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NatWest T20 Blast, June 20: As it happened

Coverage of another exciting night of NatWest T20 Blast action as the pacesetters in the North and South Groups continued their impressive form.

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By Glen Robertson & Dominic Farrell

10.20pm - Here’s a summary of tonight’s results, where wins for Worcestershire and Lancashire mean the Rapid and the Lightning are locked together at the top of the North Group. Dramatic triumphs for Essex Eagles and Hampshire mean the top two also remain unchanged down south.

Same time again next week? It’d be rude not to!

North Group

Leicestershire Foxes (178/6) beat Durham Jets (177/7) by four wickets at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Worcestershire Rapids (134/2) beat Birmingham Bears (133/8) by eight wickets at New Road.

Nottinghamshire Outlaws (206/5) beat Derbyshire Falcons (179/7) by 27 runs at Trent Bridge.

Lancashire Lightning (187/3) beat Northants Steelbacks (134) by 53 runs at Emirates Old Trafford.

South Group

Surrey (165/5) beat Glamorgan (148/8) by 17 runs at the SWALEC Stadium

Essex Eagles (157/8) beat Middlesex Panthers by two wickets at the Essex County Ground.

Hampshire (180/6) beat Gloucestershire (178/8) by two runs at the Ageas Bowl.

Sussex Sharks (149/8) beat Kent Spitfires (114) by 35 runs at the Spitfire Ground.

9.54pm - RESULT! Hampshire (180/6) beat Gloucestershire (178/8) by two runs. Gloucestershire got closer than they had any right to on account of a blistering 50 from Benny Howell. They needed 20 from the last over and he promptly smacked three consecutive fours. But with Tom Smith supporting wonderfully and ending on 30 not out, Howell was run out turning for a second off the Kyle Abbott’s penultimate delivery.

9.53pm - RESULT! Essex Eagles (157/8) beat Middlesex Panthers (153/5) by two wickets at the Essex County Ground. Tim Phillips is the Eagles’ hero with four sixes in a 13-ball 33, striking two in the last over either side of Tymal Mills being run out off a wide. Breathless stuff.

9.42pm - RESULT! Sussex Sharks (149/8) beat Kent Spitfires (114) by 35 runs at the Spitfire Ground. Yasir Arafat bowls Adam Ball to complete the rout on a night when Luke Wright appeared to be playing a different game to all the other batsmen.

9.40pm - Ryan ten Doeschate mows a humongous six out of the ground but debutant Podmore holds his nerve, Eoin Morgan taking a superb catch to remove the big-hitting Essex man for 34 two balls later. The hosts need 14 from eight.

9.36pm - James Harris’ slower ball gets the treatment, Tim Phillips pulling his second six, and Essex need 20 from 12 balls. This one is going to the wire.

Gloucestershire have a chance if Howell stays in. He's gone bananas, quite frankly, and has 44 off 16 delivieries.

9.31pm - RESULT! Surrey (165/5) beat Glamorgan (148/8) by 17 runs at the SWALEC Stadium. Hashim Amla’s typically classy fifty laid the foundations for Surrey and youngster Tom Curran impressed with 3-23, as Glamorgan’s lower middle-order subsided.  

9.27pm - Azhar Mahmood bowls Graham Wagg before Jade Dernbach gets his second wicket and Glamorgan - who are eight down - need an unlikely 28 from the last over.

Gurjit Sandhu is back into the Middlesex attack and pouches a return catch from James Foster. The pendulum swings again!

Benny Howell has three sixes in a 10-ball 26 but he’s running out of partners as Danny Briggs traps Jack Taylor lbw.

Kent are nine down, with Chris Nash having bowled Doug Bollinger.

9.20pm - Beer guzzles down another wicket as Harry Finch catches Mitchell Claydon. Kent are in a sorry state - the score is 79 for eight and the Sharks are on the brink.

Another one bites the dust for Essex. Dawid Malan makes no mistake on the rope to reward Dan Christian with the wicket of Ben Foakes.

Chris Dent is lbw to Will Smith and Gloucestershire are 93 for five.

9.15pm - RESULT! Lancashire Lightning (187/3) beat Northants Steelbacks (134) by 53 runs at Emirates Old Trafford. In reality, that’s an absolute hiding for the defending champions, who found Lightning stars Jos Buttler and Junaid Khan in prime form.

9.12pm - It’s gone absolutely wicket crazy across the country! Essex are 70 for four, and they’re big scalps for Middlesex: Bopara falls to Ravi Patel and Dexter snares Pettini.

Sussex have three breakthroughs in as many overs - two and one for Steffan Piolet and Will Beer respectively - and Kent have slumped to 71 for six.

Advantage Surrey at the SWALEC Stadium as Robin Peterson traps Darren Sammy lbw for nought. He follows Chris Cooke and Ben Wright back to the shed and Glamorgan are 117 for six. Curran has 3-23.

Matt Coles bowls Ian Cockbain and Gloucestershire are 76 for three. With a required rate in excess of 12, that looks a mightily tall order.

9.04pm - Kabir Ali has Ben Duckett caught in the deep by Karl Brown and a direct hit from Ashwell Prince sends back Matt Spriegel before Junaid rearranges James Middlebrook’s and Ollie Stone’s furniture. The upshot is Northants are 128 for nine, Lancashire are on the brink and the Pakistani paceman is on a hat-trick.

8.59pm - Big wicket for Surrey, as Gareth Batty has Allenby stumped for 52. Glamorgan are 102 for three and need 64 from 41 deliveries. Stewart Walters is well set on 23.

Neil Dexter has bowled Tom Westley and we definitely have a game on at Chelmsford. This stand between Mark Pettini - 38 not out - and Ravi Bopara could be key.

8.51pm - RESULT! Nottinghamshire Outlaws (206/5) beat Derbyshire Falcons (179/7) by 27 runs at Trent Bridge. Wickets clattered as the wheels came off Derbyshire’s brave chase in the closing stages at Trent Bridge. Madsen fell to Harry Gurney for a brilliant 65 and Ajmal Shahzad bowled Tony Palladino from the final ball to wrap matters up emphatically.

8.50pm - Sam Northeast fell to Hatchett in similar fashion to Key and, with James Anyon in on the act to send Alex Blake packing (or should that be “quacking”?) for a duck, Kent are 36 for three and in all sorts of strife.

Middlesex debutant Harry Podmore saw off dangerman Jesse Ryder with his first ball - I hope he remembered to set Sky Plus!

Skipper Jim Allenby is through to an excellent fifty and Glamorgan are right in the game against Surrey.

8.45pm - Lancashire’s spinners are squeezing the life out of Northants. Lilley pins Rob Keogh lbw for his second after Stephen Parry removes former team-mate Steven Crook.

8.42pm - There’s been some truly sensational hitting from Wayne Madsen and Gareth Cross on their way to blistering half-centuries but the latter is out for 54 and It looks like Derbyshire’s race is run. They need 37 off 10 balls.

8.33pm - Instant breakthrough for Sussex as Lewis Hatchett clatters through Rob Key’s stumps before he has chance to bother the scorers.

Lancashire continue to impress as off-spinner Arron Lilley celebrates his first over by dismissing David Sales for 25.

Another man to strike in his first set of six is Surrey seamer Tom Curran. Mark Wallace is the man to go and Glamorgan are in a spot of bother on 35 for two.

8.25pm - Here’s a quick end of innings summary from the three late starts in the South Group, where run chases are about to start.

Middlesex Panthers scored 153 for five after being asked to bat by Essex Eagles at the Essex County Ground.

Hampshire made the most of calling correctly, posting 180 for six against Gloucestershire at the Ageas Bowl.

Sussex Sharks made 149 for eight against Kent Spitfires at the Spitfire Ground.

8.20pm - RESULT! Leicestershire Foxes (178/6) beat Durham Jets (177/7) by four wickets at the Emirates Durham ICG. Some lusty hitting from Tom Wells sees the Foxes home with five balls to spare. He finished 31 not out, plundering three sixes from 18 deliveries.

8.22pm - Doug Bollinger bowls Yasir Arafat for one and then traps Will Beer lbw. Nobody is hanging around with Wright for long. He's still there on 79.

Leicestershire need 26 from two overs to beat Durham.

8.05pm - What a horrendous start for the reigning champions! Northants lose Richard Levi and David Willey in successive deliveries, the first a run out and the second seeing Junaid Khan's yorker bowling the dangerous all-rounder. They have it all to do now.

Paul Collingwood accounts for Rob Taylor in an over that cost just two runs, leaving the Foxes requiring 32 from 18 deliveries. Hampshire lose another as Adam Wheater is removed for six. Adams is still looking strong, though.

8pm - RESULT! Worcestershire Rapids (134/2) beat Birmingham Bears (133/8) by eight wickets at New Road. Worcestershire - and Daryl Mitchell - are unstoppable right now! It's six wins in a row, with the skipper scoring in the 60s for the third time in four Blast innings.

A horrible mix-up sees Morgan run out for 69, with Middlesex now 122 for five. Derbyshire are on the ropes as Marcus North goes for six while James Tredwell has a second wicket as he takes a return catch to oust Matt Machan.

7.52pm - Are Leicestershire going to do this? They will if there is another over like that one! Usman Arshad is replaced mid-over after consecutive no balls - following on from an earlier wide - but Steve Borthwick then immediately concedes four byes, before being hit for a four and a six! But Jennings strikes in the next over! Dan Redfern has gone for 14. The Foxes need 43 from 36 balls.

There have been a glut of wickets elsewhere. Surrey are five down, Azhar Mahmood skittled by Darren Sammy, Chesney Hughes falls to Luke Fletcher in the same fashion at Trent Bridge, while Hampshire and Sussex also suffer a loss each.

7.45pm - Buttler's big-hitting has helped Lancashire Lightning post 187 for three at Emirates Old Trafford. Northants Steelbacks will need a big performance from David Willey in their response.

Hampshire are rocketing on at over 10 an over, but Maxwell is the third wicket to fall. He made 30 from 16 balls, including two sixes. Sean Ervine joins Jimmy Adams, who is unbeaten on 39.

7.39pm - Amla goes for 55 to Graham Wagg, leaving Surrey 110 for four, while Derbyshire Falcons' chase takes a hit as Stephen Moore is run out for 13.

There are half-centuries for in-form Daryl Mitchell, Luke Wright and Jos Buttler, while Leicestershire are 94 for three, with Greg Smith lbw to Keaton Jennings.

7.33pm - Tymal Mills bowls Dawid Malan for 28 at Chelmsford. Malan's partnership with Eoin Morgan added 65 for the second wicket.

Chris Woakes removes Tom Kohler-Cadmore at New Road, but the Rapids are well on course for victory there, needing 60 from 13 overs.

7.24pm - James Vince's stay was short - lasting 20 balls - but he didn't half make the most of it. Seven fours and a six were hit in his 39, before Tom Smith sent him on his way. Glenn Maxwell is the next man in, so the fun could continue for Hampshire fans.

Ben Stokes makes the Foxes' run-chase that much harder as he removes Josh Cobb for 29, while Surrey are 85 for three after Cosker sends Gary Wilson back to the changing rooms.

7.18pm - No maiden T20 century for Wessels as he takes a single in the final over, and then sees the last three balls dispatched for two sixes and a four by Steven Mullaney! The Outlaws have set Derbyshire a gigantic 207 to win.

Reigning champions Northants take two wickets in as many deliveries to halt the Lightning's progress. Karl Brown and Ashwell Prince put on 90 for the second wicket, but then fall in successive balls, the former for 46, the South African three less.

7.10pm - More wickets! It's a good time to be a bowler right now. Michael Carberry makes just five for Hampshire, Pietersen is out fifth ball at the SWALEC Stadium, edging Dean Cosker behind, John Hastings makes a breakthrough for Durham by accounting for Matthew Boyce and Mark Turner bowls Chris Read at Trent Bridge, where Wessels is very close to a ton!

7.05pm - Wickets galore! Joe Denly is out in the second over, caught and bowled by Tim Phillips. Shoaib Malik has pounced after four balls of the Worcestershire Rapids innings, bowling Richard Oliver for one.

Surrey are 49 for one, with Michael Hogan taking a return catch from Jason Roy. Kevin Pietersen joins Hashim Amla - 28 from 19 - at the crease while Sussex Sharks lose Chris Nash for three.

6.55pm - Riki Wessels has reached 70 for Notts. He has almost half their total runs with a little over four overs remaining, while his partnership with James Taylor has passed 50.

6.45pm - Durham make 177 for seven. Gordon Muchall and Steve Borthwick were both dismissed in the final over, with the Jets adding eight runs to their total.

Birmingham Bears, meanwhile, have posted 133 for eight after an entertaining final six balls! Chris Woakes was run out run out, Evans castled for five, Ateeq Javid hit a six from the second delivery he faced before Chris Russell bowled him and Tim Ambrose then scampered a single.

Elsewhere, Hampshire will bat first against Gloucestershire having won the toss.

6.37pm - Rikki Clarke is the fifth Birmingham wicket to fall, but Laurie Evans hits a four from the first ball he faces. With one over left, the Bears are 123 for five.

Nottinghamshire are 93 for three in the 11th over, with Samit Patel sent packing for nine by Marcus North.

6.33pm - Another wicket down for Birmingham as Trott departs for 39, while John Hastings goes for a golden duck in the north-east.

At Canterbury, Sussex Sharks have won the toss and will have a bat, while in the live Sky Sports game Essex Eagles have elected to bowl.

6.28pm - Malik's out! The next ball he faces after reaching 50 sees him fall to Colin Munro. Stokes is ousted for Durham, run out by Tom Wells.

6.26pm - Jonathan Trott's first boundary comes after 31 balls - and it's a huge six! His partner Shoaib Malik then reaches his half-century.

6.18pm - But MacLeod has gone! He's been bowled by Charlie Shreck for 42. Meanwhile, Glamorgan have won the toss and will have a bowl at the SWALEC Stadium, while away from the action Somerset have signed Derbyshire's Tim Groenewald on a deal lasting until 2017.

6.13pm - In-form Calum MacLeod has crunched two sixes in the 13th over at the Emirates Durham ICG. He and Ben Stokes have seen the Jets into three figures. If they can stick around, the hosts could be on for a huge score.

6.05pm - Naik takes a brilliant return catch of his own bowling to get rid of dangerman Mustard, who had compiled 36 from 26 deliveries. The Jets are 80 for two just after the halfway stage. In the midlands, Birmingham Bears are 64 for two after 10 overs.

At Trent Bridge, Notts lose an early wicket, Phil Jaques bowled for 11 in the third over, leaving them 16 for one.

Lancashire Lightning have won the toss at Emirates Old Trafford and will have a bat. Andrew Flintoff has not been included in their side.

5.52pm - Durham Jets' rapid start is checked as Jigar Naik traps Mark Stoneman lbw for 17. Birmingham Bears are two down, with Will Porterfield skittled by Shantry.

5.43pm - Worcestershire make the first breakthrough, with Jack Shantry accounting for Varun Chopra. Birmingham are 20 for one from three overs. In the north-east, Durham are charging along on 40 without loss from four.

5.35pm - Two fast starts, with Phil Mustard helping himself to a couple of early boundaries as Durham smash 21 from the first two overs, while Warwickshire score 10 from the first set of six at New Road.

Meanwhile, Surrey have announced the exciting signing of Tillakaratne Dilshan. The Sri Lankan will make his Blast debut next Friday.

5.20pm - There's been plenty happening in the cricketing world today. Stuart Broad has taken a hat-trick and Liam Plunkett a five-wicket haul on day one of the second Test between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley, Nottinghamshire will be losing Peter Siddle but have signed James Franklin, while Darren Stevens has spoken exclusively to ecb.co.uk about his contributions for Kent.

5.10pm - In the first two games, Leicestershire and Worcestershire have won their respective tosses and both will have a bowl first.

5pm - Hello and welcome to another Friday night offering of NatWest T20 Blast action. We have eight more games for your enjoyment, with the first two getting going in 30 minutes. Here's the order of play:

Durham Jets v Leicestershire Foxes, 5.30pm - The Emirates Durham ICG

Worcestershire Rapids v Birmingham Bears, 5.30pm - New Road

Nottinghamshire Outlaws v Derbyshire Falcons, 6pm - Trent Bridge

Glamorgan v Surrey, 6.30pm - SWALEC Stadium

Lancashire Lightning v Northants Steelbacks, 6.30pm - Emirates Old Trafford

Essex Eagles v Middlesex Panthers, 7pm -Essex County Ground

Hampshire v Gloucestershire, 7pm - The Ageas Bowl

Kent Spitfires v Sussex Sharks, 7pm - Spitfire Ground

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