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Leicestershire's North Group match against Durham at Grace Road was one of several to fall victim to the inclement weather this evening

This evening’s Friends Life t20 schedule was heavily disrupted by the inclement weather, with six out of eight games being abandoned due to rain.

Leicestershire’s Josh Cobb did have time to thump 54 from 26 balls before his side’s match against Durham was called off.

Cobb’s spectacular innings, which contained four sixes and six fours, helped Leicestershire to 58 for one after five overs, but there was to be no further play as the rain which had delayed the start of the game returned.

Leicestershire and Somerset have each now seen three consecutive home games fall victim to the weather after the latter’s match against Surrey was also abandoned.

Northamptonshire’s clash with Derbyshire was another to be washed out, along with the game between Gloucestershire and Essex, while South Group leaders Sussex were unable to take to the field against Kent at the PROBIZ County Ground.

A single over’s play was possible at the SWALEC Stadium, with Hampshire’s openers scoring five runs against Glamorgan before the heavens opened once again.

In one of the two fixtures to be completed tonight, Yorkshire completed a Friends Life t20 double over Roses rivals Lancashire with an 11-run triumph at Headingley Carnegie.

Captain Andrew Gale led from the front with a 46-ball 60 and there were useful contributions from fellow top-order batsmen Jonathan Bairstow, Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance as the hosts racked up 178 for four after being put into bat.

Adil Rashid then claimed 4-26 and fellow spinner Azeem Rafiq chipped in with two wickets to undermine Lancashire’s chase.

Jordan Clark cracked 38 from 18 balls to keep Steven Croft’s side in the hunt, but he was run out in the final over as he attempted to get back on strike, bringing an end to the game.

Worcestershire had all-rounder Gareth Andrew to thank as they completed a dramatic one-wicket win over Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Andrew’s unbeaten 65, which came from just 32 deliveries, sparked new life into the visitors’ pursuit and guided them past their target of 185 with five balls to spare.

Steffan Piolet returned figures of 3-29 for Warwickshire, who earlier posted 184 for six, thanks largely to Will Porterfield’s 54 and an unbeaten 44 from wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose.