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Stevens stars in thrilling tie

Darren Stevens rolled back the years with both ball and bat in the NatWest T20 Blast, but his efforts were only enough to help Kent Spitfires to a breathtaking tie at Glamorgan.

The 38-year-old was clearly the pick of the attack with 3-22 and then lit up the SWALEC Stadium with the bat in Kent’s pursuit of 178 by plundering 71 off just 39 balls.

While his efforts left the Spitfires on the brink of victory, with just three needed off the final over, Michael Hogan claimed two wickets before Doug Bollinger was run out off the final ball as the spoils were shared.

There was also a pulsating finale at Taunton, as Somerset edged out Hampshire by one run.

Darren Stevens was in excellent form with ball and bat, plundering six maximums in his 71 off 39 balls having earlier taken three wickets

Some fantastic hitting down the order from Adam Wheater and Will Smith took Hampshire to the brink but they ultimately fell agonisingly short to surrender top spot in the South Group to Essex, who coasted to an eight-wicket victory over Gloucestershire.

Worcestershire Rapids remained top of the pile in the North Group as Daryl Mitchell’s unbeaten 68 helped them hold off winless Derbyshire Falcons, who fell eight runs short.

Lancashire Lightning remain level on points with the group leaders after edging out Leicestershire Foxes, despite the best efforts of debutant Richard Jones, who came to the fore with 5-34 just hours after signing a one-month loan deal from Warwickshire.

Jason Roy and Hashim Amla were in fine fettle by clubbing unbeaten half-centuries to lead Surrey to a 10-wicket thumping of Sussex Sharks after comfortably chasing down 149 in 15.3 overs.

Jonny Bairstow and Adam Lyth put on an unbroken 90 as Yorkshire Vikings avenged their opening round defeat to Northants Steelbacks, while Birmingham Bears comfortably overcame Notts Outlaws.

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