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NatWest T20 Blast, June 13: As it happened

Recap a memorable evening of NatWest T20 Blast action that saw Essex replace Hampshire atop the South Group while Worcestershire and Lancashire won to stay jointly at the summit of the North Group. Glamorgan tied with Kent.

By Dominic Farrell & Rob Barnett

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10.07pm – Here’s a wrap on tonight’s action:

North Group

Sixties from Daryl Mitchell and Colin Munro enabled leaders Worcestershire Rapids to hold off Derbyshire Falcons.

On-loan Richard Jones takes 5-34 on Leicestershire Foxes debut, but Lancashire Lightning prevailed to stay second.

Yorkshire Vikings, whose 181 for three was the highest score of the night, avenged their opening-round defeat to holders Northants Steelbacks as Jonny Bairstow’s unbeaten 60 had more impact than Richard Levi’s 76.

Birmingham Bears silenced Notts Outlaws home supporters with a fairly straightforward win.

South Group

Eagles Eagles comfortably chased 163 to beat Gloucestershire and go top of the table as Ravi Bopara’s 66 not out trumped Hamish Marshall’s 74.

Previous leaders Hampshire lost at Somerset by just one run with fifties from Craig Kieswetter and Peter Trego proving decisive.

Third-placed Glamorgan tied with Kent Spitfires as Darren Stevens’ 71 was not entirely rewarded in Kent’s pursuit of 178.

Surrey thumped Sussex Sharks by 10 wickets thanks to unbeaten half-centuries from Jason Roy and Hashim Amla.

9.47pm – RESULT! Worcestershire Rapids (177/5) hold off Derbyshire Falcons (169/8) by eight runs at the 3aaa County Ground. Chris Russell strikes with the game’s last two balls to make it three in the over and to earn figures of 4-40.

9.39pm – In the one remaining game, Jack Shantry ousts Madsen for 65, leaving Derbyshire needing 19 from nine balls with five wickets left.

9.34pm – RESULT! Essex Eagles (163/2) beat Gloucestershire (162/6) by eight wickets at the Essex County Ground. Tom Westley and Bopara share an unbroken stand of 112 to complete the chase with nine balls unused. Westley hit 55 and Bopara 68.

9.27pm – Ravi Bopara and Wayne Madsen speed to half-centuries, both from 31 balls to respectively keep Essex and Derbyshire on course for victory.

9.25pm – RESULT! Glamorgan (177/7) tie with Kent Spitfires (177/9) at the SWALEC Stadium. With three needed from the last over, Michael Hogan snares two scalps in two deliveries and continues to keep it tight before Doug Bollinger is run out from the last ball. Amazing scenes in south Wales!

9.18pm – RESULT! Yorkshire Vikings (181/3) beat Northants Steelbacks (165/9) by 16 runs at Wantage Road. Levi’s 76 proves in vain as Yorkshire avenge defeat in the reverse fixture.

9.13pm – RESULT! Lancashire Lightning (166/7) see off Leicestershire Foxes (157/7) by nine runs at Emirates Old Trafford. Junaid’s late wickets prove crucial as the Red Rose county prevails.

9.04pm – Junaid Khan bags two scalps in two overs, Matt Boyce for 47 and Tom Wells for 28, as it gets really tense at Emirates Old Trafford.

8.54pm – RESULT! Surrey (149/0) thrash Sussex Sharks (148/5) by 10 wickets at the Kia Oval. Roy’s 81 and 61 from Amla see Surrey home with a massive 27 balls to spare.

Darren Stevens raises a fifty, keeping Kent in it, but Levi falls to Azeem Rafiq for 76 as Northants stutter.

8.51pm – RESULT! Birmingham Bears (156/5) defeat Notts Outlaws (138/7) by 18 runs at Trent Bridge. The hosts fall well short as Jeetan Patel, although wicketless, proves particularly miserly.

8.48pm – Hashim Amla follows Roy to a half-century as Surrey cruise towards their target.

8.39pm Notts lose a flurry of wickets, including two in a Recordo Gordon over.

Lancashire are on top of Leicestershire and Glamorgan are dominating Kent.

8.34pm – Jason Roy and Richard Levi have fifties. Roy is putting Surrey on course for victory but Northants have their work cut out to chase 182.

8.26pm – RESULT! Somerset (176/4) beat Hampshire (175/7) by one run at Taunton. The visitors needed 34 from the last two overs and Will Smith’s three sixes took them close, but that man Thomas closes out the narrowest of wins.

8.22pm – Gloucestershire set Essex 163 for victory. Their 162 for six was built on Marshall’s 74.

8.13pm – Alfonso Thomas, who took four wickets in four balls this week, has two in two as Sean Ervine and Matt Coles are on their way, making Hampshire 139 for seven Adam Wheater prevents a hat-trick.

Worcestershire post 177 for five thanks to Munro’s 65 and 68 not out from Mitchell.

7.59pm - Mitchell and Hamish Marshall have half-centuries for Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. Their sides are 145 for three and 122 for five respectively.

Hampshire need 64 from the final six overs having recently lost Owais Shah in the deep for 22.

7.56pm - MASSIVE OVER FROM SHOAIB MALIK! The Bears are back in it as their Pakistan all-rounder gets the better of Hales and Lumb in the space of three balls. James Taylor and Samit Patel must rebuild for the Outlaws.

7.53pm - Clark and Lilley clatter a six apiece, with the former falling as Lancashire finish on 166 for seven.

Bairstow and Lyth put on an unbeaten 90 and ended on 60 and 46 as Yorkshire thump an imposing 181 for three.

Sammy’s 17-ball 19 at the death helped Glamorgan to 177 for seven.

7.48pm - Five wickets for Richard Jones! What a sensational Foxes debut for the Warwickshire loanee, and his fourth and fifth are massive as Lancashire lose Croft and Buttler from consecutive balls. Jordan Clark and Arron Lilley begin the final over at the crease.

Tim Phillips bowls Benny Howell for 19 and Gloucestershire are 94 for four with eight overs to improve their score. At the SWALEC Stadium, Bollinger sends Graham Wagg back in similar fashion.

Hales cracks back-to-back sixes as Boyd Rankin drops short and the Outlaws are motoring.

Worcestershire are 119 for three after Colin Munroe’s blistering 65 comes to a close down at third man. 

7.42pm - James Tredwell removes Cooke for a brisk 34 but Kent will be dreading the prospect of Darren Sammy going hell-for-leather in the closing two overs.

Yorkshire are 162 for three with 10 balls to go, in which time Bairstow and Adam Lyth could both register fifties.

7.40pm - Tidy start from England duo Alex Hales and Michael Lumb for Notts. They’re 21 without loss after three, chasing 157.

Craig Kieswetter holds behind the poles as Waller removes Maxwell for 21 to leave Somerset in the box seat.

7.35pm - Lancashire lose Paul Horton for a run-a-ball 40. The score is 123 for four with three overs to go and Jos Buttler has Steven Croft for company in the final assault.

7.33pm - Carberry falls for 40, caught by Max Waller off Craig Meschede. The batsmen crossed and Maxwell smashes the next ball for six to retain Hampshire’s momentum.

7.27pm - Ravi Bopara bowls Ian Cockbain with his first ball of the match and Gloucestershire are 45 for three.

Stevens redeems himself with the key wicket of Allenby for 54 and Glamorgan are 123 for four heading into the final six overs of their innings.

7.22pm - Michael Carberry could have a big say in Hampshire’s victory hopes at Taunton. The visitors are 31 for two with the England man alongside Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell. They probably need something big from this partnership.

7.17pm - Apologies to Lees - looks like I cursed the Yorkshire man as he chips Matt Spriegel to short extra-cover for 35.

Stevens shells Glamorgan’s Chris Cooke off his own bowling. Will that be costly?

An Evans-inspired Bears post 156 for five at Trent Bridge. He finished on 45 and shared an unbeaten partnership of 67 with Ateeq Javid.

Smith reaches 50 for the third time in the campaign with a six over midwicket but Rob Taylor traps him lbw next ball.

Robin Peterson and Gareth Batty are in the wickets as Sussex slump to 66 for four just after halfway.

7.10pm - Essex are up and running as David Masters clatters through Alex Gidman’s stumps. The Gladiators are 20 for one after three overs.

Glamorgan have lost Murray Goodwin but Jim Allenby is now just three shy of a half-century.

Lancashire are 72 for two just after halfway - that man Tom Smith looking great again on 35 - and Yorkshire have moved to 89 for two after 11 thanks to an unbeaten stand of 51 by Alex Lees and Jonny Bairstow.

7.05pm - Is Peter Trego playing Hampshire by himself? Following his heroics with the bat, the all-rounder bags Hampshire dangerman James Vince for a duck!

Brilliant counter-attacking from Birmingham’s Laurie Evans. He has 38 from 19.

7.03pm - A couple of well-set batsmen are back in the shed. Tom Curran bowls Wright to give Surrey a huge breakthrough, while Kent left-armer Adam Ball brings an end to a breezy 33 from Glamorgan captain Mark Wallace.

7pm - Dream start for Derbyshire! Wes Durston bowls Richard Oliver with his third ball and  completes a wicket-maiden.

6.57pm - Luke Wright has raced to 31 with the Sharks 43 without loss after the powerplay overs, while Birmingham are 106 for five and have 24 deliveries to work with. 

6.53pm - Just one boundary from the final over as Abbott closes the show effectively and Somerset post 176 for four at Taunton. It’s a high scoring ground and Hampshire will certainly fancy their chances.

Skipper Andrew Gale is caught at the wicket off Azharullah and Yorkshire are 44 for two.

6.50pm - Shoaib Malik was threatening a recovery for Birmingham but Riki Wessels takes an absolute screamer to dismiss him for 29! Patel is the bowler celebrating and the Bears are 92 for five in the 15th.

Jones also has a second wicket as Karl Brown departs caught behind for seven. Lancashire are 43 for two, with Smith on 21 from 13 balls.

6.46pm - Jones enjoys a dream start to his Leicestershire career as Ashwell Prince carves to Matthew Boyce at cover.

Alviro Petersen is stumped off Wood and Somerset are 167 for four heading into the last.

6.43pm - It’s been a bad couple of minutes for two T20 Blast dangermen. Trego is bowled by Kyle Abbott for a fine 76, while Yorkshire lose Australia opener Arron Finch to Olly Stone for five. That’s a huge wicket for the Steelbacks youngster.

6.39pm - Trego has 70 with three overs remaining. Will the all-rounder have designs on a spectacular century?

At the 3aaa County Ground Derbyshire have won the toss and will bowl against Worcestershire.

6.33pm - Samit Patel got among the wickets with his first ball of left-arm spin and Warwickshire are struggling on 53 for three.

Vital early breakthrough for Kent as Glamorgan danger man is snaffled by Doug Bollinger off Darren Stevens.

6.24pm - Trego brings up fifty with a maximum and Kieswetter follows suit having also reached the landmark. The 14th over from Sean Ervine cost 19 and the charge looks to have started.

Just five singles from 12 balls for Birmingham since Webb’s demise.

6.18pm - Jonathon Webb struck his first two deliveries for four but he falls to Ajmal Shahzad and the Bears are 35 for two.

Kieswetter and Trego are closing in on fifties with Somerset 102 for one after 13.

6.14pm - Hampshire’s economical work with the balls continues courtesy of Matt Coles and James Vince. Somerset need to break the shackles.

6.11pm - England left-armer Harry Gurney removes Will Porterfield for six and the Outlaws have an early breakthrough in the all-midlands clash.

6.09pm - Hampshire haven’t let Somerset get away but Kieswetter and Peter Trego are still there at the halfway stage. Both players have 34 and are capable of fireworks.

6.06pm - There’s a north-south divide in the tosses for the 7.30pm matches. Lancashire and Yorkshire opt to bat after calling correctly but Kent and Surrey will bowl.

5.53pm - Somerset are 45 for one at the end of the powerplay. Craig Kieswetter is well set with 22 from 17 deliveries.

5.39pm - Leicestershire have bolstered their bowling resources and will be able to call on Richard Jones at Emirates Old Trafford after signing the seamer on a one-month loan deal from Warwickshire.

Jones’s namesake Chris is the first man to go for Somerset. Chris Wood rearranged his poles and the hosts are 24 for one after a miserly third over from Kyle Abbott.

At Trent Bridge, Birmingham Bears have won the toss and decided to post a total.

5.20pm - Just 10 minutes until blast off in our first game. If you fancy a little pre-match reading, here’s some exclusive pieces with some of this evening’s would-be heroes.

In-form all-rounder Tom Smith is looking to get Lancashire back to winning ways after their dramatic defeat to rivals Yorkshire, while Daryl Mitchell’s Worcestershire are the team that the the Red Rose are looking to catch at the North Group summit.

Meanwhile, Somerset hitter Johann Myburgh is targeting a boundary fest at Taunton tonight.

5.05pm - Here’s full rundown of tonight’s fixtures and their start times. Hampshire have won the toss and will field.

North Group

Notts Outlaws v Birmingham Bears (6pm)

Lancashire Lightning v Leicestershire Foxes (6.30pm)

Northants Steelbacks v Yorkshire Vikings (6.30pm)

Derbyshire Falcons v Worcestershire Rapids (7pm)

South Group

Somerset v Hampshire (5.30pm)

Glamorgan v Kent Spitfires (6.30pm)

Surrey v Sussex Sharks (6.30pm)

Essex Eagles v Gloucestershire Gladiators (7pm)

5pm - Hello and welcome to the latest big Friday night of thrills and spills in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Bats and stumps will soon be whirring at Taunton, where Somerset entertain Hampshire at 5.30pm, with seven further contests following hot on its heels.

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