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Vitality Blast quarter-finalists confirmed

Eight teams have been confirmed for the quarter-finals of the Vitality Blast.

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Vitality Blast quarter-finalists confirmed

Middlesex complete record chase to reach the Vitality Blast quarter-finals

Lancashire v Essex (Wed 4th)
Notts Outlaws v Middlesex (Thu 5th)
Sussex v Worcestershire (Fri 6th)
Gloucestershire v Derbyshire (Sat 7th) 

South Group:
Glamorgan 216/5 beat Hampshire 188/8 by 28 runs
Somerset 226/5 lost to Middlesex 227/4 by 6 wickets
Sussex Sharks 163/8 lost to Gloucestershire 168/7 by 3 wickets
Essex Eagles 189/6 beat Kent Spitfires 179 by 10 runs

North Group:
Notts Outlaws 124 lost to Durham 171/8 by 47 runs
Lancashire Lightning 143/5 beat Leicestershire Foxes 142/9 by 5 wickets
Birmingham Bears 181/5 lost to Yorkshire Vikings 2003 by 19 runs
Northampton Steelbacks 189/3 beat Worcestershire Rapids 188/5 by 7 wickets

The man for the moment. Eoin Morgan unleashed rasping shot after rasping shot once he got in, pummelling an astonishing 83 runs off a mere 29 balls, to see Middlesex complete a T20 Blast record-breaking chase of 227. He knew how to finish it in style too, whacking a six to finish proceedings with three - yes, THREE - overs to go.

For Morgan to be in a position to launch such a daring push for victory had a lot to do with the equalling enjoyable 14-ball 41 from the bat of Dawid Malan. Partnering Paul Stirling at the top of the order, they got Middlesex's reply off to an astonishing start, reaching 67 inside 4 overs, before they both fell in consecutive balls. In came AB de Villiers...

Dawid Malan gets middlesex off to a flying start as they secure a quarter-final place

Dawid Malan gets middlesex off to a flying start as they secure a quarter-final place

It was always going to take something special to stop the mighty AB de Villiers. And Max Waller produced possibly the catch of the tournament. The former South Africa captain had shifted effortlessly to 32 from 16 deliveries when he was brilliantly caught in the deep one-handed by Waller.

Somerset pair Abell and Banton sent the ball to all parts in the first innings, the youthful duo making 101* and 62 respectively. Barton carried on his fine form with a punishing opening to proceedings, before captain Abell struck his first, and Somerset's fastest, T20 century. Despite their fine efforts, it wasn't to be enough.

With the four North Group quarter-final spots already sorted, the focus fell on the South Group where Essex sprung the surprise alongside Middlesex to leap above their opponents and into a top four place. Playing their Bridge rivals Kent, Essex had Cameron Deport to thank for a fast start (64 off 29) that meant Sam Billings' side had a challenging total to aim for, eventually falling 10 runs short.


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