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NatWest T20 Blast, July 6: As it happened

A recap of the day's NatWest T20 Blast action, with Andrew Flintoff taking 2-36 for Lancashire Lightning, who beat Worcestershire Rapids to move top of the North Group.

By Callum Dent

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5.25pm - Another enthralling day of NatWest T20 Blast action comes to an end. Here is what happened: 

North Group

Andrew Flintoff took 2-36 on his return to competitive cricket as Lancashire Lightning defeated Worcestershire Rapids by 50 runs at New Road to move top of the North Group. 

Derbyshire Falcons remain rooted to the bottom after losing by five wickets to Leicestershire Foxes at Chesterfield. 

South Group

Hampshire wasted the opportunity to move level on points with South Group leaders Essex Eagles following a 39-run defeat to Somerset at the Ageas Bowl.

5.20pm - RESULT! Somerset beat Hampshire by 39 runs at the Ageas Bowl. A brilliant bowling effort from Somerset breathes new life into their South Group campaign. Hampshire miss the chance to move level on points with leaders Essex Eagles.

5.18pm - RESULT! Lancashire Lightning beat Worcestershire Rapids by 50 runs at New Road. Flintoff takes 2-36 as the Lightning replace the Rapids at the top of the North Group. A fantastic batting display helped the Red Rose set up victory. 

5.16pm - Marcus Trescothick takes a low catch in the covers to dismiss Abbott. That should be the match now for Somerset, whose opponents need 40 off 21 balls. 

5.15pm - RESULT! Leicestershire Foxes beat Derbyshire Falcons by five wickets at Chesterfield. Scott Styris departs to the first ball of the last over, but the Foxes get over the line the next delivery. Smith finishes unbeaten on 65. 

5.10pm - Kabir bowls Ben Cox as the Lightning close in on the victory that will take them top of the North Group. 

Leicestershire need four from the final over to win at Chesterfield. 

Thomas removes Chris Wood. But Michael Bates and Kyle Abbott are still having a go at the Ageas Bowl. 

5.03pm - After giving Hampshire a sniff, Matt Coles holes out to the deep off Trego to depart for 25. 

Durston takes a wicket, that of Matthew Boyce, but he cannot stop Greg Smith reaching fifty as the Foxes close in on victory.

Kabir Ali bowls Colin Munro to leave Worcestershire behind the rate. They are 152 for five in the 16th over chasing 230. 

4.50pm - Flintoff's first ball of his second spell is another maximum. However, the former England all-rounder responds by bowling Tom Kohler-Cadmore. 

Ned Eckersley falls to North at Chesterfield. Can the Falcons defend that target of 144?

Hampshire require 100 from the final 10 overs with four wickets in tact at the Ageas Bowl. 

4.43pm - Croft removes Oliver for 44 from 29 balls. A big wicket for the Lightning. The Rapids are 116 for two after 12.

Craig Kieswetter stumps Sean Ervine off Max Waller to reduce Hampshire to 41 for six. 

Leicestershire need 65 to win from nine overs at Chesterfield. 

4.37pm - Hampshire are in disarray. Carberry runs himself out now, with a direct hit from Thomas sending him back for 10. 

4.34pm - Disaster for Hampshire! A huge mix-up between Michael Carberry and Maxwell sees the latter run out. Somerset are all over the home side like a rash.  

4.31pm - Will Smith slaps an Alfonso Thomas full toss straight to Alviro Petersen in the deep, leaving Hampshire 33 for three in the fifth. Here comes Glenn Maxwell. 

Daryl Mitchell is stumped by Jos Buttler off a Steven Croft wide for a 28-ball 40. Worcestershire are 90 for one from eight overs. The Rapids are making a good fist of it at New Road. 

4.24pm - WOW! Richard Oliver takes his boyhood hero for six and four off his first two deliveries. Flintoff's first set of six for five years goes for 15. 

Leicestershire are not having it their own way in their chase at Chesterfield. Another fine catch, this time from Alex Hughes, sees Josh Cobb depart off Chesney Hughes. The Foxes are 44 for two after six overs. 

4.21pm - Andrew Flintoff is thrown the ball immediately after the powerplay. Lancashire need a breakthrough. 

4.20pm - Early wickets were on the menu for Somerset and that is what they have got. Jimmy Adams skies Dirk Nannes into the air and Craig Meschede takes the catch. Hampshire are making a mess of their pursuit of 156, falling to 11 for two.  

4.15pm - A fine catch from Wayne Madsen hands Marcus North a wicket with his third ball. Ireland international Niall O'Brien heads back to the pavilion for 10 of Leicestershire's 19 for one.  

4.11pm - Somerset make a fine start with the ball. Hampshire dangerman James Vince moves too far across his stumps and is pinned lbw by Peter Trego first delivery. A huge blow for the hosts. 

3.57pm - Somerset struggle to find the boundary in the latter stages, having to settle for 155 for four. Michael Carberry claims a smart catch in the deep to dismiss James Hildreth from Abbott's final ball. It's a good job Durston and Kieswetter turned up for Derbyshire and Somerset today. 

3.54pm - Ireland has unbelievable figures of 5-22. After dismissing Palladino and Alex Hughes, he then bowls Greg Cork for a golden duck with the penultimate ball of the innings. Mark Turner is run out and the Falcons are dismissed for 143 in their 20 overs. They lost their last six wickets for just eight runs. Remarkable. 

3.50pm - Ireland has a third at Chesterfield to limit Derbyshire. Tony Palladino goes for a single. 

3.49pm - Lancashire post a mammoth 229 for four courtesy of a late unbeaten 29 off 11 deliveries from Steven Croft.  The highest score of the season. Flintoff not required. How long will it be before we see him with the ball in hand? Worcestershire need 230 to keep the second-placed Lightning at bay and preserve their position at the top of the North Group. 

Durston departs for 89. A stunning knock ends when he is caught on the boundary off Ben Raine. 

Play resumes at the Ageas Bowl, with Somerset 141 for three with two overs remaining. 

3.40pm - Prince is run out for 68 at New Road. Can the Rapids finish with a flourish to take some momentum into their reply?

3.36pm - Can Durston reach three figures? He needs another 22 from the final 21 deliveries at Chesterfield. 

Rain takes the players off at the Ageas Bowl. A passing shower hopefully.   

3.34pm - Buttler is cutting loose at New Road. The England wicketkeeper-batsman reaches fifty from just 26 balls but then becomes Munro's second victim. Andrew Flintoff may not be needed with the bat.

Jigar Naik takes a return catch to oust Marcus North for 20, leaving the Falcons 112 for four with 26 balls remaining. 

3.25pm - Coles snares another key wicket at the Ageas Bowl. The former Kent seamer fools Kieswetter with a slower ball that the batsman inside-edges on to his own stumps, departing for a fine 60 off 44 balls. Somerset are 115 for three in the 15th over. 

Lancashire are 155 for two heading into the last five overs. Two hundred is on!

3.18pm - The third half-century in six minutes comes from Prince at New Road. Arriving from just 32 deliveries, it is the quickest of the day so far. Lancashire are flying along at 10 runs an over. 

Alviro Petersen gets in on the act at the Ageas Bowl, hitting his first maximum. The hosts need wickets. 

3.15pm - Kieswetter follows Durston to the milestone, going there in 35 balls. Hampshire need him out pretty sharpish. 

3.12pm - Durston moves to a half-century off just 34 deliveries. He is holding the Falcons innings together.  

3.10pm - Derbyshire's progress slows at Chesterfield, the hosts reaching the 10-over mark on 69 for two. 

Somerset, meanwhile, are 77 for two with Kieswetter unbeaten on 40. Another fine knock from the in-form wicketkeeper-batsman. 

3.06pm - Karl Brown's cameo of 29 off 16 balls ends when he finds Chris Russell at short third-man off Worcestershire seamer Colin Munro. The Lightning are 98 for two at the halfway stage, with Jos Buttler and Ashwell Prince at the crease. 

3pm - Matt Coles' first ball of his second over accounts for Trego, who pulls a short delivery into the hands of Will Smith on the midwicket boundary. Somerset are 60 for two after 7.1 overs.

Scott Styris traps Wayne Madsen lbw at Chesterfield to reduce the Falcons to 56 for three in the seventh. 

2.58pm - Trego and Kieswetter see Somerset to 51 at the end of the first six overs, while Derbyshire are 55 for two. Wes Durston is motoring along on 41.  

2.52pm - Peter Trego and Kieswetter look to be struggling with their timing in the early exchanges at the Ageas Bowl. However, the latter opens up and blasts the first maximum of the innings, over cow corner, in an Abbott over that costs 18. After a slow start, Somerset are ticking along nicely now. 

Lancashire take 61 from the powerplay for just the loss of Smith. 

2.46pm - Ireland strikes again at Chesterfield, bowling Gareth Cross to leave Derbyshire 19 for two in the fourth over. The seamer has stunning figures of 2-0 off 1.1 overs. 

Smith clobbers Saeed Ajmal for a six and two fours in five balls before the spinner responds by having the left-hander stumped by Ben Cox. Smith goes for 30 of Lancashire's 36 for one. 

2.42pm - Craig Kieswetter punishes Kyle Abbott for over-stepping, driving the seamer through the covers for four off the free-hit.  

2.36pm - Chris Wood claims the scalp of Marcus Trescothick, caught behind for two. Big blow for Somerset. Chesney Hughes departs to Anthony Ireland's fourth ball at Chesterfield.  

2.33pm - Tom Smith frees his arms to collect nine of Lancashire's 10 from the opening over. 

2.25pm - While we wait for the action to start, why not read our preview of the trio of matches. 

2.19pm - Will Flintoff get a bat at New Road? The 36-year-old is scheduled to come in at number eight.  

2.06pm - We have news of the toss from the three matches. Worcestershire and Leicestershire choose to bowl while Somerset opt to bat. 

Some huge breaking news from New Road. Former England skipper Andrew Flintoff makes his return to cricket as the all-rounder is named in Lancashire's team. 

2pm - Good afternoon and welcome to our NatWest T20 Blast blog. Here are today's fixtures: 

North Group

Worcestershire Rapids v Lancashire Lightning, New Road

Derbyshire Falcons v Leicestershire Foxes, Chesterfield

South Group

Hampshire v Somerset, Ageas Bowl 

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