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Yorkshire Bank 40, Aug 26: As it happened

Hampshire Royals, Notts Outlaws, Somerset and Glamorgan all triumphed in the last round of Yorkshire Bank 40 action to secure semi-final places.

Group A winners Notts will host Somerset, who topped Group C, in the last four.

Hampshire, the winners of Group B, have been drawn against Glamorgan, who qualified as the best runners-up.

7:41pm - So that concludes a busy day of YB40 action. The semi-finals will take place on Saturday 7 September and Monday 9 September, although we await confirmation of which game will be played first.


Notts Outlaws v Somerset

Hampshire Royals v Glamorgan

7:36pm - RESULT! Somerset (258/9) beat Gloucestershire Gladiators (246/7) by 12 runs at Bristol and top Group C: And now we know our semi-final line-up. Alfonso Thomas keeps things tight in the final over to ensure Somerset join Glamorgan in qualifying from Group C. Marcus Trescothick's men actually top the group.

We will bring you details of the semi-final draw very shortly...

7:29pm - RESULT! Middlesex Panthers (275/6) beat Leicestershire Foxes (274/8) by four wickets at Lord's: Simpson rounds off a fine chase with successive fours off Nathan Buck.

The penultimate over at Bristol, bowled by Overton, goes for 15 to leave 20 needed off the last.

7:25pm - The equation for the Gladiators is now 35 from 12 balls. Surely that's too many?

In a somewhat less significant fixture (no offence intended to fans of Middlesex and Leicestershire!) the hosts at Lord's are eight runs from victory with John Simpson having reached 50.

7:21pm - Overton has Howell caught behind and Somerset have one foot in the semi-finals. Gloucestershire need 40 off the last three overs. 

7:18pm - Essex Eagles (297/4) beat Lancashire Lightning (227) by 70 runs at Emirates Old Trafford: Smith's 97 proves in vain as Lancashire ultimately fall well short. However, neither side will play any further part in the competiton. 

7:14pm - Somerset have seized the initiative at Bristol, which is bad news for Gloucestershire and Northants. The hosts need 50 from the final five overs with Gareth Roderick and Benny Howell both fairly new to the crease.

Essex are set to win comfortably but it won't be enough.

Middlesex, five down, need 32 off the final four overs against Leicestershire.

7:10pm - What we do know is that Notts and Hampshire are definitely through.

Glamorgan's net run-rate looks to be enough to ensure they will get through as the best runner-up even if Somerset beat Gloucestershire.

If Gloucestershire win, Glamorgan will top Group C and it is not yet clear who would qualify as the best runner-up. Northants could yet progress.

7:05pm - RESULT! Glamorgan (216/6) beat Yorkshire Vikings (215/5) by four wickets at Headingley: Despite losing Wagg at the end of the 38th over, Glamorgan prevail and look to have done enough to secure qualification regardless of results elsewhere.

Overton has ousted Gidman at Bristol, meaning Gloucestershire are five down and need 62 off 43.

It's all going wrong for Lancashire, who are 216 for seven.

6:58pm - RESULT! Northants Steelbacks (324/6) beat Warwickshire Bears (199) by 125 runs at Edgbaston: Azhar follows Willey's sensational 167 with figures of 4-20 as Northants wrap up another convicing triumph in the second city. They now await developments elsewhere.

A flurry of sixes from Graham Wagg mean Glamorgan are almost at the winning post...

6:55pm - RESULT! Notts Outlaws (199/5) beat Kent Spitfires (195/6) by five wickets at Canterbury and win Group A: David Hussey finishes things off with a straight six. Notts are also into the semi-finals and, like Hampshire, will enjoy a home tie.

The departure of Cockbain at Bristol boosts Somerset.

6:51pm - RESULT! Sussex Sharks (246/3) beat Worcestershire Royals (243/6) by seven wickets at New Road: Sussex ease home with more than 11 overs unused following powerful contributions from Machan and Wright.

There is no hat-trick for Azhar. Northants are going to win anyway, but it does not look like their net run-rate will be good enough to make it through.

6:45pm - RESULT! Hampshire Royals (219/7) beat Derbyshire Falcons (178) by 41 runs at Derby and win Group B: Hampshire are through to another domestic semi-final. They will play at home in the last four of the Yorkshire Bank 40.

Essex are in the driving seat now at Emirates Old Trafford, Paul Horton having departed, but it may not matter.

Cockbain and Gidman are still there for Gloucestershire, whose target is down to 80 from 11 overs.

Azhar is on a hat-trick at Edgbaston. David Willey managed one there for Northants just over a week ago...

6:42pm - Derbyshire are hanging in there against Hampshire but will need to take 45 from the last five overs with only two wickets remaining. As I type that, David Wainwright is bowled by Wood.

Glamorgan lose the experienced Marcus North, their fifth batsman to fall, with 42 required off 37.

6:37pm - Notts are stumbling over the line; Hales falls for 73.

Ian Cockbain and Alex Gidman have put on 50 for Gloucestershire. That match could well go down to the wire.

Smith is bowled by Topley for 97 and Lancashire need in excess of 10 an over.

6:31pm - RESULT! Durham Dynamos (275/5) beat Surrey (142) by 133 runs at the Emirates Durham ICG: Durham round off their campaign with a win following another miserable Surrey batting display. Spinners Borthwick and Gareth Breese claimed three and four wickets respectively.

Morgan and Machan have departed for 90 and 79 respectively, while Warwickshire are seven down following a double-strike from Lee Daggett and require more than 12 an over.

6:29pm - Derbyshire lose another and it will now take a big turnaround to prevent Hampshire topping Group B.

Notts have lost Patel for 59 in the 33rd over but need only 32 to win.

Group C is the one that is toughest to call at the moment. Glamorgan need 65 from 10 overs with seven wickets in hand and a win would put them through.

Yet the match between Somerset and Gloucestershire, who also have 15 points, is in the balance. The Gladiators, chasing 259, are 144 for three after 24.

6:24pm - So it's now looking good for fans of Notts, Hampshire and Glamorgan...

Wright's belligerent innings has been ended at 112 but Sussex are home and hosed.

6:22pm - Warwickshire continue to lose wickets attempting to keep up with a spiralling run-rate. Darren Maddy is the latest to depart.

Samit Patel has followed Hales to 50 at Canterbury and Notts look certain to be first into the last-four.

I doubt many people expected Michael Carberry to bowl Hampshire to victory. However, he now has three as the Derbyshire collapse goes on. The Falcons have lost five for 20.

6:16pm - Lancashire could still qualify as the best runner-up even if Hampshire win. The Lightning require 147 in 17 overs and much could depend on Smith, who is 80 not out from 67 balls.

Morgan is racing towards three figures for Middlesex and the carnage continues at Worcester, where Wright has 100 from 65 balls.

Cooke hit 85 yesterday and has continued that form with another fine innings. Glamorgan are well placed at Headingley.

6:08pm - Great news for Hampshire and bad news for Essex and Lancashire! Billy Godleman and Richard Johnson depart in quick succesion to further undermine the Derbyshire chase. They have now lost three batsmen in as many overs.

In the dead rubbers at New Road and Durham, Sussex and Durham are on course for emphatic victories.

Muhammad Azhar Ullah gets in on the wicket-taking act at Edgbaston. Northants appear certain to record a win that will take them to 17 points, but that may not be enough.

Tredwell troubles Hales again but fails to take a return catch. Notts now need 64 from 80 balls.

5:58pm - Liam Dawson has Hughes caught and bowled for 74! That may be the biggest wicket of the day to date. Derbyshire need 98 in 17.4 overs with seven wickets intact.

Northants move closer to victory as Freddie Coleman falls to James Middlebrook.

5:57pm - Glamorgan are giving themselves every chance. Cooke has passed 50 and Jim Allenby is not far behind.

In the other pivotal Group C clash, Gloucestershire have lost Michael Klinger to Steve Kirby for 40.

Hales has his fifty at Canterbury and subsequently gets away with a top-edge off James Tredwell.

5:53pm - Warwickshire now need almost 10 an over if they are to overhaul Northants' huge score. They are 103 for two, having lost Will Porterfield to Steven Crook for 44.

The Lancashire-Essex clash is looking increasingly important with Hughes pressing on for Derbyshire.

Surrey have not had a lot to shout about in the north-east over the past few days and are 76 for five with Sibley gone.

Wright follows Machan to a brisk half-century at New Road, reaching the milestone with a six off Moeen Ali.

5:44pm - It's all happening in Manchester. Smith is dropped by James Foster, but Topley follows up by bowling Ashwell Prince.

Notts are firmly back on course and have Hales approaching a half-century.

Machan's fifty arrives from just 33 deliveries courtesy of the left-hander's 10th four.

Joe Denly and Eoin Morgan are rebuilding nicely for Middlesex, who are 86 for two chasing 275.

5:38pm - Hampshire get a wicket! Danny Briggs bowls Borrington for 25 and Derbyshire are now 87 for two, needing 133 from 23.2 overs.

Borthwick grabs a second scalp in as many overs at the Emirates Durham ICG.

5:35pm - Smith brings up a 41-ball fifty for Lancashire and Derbyshire's Hughes reaches the same landmark from 57 deliveries.

Scott Borthwick claims Durham's third wicket, although England Under-19 opener Dominic Sibley is going well for Surrey.

Machan and Wright continue to punish the Worcestershire attack.

5:29pm - Jones fails to combine with Davies for a third time, an edge from new batsman Samit Patel evading Kent's wicketkeeper and racing away for four.

Reece Topley breaks the Lancashire opening stand at 79 by having Stephen Moore held at long-leg.

Hughes and Paul Borrington have taken their partnership past 50. Hampshire could really do with a wicket.

There is a potentially big breakthrough at Bristol as Piyush Chawla ousts Hamish Marshall to leave Gloucestershire 63 for one in the 10th.

5:21pm - Smith is finding the fence with increasing regularity for Lancashire, which could yet prove crucial as Hughes continues to score freely for Derbyshire.

Luke Wright and Matt Machan, meanwhile, have shared 50 in four overs at New Road, taking Sussex to 72 for one in no time.

Geraint Jones takes a fine catch stood up to the stumps for Davies at Canterbury, sending James Taylor back for six.

5:15pm - There are likely to be twists and turns ahead, but here's a quick round-up of how things stand:

Notts are looking good to secure top spot in Group A, having reached 49 for one from eight overs chasing 196 to beat Kent. Northants have posted a massive total at Edgbaston, but a win may not be enough for the Steelbacks to qualify as the best runner-up.

In Group B, Hampshire have a battle on their hands against Derbyshire. Should the Royals lose, the winner of the match between Essex and Lancashire will go through and the Red Rose are currently 51 without loss in the eighth pursuing 298.

Group C leaders Somerset have 258 to defend against Gloucestershire, who also have 15 points, at Bristol. Glamorgan - the side best placed to seal the leading runner-up slot at the start of play due to their impressive net run-rate - are 33 for two in the eighth having been set 216 by Yorkshire. Mark Wallace has just departed.

5:06pm - Notts' serene start is interrupted as Lumb is stumped off a leg-side wide from Mark Davies for 28.

Chris Cooke has found the fence three times in four balls for Glamorgan following the departure of Gareth Rees at Swansea.

Jamie Overton loses his radar when sending down three separate wides during the fourth over of Gloucestershire's chase at Bristol.

Middlesex and Surrey are two down, while Sussex have lost Ed Joyce cheaply.

4:58pm - Hampshire hit back quickly at Derby, Chris Wood having Wes Durston caught behind for four.

The pacy Tymal Mills has hit Lancashire's Tom Smith on the helmet.

Varun Chopra and Will Porterfield are quickly into their work for Warwickshire, who need more than eight an over following David Willey's heroics.

4:56pm - Supporters of Lancashire and Essex will be delighted to hear Chesney Hughes has got Derbyshire's innings off to a good start. The powerful left-hander has 20 of his side's 23 in five overs.

Notts, the front-runners in Group A, have also made positive early progress through Alex Hales and Michael Lumb.

Rob Taylor's first legal delivery accounts for Dawid Malan at Lord's.

4:50pm - A reminder that the three group winners will progress together with the best runner-up. The latter qualifier looks likely to be decided by net run-rate.

4:44pm - A number of today's run-chases are now under way. This promises to be a thrilling couple of hours with all four semi-final berths still to be decided.

From this point on, we will understandably devote more attention to the teams battling for qualification.

In a match with little more than pride riding on it, Surrey lose Arun Harinath early in pursuit of 276. Ben Stokes is the wicket-taker.

4:35pm - Buttler finishes unbeaten on 68 as Somerset put up 258 for nine.

Despite losing five wickets in the final four overs at Lord's, Leicestershire reach 274 for eight. Tom Wells collected five boundaries in James Harris' ultimate set of six and Middlesex were also penalised six runs for a slow over-rate!

4:23pm - Worcestershire Royals finish on 243 for six at New Road.

4:20pm - Willey eventually falls for a brilliant 167 in the penultimate over - the second highest YB40 knock of the campaign. Rob Keogh takes up the mantle and blasts four fours and a six from the final over! He is out from the final ball having made 61 from just 39 balls and Northants Steelbacks post a mammoth 324 for six.

Glamorgan require 216, Yorkshire Vikings having scored 215 for five.

4:15pm - Notts Outlaws need 196 to reach the semi-finals after Kent Spitfires totalled 195 for six.

Durham Dynamos make 269 for five against Surrey, Will Smith and Muchall ending with an unbroken stand of 163 in 17.5 overs.

4:13pm - Essex Eagles score 297 for four against Lancashire Lightning. Remember: a Hampshire defeat will see the winner of this contest top Group B.

4:10pm - Hampshire Royals will need to defend 219 for seven if they are to top Group B and guarantee their place in the semi-finals.

Will Smith compiles a hundred while Durham team-mate Gordon Muchall and Leicestershire's Matthew Boyce have recorded fifties.

4pm - Buttler is the latest half-centurion of the day as he tries to steer Somerset towards a challenging score.

Thilan Samaraweera has also managed the feat, taking 55 balls to reach the landmark for Worcestershire.

But their knocks - and everyone else's today - trail Willey by some distance. A six and two fours from successive deliveries takes the 23-year-old to just the fourth 150 in this season's YB40 competition.

3:57pm - Bopara adds six more runs before being caught at gully off Kyle Hogg. 

Northants are 249 for four with five overs left to come, with Willey still there on 137.

3:50pm - Smith completes a hat-trick! The young spinner, on loan from Middlesex, takes another with the first ball of his final over to further reduce Somerset. Piyush Chawla can only make three with his first YB40 appearance.

Glamorgan have a fourth Yorkshire scalp as Hodgson falls 10 runs short of a ton.

Hampshire are now 179 for six, with Liam Dawson the latest man to fall after hitting three consecutive fours. 

3:45pm - For the second time in the contest, Gloucestershire take two wickets in as many balls. Tom Smith is on a hat-trick - which he will try to complete in his next over - and Somerset are 200 for six. A good response from the Gladiators, as Somerset were on for a huge score.

3:43pm -  With Hampshire struggling to post runs, can Essex or Lancashire take advantage in Group B? The Eagles are certainly giving it a good go, with Bopara completing a century to take them to  221 for three.

Craig Meschede is caught behind off Tom Smith and Somerset are 200 for five. Will Smith has a fifty against Surrey while Worcestershire are five down against Sussex.

3:35pm -  Somerset are 196 for four in the 29th over as James Hildreth falls for 34. Jos Buttler is well set on 44.

Hampshire are struggling now, with Jimmy Adams out for 64. They are 158 for five.

Ned Eckersley is the latest batsman to make a half-century, as Leicestershire move to 162 for two. 

3:29pm -  Another wicket in each of the key games in Group A. Samit Patel gets rid of Darren Stevens for 27 with the first ball of the 31st over. Kent are 130 for four.

Northants lose Steven Crook for 15 and are 199 for five with 66 balls left.

In Group B, Hampshire lose Sean Ervine to slip to 157 for four while Essex are 200 for three after Owais Shah falls for 21.

3:13pm - I think Willey enjoys Edgbaston. A week after making his highest format score and taking 4-9 in the FLt20 final, he passes his best List A knock and reaches a brilliant century against Warwickshire! He has his six fours and seven sixes so far and is giving his side a great chance of reaching the semi-finals.

But rivals Notts have a third scalp at Canterbury with Jake Ball getting rid of Brendan Nash for 47.

Simon Kerrigan shows no ill-effects from last night's Ashes celebrations as he ends a superb second-wicket stand for Essex, removing Greg Smith - who had made 78 and put on 159 with Ravi Bopara.

Glamorgan finally end Kane Williamson's partnership with Hodgson, which had just reached 100. Durham are five down against Surrey.

3:07pm - Northants quickly lose another with Alex Wakely falling to Patel. Willey has moved to 88, though.

Dan Hodgson has reached 50 for Yorkshire against Glamorgan, who are being frustrated by a third-wicket partnership that now stands at 89.

Hampshire are three down against Derbyshire as Neil McKenzie becomes Wainwright's second victim.

3pm -  Jeetan Patel removes Duckett for 30, but only after four sixes in two overs from Willey. The Steelbacks are 149 for two after 22 overs.

Ravi Patel has a wicket at Lord's, with Greg Smith out for 56, while Will Beer strikes to reduce Worcestershire to 121 for four, with Tom Fell the latest batsman out.

2:51pm - A big scalp for Notts, with Rob Key heading back to the pavilion for 41 after being caught behind off David Hussey. Key and Brendan Nash had put on 76 for that second wicket. 

Kieswetter also falls in the forties when David Payne has the wicketkeeper caught behind. Somerset are 126 for three.

2:45pm -  A boost for Lancashire and Essex from Derby; James Vince falls to David Wainwright 10 runs short of a fifty, leaving Hampshire 76 for two.

Essex are 92 for one at Emirates Old Trafford, Greg Smith having reached his half-century.

David Willey has also reached the landmark for Northants and Smith's Leicestershire namesake is another to bring up the milestone.

Durham are now four down and Moeen has been run out for 51 against Sussex.

2:34pm -  Trescothick brings up a half-century with a drive through the covers for four, but he is caught by Michael Klinger at extra-cover off the next delivery. Nick Compton then departs first ball and all of a sudden Somerset are 103 for two.

Moeen Ali's superb form continues as he reaches 50 against Sussex, but his partner Alexei Kervezee is caught and bowled by Chris Nash for 26 in the next over. Scott Borthwick becomes the third Durham wicket to fall against Surrey.

2:25pm -  Well Northants' start is not so solid now. Ateeq Javid gets David Sales out for 31 with the last ball of the 10th over. England Under-19 skipper Ben Duckett is next man at the crease.

2:18pm - The assault continues at Bristol. Trescothick has hit a six and moved on to 35, while Kieswetter added his second maximum with a crunching shot that flew out of the ground and into a block of flats that are under construction. Somerset are 77 without loss after nine overs.

In Group A, Northants have made a solid start, with Friends Life t20 hero David Willey hitting five fours and a six in reaching 35 from 21 deliveries. The Steelbacks are 69 without loss in the 10th.

2:10pm -  Daryl Mitchell departs early for Worcestershire, while Durham are two down with Mark Stoneman falling for a 25-ball 31. Josh Cobb is out for Leicestershire, who are 30 for one against Middlesex.

2:02pm - Terrific opening for Group C leaders Somerset. Marcus Trescothick has five fours already and Craig Kieswetter a maximum. They have reached 40 without loss from the first five overs.

1:55pm - Make that a dream start for Glamorgan. Alex Lees is run out by Andre Salter in the third over, leaving Yorkshire seven for two.

And Lancashire have an important wicket in their must-win encounter with Essex as India-star Gautam Gambhir falls to Kabir Ali for two.

George Edwards strikes for Surrey against Durham, ousting Phil Mustard for nought,.

1:49pm - That's the start Glamorgan wanted. Michael Hogan delivers the first wicket, bowling debutant Jonathan Tattersall for a duck. Hogan had begun the innings with three successive wides, but responded well.

Notts also have an early breakthrough as Harry Gurney removes Sam Northeast.

1:42pm -  The players are making their way out to the middle throughout the country. We're minutes away from the start of what promises to be a dramatic day.

1:27pm - In the other games  Worcestershire choose to bat, Middlesex elect to field and Durham decide to post a total first.

1:25pm - Here's the news from the tosses in the games that can affect the semi-final places:

Essex will bat after winning the toss against Lancashire. 

Northants decide to bat at Edgbaston.

Notts have been asked to bowl by Kent

Hampshire Royals will bat at Derby.

Glamorgan have been asked to field by Yorkshire.

Gloucestershire elect to field against Somerset.

1:15pm -  Much more complicated than who will top the groups is the fight for best runner-up.

At the moment, all second-placed sides are on 15 points, which could mean net run-rate takes on vital significance. If the competition were to end now, Glamorgan would take the spot.

It promises to be a thrilling finale to the pool stage.

1:10pm -  As you can see, the games at Bristol and Emirates Old Trafford instantly stand out.

Group C leaders Somerset travel to Gloucestershire. A win for Somerset will see them top the group, while Gloucestershire need to win and hope Glamorgan lose to finish in first place.

Essex and Lancashire will hope for some help from Derbyshire, who tackle Group B leaders Hampshire, though a defeat for either side would see them eliminated.

In Group A, Notts will top the group with a win. Anything less will allow Northants to take advantage.

1:05pm - The winner of each group will be joined by the best runner-up in the semi-finals.

To see how each group currently stands,  click here .

1pm -  Hello and welcome to live text commentary on the final round of Yorkshire Bank 40 fixtures. There are four places in the semi-finals to battle for, with nobody having yet secured their spot in the final.

Eight teams still retain hopes of making it to the last four, with four of those in direct competition this afternoon.

Here's a run down of today's fixtures:

Group A:

Kent Spitfires v Notts Outlaws, Canterbury

Warwickshire Bears v Northants Steelbacks, Edgbaston

Worcestershire Royals v Sussex Sharks, New Road

Group B:

Derbyshire Falcons v Hampshire Royals, Derby

Lancashire Lightning v Essex Eagles, Emirates Old Trafford

Durham Dynamos v Surrey, Emirates Durham ICG

Group C:

Gloucestershire Gladiators v Somerset, Bristol

Yorkshire Vikings v Glamorgan, Headingley

Middlesex Panthers v Leicestershire Foxes, Lord's



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