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Hampshire through on rain-hit evening

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Essex boosted their hopes of securing a place in the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals and knocked Kent out of the competition with a 23-run victory at Canterbury.

Mark Pettini’s 59 helped James Foster’s men to 149 for five, despite Darren Stevens returning 3-13 from four overs, and Kent were subsequently limited to 126 for nine as Reece Topley claimed 3-19.

The Eagles remain third in the South Group, two points behind second-placed Hampshire - who they play in Sunday’s final round of fixtures, and another win will guarantee their progression.

Hampshire are assured of qualification after their game against Sussex fell victim to the elements at the Ageas Bowl.

Ageas Bowl rain

Rain prevents Sussex from adding to their formidable score at the Ageas Bowl. The visitors reached 203 for five inside 18 overs before play was abandoned. Six other matches were washed out today

Matt Prior blazed his way to a 37-ball 81 as Sussex, who remain unbeaten and sealed a home quarter-final this evening, raced to 203 for five from 17.4 overs.

Rain then arrived to prevent any further action. Hampshire will claim a last-eight berth even if they are beaten by Essex in their last match.

Middlesex recorded only their third victory of the campaign as they defeated Surrey by one wicket in a thrilling encounter at the Kia Oval.

Ollie Wilkin’s 28 from 18 deliveries helped the visitors sneak to a target of 155 with one ball unused, although both teams had little other than pride to play for.

Kevin Pietersen, Steven Davies and Jason Roy impressed at the top of the order for Surrey, striking 42, 37 and 40 respectively.

All three matches in the North Group were abandoned without a ball bowled, meaning Nottinghamshire join Yorkshire in the quarter-finals.

Durham and Lancashire will go head to head at the Emirates Durham ICG on Sunday, with both sides still retaining hope of making it through.

Every fixture in the Midlands/Wales/West Group was also called off.

Worcestershire, Somerset and Warwickshire have 11 points to their name with one match remaining, while Gloucestershire are a point behind and can also qualify.

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