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NatWest T20 Blast, July 11: As it happened

Live coverage of Friday's NatWest T20 Blast matches as Lancashire booked their quarter-final place, Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow blasted a sensational century and Northants and Glamorgan won last-over thrillers.

By Dominic Farrell

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10.15pm - So that concludes another night of now familiarly brilliant and breathless action in the NatWest T20 Blast. Lancashire are through to the quarter-finals but, with the seven other slots still up for grabs, there are some mouthwatering matches coming up. 

Essex host Kent at Colchester tomorrow. You know where to find us…

North Group

Yorkshire Vikings (186/8) beat Durham Jets (137) by 49 runs at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Lancashire Lightning (151/7) beat Leicestershire Foxes (133) by 18 runs at Grace Road.

Northants Steelbacks (192/6) beat Derbyshire Falcons (191/6) by four wickets at Wantage Road. 

Birmingham Bears (176/5) beat Worcestershire Rapids (175/6) by five wickets at Edgbaston.

South Group

Somerset (175/8) beat Gloucestershire (168/6) by seven runs at Taunton.

Glamorgan (192/4) beat Surrey (188/4) by four runs at the Kia Oval. 

Middlesex Panthers (173/6) beat Hampshire (123) by 50 runs at the Ageas Bowl.

Kent Spitfires (149/9) beat Sussex (146/9) by three runs at the County Ground.

9.55pm - RESULT! Kent Spitfires (149/9) beat Sussex (146/9) by three runs at the County Ground. Jordan fell at mid-off for 37 off the penultimate delivery, caught brilliantly by Harmison the ball after smearing Claydon for a mammoth six over extra cover. That more or less sealed the deal for Kent, who keep their quarter-final hopes just about alive. Sussex need snookers from this point.

9.47pm - Steffan Piolet mows his first ball for four down to third man. Sussex need 17 from the final over and Jordan might just fancy this.

9.37pm - RESULT! Middlesex Panthers (173/6) beat Hampshire (123) by 50 runs at the Ageas Bowl. It’s a resounding win for Middlesex, as no Hampshire players were able to come close to Paul Stirling’s excellent 64. Surrey’s defeat means Hampshire remain second in the South Group, but leaders Essex have played two games less.

9.32pm - Middlesex are on their way to a second win of the competition as Dan Christian and Neil Dexter take two wickets each in consecutive overs. It means Hampshire’s race is almost run on 120 for nine. Nevertheless, Dexter won’t want too many people reminding him that his hat-trick ball went for four wides!

At the County Ground, Jordan hit a sumptuous six over extra cover and remains on 25. But Yasir Arafat just drilled a return catch to Tredwell and it will need something very special from Sussex.

9.25pm - RESULT! Glamorgan (192/4) beat Surrey (188/4) by four runs at the Kia Oval. Another game that went to the wire, even if no wickets fell in the last 3.5 overs. But there was a nerveless display of death bowling from Jim Allenby and Michael Hogan after the latter accounted for dangerman Roy. Glamorgan, who owed much to Jacques Rudolph carrying his bat for 75, are third in the South Group - leapfrogging Surrey in fourth.

9.20pm - RESULT! Birmingham Bears (176/5) beat Worcestershire Rapids (175/6) by five wickets at Edgbaston. A superb 74 from skipper Varun Chopra meant the Bears always seemed in control on their way to derby glory. Their quarter-final hopes remain very much alive, while the Rapids remain third in the North Group despite after back-to-back defeats.

9.17pm - RESULT! Northants Steelbacks (192/6) beat Derbyshire Falcons (191/6) by four wickets at Wantage Road. Sensational hitting from both sides as the defending champions hold their nerve to win an absolute thriller. Levi’s blistering 69 at the top of the order was crucial, but White’s two maximums provided a stunning sting in the tail. Northants are two points behind fourth-placed Yorkshire in the North Group.

9.14pm - What a time for Greg Cork to claim his first senior wickets! The Derbyshire left-armer strikes twice in three deliveries, - Rossington ploughing one skywards and Ben Duckett sending back a tricky return chance… BUT WHAT A RESPONSE FROM GRAEME WHITE! Two balls, two sixes - Northants turn it around completely and now need just two runs from the last over. A truly incredible set of six!

9.08pm - Alex Blake holds on at long-off to remove Matt Machan and give Cowdrey his second wicket. Sussex in huge trouble as Chris Jordan strides out at 41 for five.

9.02pm - Do we have another local derby twist in the offing? Daryl Mitchell holds a return catch to get rid of Laurie Evans. In reality, Birmingham should still manage this with six wickets in hand and Chopra still there.

Will Owen dismissed Gary Wilson but the incoming Azhar Mahmood thumps three fours from five balls. With Roy on 60, Glamorgan could do with another wicket pretty soon.

Wainwright removing David Willey for 40 was a welcome breakthrough for Derbyshire but Adam Rossington has picked up the baton with two fours and as many sixes. Northants need 33 from 20.

Craig Cachopa is bowled by Fabian Cowdrey and Sussex are staring down the barrel. 

8.56pm - Colin Munro has Rikki Clarke stumped but the Bears look set to claim the local bragging rights. Mind you, I said that about Gloucestershire!

Stevens is right over to congratulate James Tredwell after the England man rearranges Wright’s stumps. Sussex in trouble on 32 for three.

8.53pm - Two massive wickets in as many overs from Middlesex off-spinner Ollie Rayner. The England Lions bowler sends back James Vince and Michael Carberry and Hampshire are 49 for two chasing 174.

Oh dear, Darren Stevens drops Luke Wright off his own bowling. Will the Sussex man make the Spitfires pay?

8.46pm - Varun Chopra is going along beautifully on 61 from 38 balls, containing seven fours and two sixes. But Worcestershire have a much-needed breakthrough as Saeed Ajmal has Jonathon Webb stumped for 13. The score is 115 for two, with 61 needed from 42.

8.42pm - The Falcons attack can breath a sigh of relief as David Wainwright removes Richard Levi for an absolutely brutal 69 from 39 balls. The score is 99 for one, with the Steelbacks needing 91 from 52.

Andrew Salter has Pietersen caught on the rope for 20 and Surrey are 96 for two.

Kent have continued the momentum from the back end of their innings to reduce Sussex to 14 for two. Sharks skipper Chris Nash and Luke Wells holed out during Ben Harmison’s first over.

8.30pm - In the late South Group Games, Blake’s belligerent 53 not out helped Kent recover to a handy looking 149 for nine, while Middlesex built well on Stirling’s foundation to reach 173 for six against Hampshire.

8.25pm - RESULT! Yorkshire Vikings (186/8) beat Durham Jets (137) by 49 runs at the Emirates Durham ICG. Azeem Rafiq takes two wickets for five runs in four balls to wrap things up for Yorkshire, but tonight’s game in the north east was all about Jonny Bairstow. He thrillingly thumped 102 not out to pull Yorkshire out of the trouble they found themselves in on 83 for five. Spare a thought for Durham all-rounder John Hastings, who took 3-20 and blasted 62 before ending on the losing side.

Yorkshire sit in the final quarter-final spot in the North Group, three points ahead of their opponents tonight.

8.20pm - RESULT! Somerset (175/8) beat Gloucestershire (168/6) by seven runs at Taunton. Two wickets and no runs from the last three balls mean Thomas is Somerset’s hero as the hosts prevail in a derby thriller. If Surrey can beat Glamorgan, Somerset will finish the evening in the qualification places.

For that matter, Surrey are 47 for one in the seventh over, needing 147 more with Jason Roy and Kevin Pietersen at the crease.

8.19pm - RESULT! Lancashire Lightning (151/7) beat Leicestershire Foxes (133) by 18 runs at Grace Road. The Lightning are the first team through to the quarters as their exceptional death bowling once again proves decisive. Kabir Ali gets rid of Ben Raine before a run out seals matters for Paul Horton’s team. Croft took 3-31 and three more catches, two of those helping Flintoff finish as the pick of the Red Rose attack with 3-26.

8.16pm - Sidebottom bowls Hastings for 62 and it’s a formality at Durham. More significantly, Thomas dismisses Howell in the same fashion and Gloucestershire look like they’ve let this one slip through their fingers.

8.13pm - Four to start the last over from Benny Howell, followed by a single. Gloucestershire need nine runs from four balls. Fingernails at a premium!

8.11pm - Lifeline for Kent as Alex Blake smears Jordan to all parts as the 17th over costs 24... but Ben Harmison nicks Arafat behind to make the score 129 for eight.

Hastings is still hammering away at the Emirates Durham ICG but 56 more from 13 deliveries is surely beyond the Australian all-rounder, who has 61.

Flintoff ends with 3-26 as Croft catches Tom Wells at long-on. Lancashire have the quarter-finals in sight.

8.04pm - Tim Groenewald and Alfonso Thomas are wily operators and the seamers have a wicket apiece to check Gloucestershire’s momentum. The score is 151 for four, with 25 needed from 16. Where’s your money?

Adam Ball falls as Chris Nash holds a swirly steepler off Jordan. Kent are 100 for seven.

Huge wicket at Grace Road as Junaid Khan removes Cobb for a fine 60. Leicestershire need 33 from 17 deliveries as Flintoff bowls his last.

7.56pm - Josh Cobb goes through to a fine half-century and, even allowing for Lancashire’s death-bowling expertise, the Foxes are in the box seat.

Having starred with the ball, John Hastings has thrashed his way to 35 - including three sixes. It shouldn’t matter though, as Tim Bresnan removes fellow Ashes tourist Scott Borthwick to leave Durham 98 for seven.

7.48pm - Sensational finish from Tom Knight. The youngster smashes the final ball of the innings for six to end on 44 from only 18 deliveries. There were two other maximums in the final over and five in all from Knight as Derbyshire posted an imposing 191 for six.

Ben Cox ends on 34 not out from 25 balls and Worcestershire set Birmingham Bears 175 for six. That local argument could well go to the wire.

Glamorgan make 192 for four, and Rudolph can take a bow after an excellent, unbeaten 75.

Beer completes his four overs with excellent figures of 3-18 as Chris Jordan's safe hands account for Sam Billings.

7.45pm - Dirk Nannes traps Alex Gidman leg before for 55 but he might have already done decisive damage to Somerset. Gloucestershire can claim the west country bragging rights by scoring 60 from 44 balls remaining, with eight wickets in hand.

7.37pm - Steven Croft has Ned Eckersley caught behind - the off-spinner’s second wicket - and Leicestershire are 74 for three.

Durham’s race looks run. Adil Rashid bowls Collingwood before Rich Pyrah takes two wickets in as many balls. Gordon Muchall and Ryan Pringle are back in the shed, with the score 43 for five.

Kent are enduring similar woes. Steffan Piolet trapped Darren Stevens in front before Beer draws a top edge from Daniel Bell-Drummond. Wright does the rest and it’s 62 for five.

7.26pm - Flintoff strikes! And how Lancashire needed that. Niall O’Brien goes for 24, pulling to Ashwell Prince at deep backward square.

Cross didn’t make it to 50 and that prompted a mini-collapse from Derbyshire. Alex Hughes is the latest man out, lbw to Steven Crook, and Northants have their opponents 124 for five.

Jacques Rudolph managed to bring up a half-century and is still there with Glamorgan well set on 137 for three heading into.

Stirling remains but, with a wicket apiece, Matt Coles and Danny Briggs have checked Middlesex’s progress.

Will Beer enjoys this format and he removes Fabian Cowdrey lbw. There was a hint of an inside edge but the spinner won’t mind one jot.

7.19pm - Fifty up for Gloucestershire with no damage done. Michael Klinger and Alex Gidman are both going well. Their team need 124 more from 15 overs.

Yasir Arafat has Sam Northeast caught behind down the leg side and Kent are 38 for two.

7.13pm - Andrew Flintoff is already into the Lancashire attack as Leicestershire make a good start to their chase. The Foxes are 25 without loss early in the fourth over.

Ex-Lancashire man Gareth Cross is closing on on a half-century as Derbyshire bring up three figures.

Another batsman giving it the treatment is Paul Stirling, who has 30 from 19 deliveries as Middlesex race to 45 without loss inside five overs. Hampshire asked them to bat as well!

7.09pm - Superb catch by Graeme White! James Middlebrook is the beneficiary as Marcus North departs for 29. Derbyshire are 85 for two just past halfway.

Big wicket for the Bears as Oliver Hannon-Dalby removes Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell for 33. The Rapids are 92 for three.

Kent skipper Rob Key goes caught at backward point by Luke Wright off Lewis Hatchett. The Spitfires are 27 for one after three overs.

7.06pm - It’s all going Yorkshire’s way at Durham now. Kane Williamson and Ryan Sidebottom have a wicket apiece and Durham a reeling on eight for two. Paul Collingwood hits his first ball for four - this could be the kind of situation the veteran craves.

Glamorgan now 78 for two, Gareth Batty having trapped Mark Wallace lbw for 22.

6.52pm - There it is! CENTURY FOR JONNY BAIRSTOW!!! AMAZING SCENES!!! The Yorkshire man bludgeons his sixth and final maximum of a sensational innings to reach three figures. He closes on 102 not out and from 83 for five the White Rose have recovered superbly to reach 186 for eight from their 20.

In slightly more low-key fashion, Clark and Kabir Ali added an unbeaten 37 in the last three overs, vital runs as Lancashire score 151 for seven.

6.50pm - Alfonso Thomas and Tim Groenewald put on a useful eighth-wicket partnership of 34. The latter is run out from the final ball of the innings as Somerset post 175 for eight.

6.46pm - BOOM! BOOM! BOOOOOM! Three sixes on the spin for Bairstow who has 90 and a century in his sights. But he might run out of partners as Pyrah top edges Gareth Breese to Usman Arshad and Ollie Robinson is run out next ball without facing.

6.42pm - Collingwood bowls Adil Rashid for 29 and Bairstow has Rich Pyrah for company. Those two could provide an explosive finish for Yorkshire.

6.38pm - It’s been a magnificent effort from Jonny Bairstow at the Emirates Durham ICG. The England batsman is 61 not out and Yorkshire - on 136 for five - will certainly have something to bowl at now.

By contrast, Somerset have stumbled to 141 for seven, with Payne and Tom Smith in the wickets for Gloucestershire. The visitors have pulled things back superbly.

6.34pm - Croft goes caught behind off Scott Styris. Heeeerrrrrrreee’s Freddie!

Meanwhile, Sussex win the toss and decide to bowl against Kent. Overhead conditions and a green-tinged pitch suggest the home seamers could have some fun.

6.30pm - Cobb takes a return catch to get rid of Paul Horton for 19 and Lancashire are wobbling. It’s 109 for five, with Jordan Clark in alongside Croft. Andrew Flintoff is the next man in.

6.27pm - Reverse-scoop for four and a mighty crack down the ground for the same result… but just as Buttler starts to look in ominous nick, Naik makes him his third victim! Josh Cobb holds onto a miscued reverse-sweep at cover. In comes Steven Croft and the Lightning are 105 for four with six over to go.

At Taunton, Colin Ingram’s bright and breezy 24 is ended by Will Gidman, David Payne the catcher at deep square-leg. And another! Graeme McCarter strikes next over to end Kieswetter’s watchful 39 as Cockbain takes his third catch of the innings.

6.17pm - Tim Bresnan hooks to long-leg and Hastings has another. Yorkshire in all sorts of strife on 84 for five.

6.13pm - Prince holes out to long-on and Naik has another. Lancashire 78 for three in the 11th. In comes Jos Buttler.

Meanwhile, at Taunton, Peter Trego becomes Howell's and Gloucestershire's second wicket.

6.09pm - In the 6.30pm starts, Northants, Birmingham and Surrey have all won the toss and decided to field.

6.04pm - Wickets in each of the three early matches! Compton departs four short of a half-century as Iain Cockbain pouches him on the run in the deep off Benny Howell.

Ned Eckersley is another man to excel in the field, running backwards at midwicket to remove Lancashire’s Karl Brown. Off-spinner Jigar Naik is the bowler celebrating after drawing a top-edged sweep.

Collingwood sends down a superb first over, costing a solitary run and dismissing Alex Lees for 29.

5.56pm - Of the batting sides, Somerset have enjoyed comfortably the best powerplay. They’re flying on 60 without loss after six overs. Compton is making the most of that life and has 41 from 22 balls.

5.42pm - Hastings removes Kane Williamson - like Finch trying to play to leg and getting caught on the on-side - and it’s a wretched start from Yorkshire. 

Tom Smith hits the first boundary of the Lancashire innings but skews his next ball to cover. The Lightning are 19 for one in the fourth.

There’s a life for Nick Compton, as Alex Gidman shells a skier running backwards. Craig Kieswetter adds insult to injury by smoking a six. Somerset are 23 without loss.

5.32pm - John Hastings strikes in his first over for Durham and it’s the big one - Paul Collingwood shows typical excellence in the field to dismiss Yorkshire dangerman Aaron Finch, snaffling a leading edge at point.

Lancashire blasted their way well beyond 200 last time out at Worcestershire but Charlie Shreck is certainly not keen on a repeat. The rangy seamer’s first set of six cost just a couple of singles.

5.20pm - Third plays fourth in the South Group at the Kia Oval, where Surrey welcome Glamorgan. The visitors will do well to shackle Jason Roy, and Alec Stewart believes the penny is starting to drop for the big-hitting opener amid a superb individual campaign.

5.15pm - A win for Lancashire tonight will see the North Group leaders safely into the quarter-finals. Here’s what veteran batsman Ashwell Prince had to say about the influence of a certain Mr Flintoff on the in-form team. The former England all-rounder features again at Grace Road this evening.

5.10pm - Further to that toss news from the Emirates Durham ICG, Gloucestershire have done likewise and asked Somerset to post a total. Lancashire skipper Paul Horton called correctly and the Red Rose will bat first at Leicestershire.

5pm - Hello and welcome to another Friday night of thrills and spills in the NatWest T20 Blast. There are four games apiece in the North and South Groups on the agenda. Here are the runners and riders.

North Group

Durham Jets v Yorkshire Vikings (5.30pm)

Leicestershire Foxes v Lancashire Lightning (5.30pm)

Northants Steelbacks v Derbyshire Falcons (6.30pm)

Birmingham Bears v Worcestershire Royals (6.30pm)

South Group

Somerset v Gloucestershire (5.30pm)

Surrey v Glamorgan (6.30pm)

Hampshire v Middlesex Panthers (7pm)

Sussex Sharks v Kent Spitfires (7pm)

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