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NatWest T20 Blast, May 23: As it happened

On an evening of thrills and spills there were wins in the North Group for Lancashire, holders Northants and Worcestershire. In the South Division Essex, Gloucestershire, Kent and Hampshire prevailed.

By Dominic Farrell & Rob Barnett

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11pm – On a pulsating second Friday in the NatWest T20 Blast, here are the scores on the doors: 

North Group

Defending champions Northants Steelbacks, inspired by David Willey’s 45-ball 95, pipped Leicestershire Foxes by two wickets with two balls left at Wantage Road.

Karl Brown and Steven Croft’s unbeaten fifties set up Lancashire Lightning’s 20-run defeat of Derbyshire Falcons at the 3aaa County Ground.

Worcestershire Rapids, aided by Chris Russell’s three scalps, beat Notts Outlaws by 24 runs at Trent Bridge.

Birmingham Bears versus Yorkshire Vikings was abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain at Edgbaston.

South Group

Sixties from Glamorgan openers Jacques Rudolph and Jim Allenby were in vain as Essex Eagles won by four wickets with two deliveries unused at Chelmsford.

A half-century from James Vince trumped that of fellow in-form batsman Ed Joyce as Hampshire saw off Sussex Sharks by 18 runs at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground.

Gloucestershire, helped by three wickets apiece from James Fuller and Liam Norwell, brushed Middlesex Panthers aside by five wickets with 15 balls to spare at Bristol.

Kent Spitfires, led by Daniel Bell-Drummond’s fifty, eased past Somerset by 42 runs despite James Hildreth’s unbeaten half-century at Taunton.

10.32pm – RESULT! Lancashire Lightning (169/3) see off Derbyshire Falcons (149/5) by 20 runs. Karl Brown and Steven Croft’s unbeaten fifties prove decisive in the last match of a gripping evening.

10.25pm – Derbyshire, needing 37 from the last two overs with five wickets in hand, lose Wayne Madsen for 29 to Kabir, who has three economical wickets now.

10.02pm – Tom Smith has Marcus North caught behind for 26, making Derbyshire 88 for three in the 12th over of our last game.

9.58pm – RESULT! Northants Steelbacks (179/8) beat Leicestershire Foxes (176/4) by two wickets with two balls unused. Leicestershire make a fight of it by snaring Ben Duckett, Matt Spriegel and Ian Butler in the closing overs, but the defending champions keep their perfect record.

A big wicket falls at the 3aaa County Ground as former Lancashire man Stephen Moore is run out for 40.

9.48pm – Willey’s heroics have left Northants wanting 12 from 12 balls with five wickets left.

9.42pm – RESULT! Hampshire (177/5) defeat Sussex Sharks (159/5) by 18 runs. James Vince’s half-century trumps that of Ed Joyce, who was bowled by Chris Wood in the penultimate over.

9.38pm – RESULT! Essex Eagles (195/6) beat Glamorgan (189/6) by four wickets with two balls to spare. Jacques Rudolph and Jim Allenby’s sixties prove in vain as a strong all-round batting display takes Essex home.

Kabir Ali accounts for Chesney Hughes so Derbyshire are 39 for one in the sixth.

9.32pm – Dean Cosker cleans up Ben Foakes on 46. Soon after, Essex require 18 from two overs.

Ed Joyce moves to a half-century for Sussex, who have their work cut out to reach a target of 178 with a few overs left.

9.27pm – Cobb bags another, having Rob Newton cheaply caught and bowled, and Nathan Buck follows up with Steven Crook’s scalp. Willey is still there on 70.

Hampshire’s Smith now bowls Ben Brown for 19 and Essex’s James Foster falls to Michael Hogan for 32. The Eagles need 30 from four overs.

9.13pm – David Willey, the hero of last year’s T20 final, races to a fifty for Northants, who then lose Kyle Coetzer lbw to Josh Cobb at 89 for two in the eighth over.

Tom Westley falls two short of a fifty as Will Owen strikes, leaving Essex 122 for three in the 13th.

Will Smith bowls Rory Hamilton-Brown for 34, making Sussex 97 for three in the 12th.

9.03pm - Croft closes the innings with his third six and Lancashire post 169 for three against Derbyshire. They were 38 for three, but Brown and Croft ended with unbeaten scores of 67 and 76 having put on 131 at almost 10 runs per over.

8.58pm - Still no way through for Derbyshire as Croft and Brown move their stand to 123. They have 69 and 67 respectively and have 11 deliveries to add to Lancashire’s 161 for three.

8.54pm - RESULT! Kent Spitfires (164/5) beat Somerset (122/5) by 42 runs. Somerset were never realistically in the hunt as Kent’s top order produced some sensational hitting in a match reduced to 13 overs per-side at Taunton.

8.47pm - Essex and Sussex are both two down, needing 127 and 137 more to win their respective matches.

Nathan Buck bowls Richard Levi and Northants are 19 for one in pursuit of 177.

8.43pm - RESULT! Worcestershire Rapids (163/6) beat Notts Outlaws (139/9) by 24 runs. It was a comprehensive triumph for the visitors in the end. Colin Munroe, Alexei Kervezee and Ross Whiteley all played fine hands with the bat, while Chris Russell and Saeed Ajmal took five wickets between them as Notts collapsed down the stretch.

8.41pm - Karl Brown reaches a fifty and the stylish batsman has built a healthy Lancashire recovery alongside Steven Croft. The latter has 42 in a partnership of 75 and the score in 113 for three.

8.34pm - RESULT! Gloucestershire (113/5) beat Middlesex Panthers (111/8) by five wickets. It proved to be a low-scoring affair in Bristol but the hosts held their nerve to close out a first T20 win of the season with 16 deliveries remaining.

Meanwhile, Ajmal takes the vital wicket of Patel for 41 and Notts’ faint hopes surely depart with their all-rounder. Chris Russell held the catch after taking two wickets himself in the previous over. The score is 129 for eight with 35 required from nine balls.

8.31pm - Leicestershire reach 176 for four from their 18 overs. Scott Styris made 27 from 15 deliveries in a typically entertaining cameo.

8.29pm - Somerset are 68 for three after seven. Craig Kieswetter and James Hildreth have reached 32 and 19 briskly and the hosts need these two to stay at the crease a while longer. They need 97 from the last six overs.

8.23pm - Finn and Saeed Ajmal strike at Bristol and Trent Bridge respectively to fire the hopes of both fielding sides.

8.20pm - Gloucestershire lose another wicket as Harris removes Ian Cockbain for 18 but, with 27 needed from 37 balls, the hosts can breath a touch easier after that 38-run partnership. Hamish Marshall remains on 24.

Samit Patel has 36 not out for Nottinghamshire and he is joined by Chris Read following Riki Wessels’ quickfire 18.

8.15pm - Will Smith clobbers a pair of fours to help Hampshire reach 177 for five from their 20 overs against Sussex.

8.12pm - Glamorgan close on 189 for six as Topley claims the wicket of David Lloyd from the penultimate ball.

Smith joins Cobb in going through to fifty before being bowled by Butler. Leicestershire are 142 for two.

8.09pm - Tony Palladino has a first T20 wicket since 2010, trapping Paul Horton in front for seven. Lancashire are in trouble on 39 for three.

Yasir Arafat makes his experience count with two wickets in an over to check Hampshire’s progress. They are 165 for five heading into the last.

8.05pm - Glamorgan suffer a collapse that looks likely to deny them 200. Reece Topley bowls Jim Allenby for a brilliant 68, Matt Salisbury removes Stewart Walters for 36 and the duo combine to dismiss Chris Cooke next ball. The Welsh side are 182 for five with seven balls to go.

8.04pm - There’s some England bragging rights to be had at Trent Bridge - Moeen Ali traps international colleague Alex Hales lbw for 39. Notts are 71 for three just past halfway.

8pm - RESULT! Birmingham Bears and Yorkshire Vikings take a point each as play is abandoned without a ball being bowled at Edgbaston. Unfortunate scenes in Birmingham where, despite the best efforts of all concerned, the elements prevail.

7.58pm - Josh Cobb goes through to a superb fifty from 31 balls, striking his sixth and seventh fours to reach the landmark. Leicestershire are well placed on 106 for one. Greg Smith has 37.

7.53pm - Sam Northeast is run out for nought by Alfonso Thomas and veteran bowler closes the innings by having Sam Billings caught and bowled. It means Kent post 164 for five from 13 overs, thanks largely to some explosive top-order hitting.

Leicestershire reach 84 for one halfway through their 18-over allocation.

7.50pm - Hampshire are 120 for three with six overs to go.

Stevens’ heroics come to an end as Max Waller holds a steepled off Dirk Nannes to end a remarkable 47. Kent are 160 for three in the last.

7.47pm - Chasing 112 is starting to look a little tricky for Gloucestershire. They’re 22 for two after James Harris sends back Will Gidman.

Dream start for Derbyshire! Lancashire wicketkeeper Alex Davies - playing in the absence of Jos Buttler and promoted to open - is caught in the deep by Tim Groenewald off Wes Durston for a golden duck.

7.41pm - Remember when Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick said scoring 300 at Taunton might be possible the other week? Well, Kent have 150 in the 11th over - good job for Tres that this game is rain reduced!

 Leicestershire are 58 for one at the end of the powerplay.

7.38pm - BANG, BANG! It’s a case of one-brings-two for Essex and Jesse Ryder, as Rudolph is caught at long-on for 63 and Ben Foakes pouches Mark Wallace at midwicket off the New Zealander for a duck. The score is 98 for two after 11.3 overs.

Meanwhile, Bell Drummond brings up a fine half-century. Stevens has 40 from 14!

7.35pm - That’s just the start Middlesex needed in defence of a low total - Steven Finn has Michael Klinger caught behind without scoring.

7.30pm - Niall O’Brien blasts a couple of fours off Ian Butler but the Foxes hitter overplays his hand and is caught in the deep. Leicestershire are 35 for one. 

Kent are set for a mammoth total at Taunton. They’re 119 for one in the ninth and Stevens has gone bananas, thumping five fours and a six from nine deliveries faced and racing to 29.

Vince pulls Steffan Piolet to Matt Machan and Hampshire are 88 for two midway through the 10th over.

7.26pm - Fifties for Vince and Jacques Rudolph. The former brought his up in style with a whopping six off Michael Yardy, while the Glamorgan man wasted no time in reaching the landmark from 27 balls.

Key’s fun is over as Craig Overton comes into the attack to pin him lbw. Kent are 93 for one as Darren Stevens starts with a pair of fours.

7.18pm - Worcestershire denied Shahzad a hat-trick and posted 163 for six.

Kent openers Rob Key and Daniel Bell-Drummond romp to 63 without loss after five overs at Somerset.

7.16pm - Middlesex post 111 for eight from their 20 overs. John Simpson led the rearguard with 22 not out but Gloucestershire will be very happy with their efforts. Fuller and Liam Norwell bagged three wickets apiece.

7.14pm - Jimmy Adams edges left-armer Chris Liddle to Rory Hamilton-Brown and opening partner James Vince responds with back-to-back fours, moving Hampshire to 42 for one after four overs.

7.11pm - Ajmal Shahzad accounts for Kervezee and Whiteley in consecutive balls to halt Worcestershire’s momentum, while Middlesex are 107 for seven heading into the last.

7.08pm - Fuller returns to take a third wicket, Ollie Rayner going for a watchful 15. But Middlesex have at least moved into three figures with nine overs of their innings remaining.

Worcestershire are 150 for four with two overs remaining. Kervezee and Ross Whiteley have added 61 for the fifth wicket.

There will be a 7.45pm inspection at Edgbaston

7.05pm - The rain has stopped at Derby and the immediate schedule is a 7.15pm inspection, with a view to a 7.30pm toss and 7.45pm start.

7.01pm - Alongside Hampshire, Glamorgan and Kent have started their innings without any initial worries.

6.56pm - Northants have won the toss and will post a total against Leicestershire.

6.51pm - Alexei Kervezee has 27 from 23 balls as Worcestershire prepare for their final assault. The score is 113 for four after 14 overs.

The covers are off at Edgbaston but we’re still a reasonable way from any action.

Northants and Leicestershire hope to be underway at 7.15pm and will play an 18-over match.

6.43pm - Somerset win the toss and will face their 13 overs first against Kent.

6.40pm - Norwell has Christian caught by Chris Dent for 18 and, on 68 for six, Middlesex are in all sorts of bother.

6.36pm - Hampshire win the toss and elect to bat against Sussex Sharks at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground. Owais Shah makes his debut for the visitors, as does 17-year-old Brad Taylor. The spinner is less than half Shah's age!

6.33pm - Middlesex are 60 for five as Adam Rossington departs. Much now depends on Australian all-rounder Dan Christian, who has 17 from 19.

Essex Eagles have asked Glamorgan to bat first.

6.27pm - WALLOP! Back-to-back sixes from Colin Monro hand Worcestershire a timely boost.

There will be a 6.45pm inspection at Wantage Road.

6.25pm - Big wicket for Notts as Carter gets Moeen for 28. The Rapids are 45 for three.

Middlesex stumble again and are 44 for four as Tom Smith bowls Neil Dexter.

6.22pm - At Taunton we are looking at a 7pm start between Somerset and Kent Spitfires, where there will be a 13 over per-side contest if the weather holds.

6.19pm - Andy Carter has Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell caught at the wicket and the score is 41 for two. Moeen Ali is well set on 28 - 20 of those runs have comes in fours.

We have some more rain at Edgbaston and the weather also looks like becoming a factor at the 3aaa County Ground, where the scheduled start is just over 40 minutes away.

6.13pm - Fuller has another wicket at Bristol as Joe Denly departs for nine but Middlesex are on to 32 for two. In-form Dawid Malan has 18 from 10 deliveries, with four fours so far.

6.06pm - Rain returns at Wantage Road and the toss is delayed. The local forecast suggests it could clear soon.

6.02pm - Notts Outlaws asked Worcestershire Rapids to bat first at Trent Bridge and Luke Fletcher’s first over costs 13 before he bowled Richard Oliver with its final delivery.

Unfortunately we face at least an hour of mopping up at Edgbaston, where Birmingham Bears and Yorkshire Vikings are currently kicking their heels.

6pm - Paul Stirling struck the first ball of Middlesex’s innings to the boundary but there is no further addition to the score as James Fuller traps the Irishman lbw.

5.42pm - Gloucestershire win the toss and ask visitors Middlesex to post a total. Both teams will enjoy the full allocation provided there are no further delays.

5.39pm - England T20 opener Alex Hales is named in the Notts Outlaws team to face Worcestershire Rapids. Hales recently returned from an LV= County Championship loan spell at New Road.

5.33pm - Good news from Taunton, where there is a break in the clouds and Somerset and Kent Spitfires are awaiting a 6.15pm inspection.

5.28pm - Derbyshire Falcons play host to Lancashire Lightning tonight and the home county will do so boosted by the news that young all-rounder Scott Elstone has penned a new two-year contract.

5.15pm - Unfortunately, rain in the south west means our two scheduled 5.30pm games will not start on time.

Gloucestershire and Middlesex Panthers are targeting a 6pm start with no overs lost. Meanwhile, away from tonight’s action, the hosts have secured the loan signing of former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones from Kent.

5.10pm – Hello and welcome to our blog coverage of today’s eight NatWest T20 Blast games. Here’s the fixtures list, along with start times:

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