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Vitality Blast | Garton drags Sharks to win; Lancs collapse to record low

Catch up on the best of the action from the penultimate day of the Vitality Blast group stages

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Vitality Blast | Garton drags Sharks to win; Lancs collapse to record low

George Garton's all-round contribution helped Sussex Sharks to victory

Surrey 143/1 beat Hampshire 138/8 by 9 wickets
Kent Spitfires 171/6 beat Essex Eagles 167/9 by 4 wickets
Sussex Sharks 158/7 beat Middlesex 155/8 by 3 wickets
Durham 157/5 beat Lancashire Lightning 83 by 74 runs
Leicestershire Foxes 163/6 beat Notts Outlaws 162/7 by 4 wickets
Somerset 146/3 beat Steelbacks 140/9 by 7 wickets
Birmingham Bears 179/6 beat Worcestershire Rapids 163/8 by 16 runs
Glamorgan 188/4 beat Gloucestershire 171/6 by 17 runs

From winning two Roses matches in three days to suffering an awful collapse at the hands of Durham. Lancashire Lightning had a rough afternoon at Emirates Old Trafford, bowled out for 83 by visitors Durham, the club's lowest-ever score in T20 cricket. Only three players reached double figures, with Danny Lamb (29*) top-scoring from number seven, as Matthew Potts took 3-8 in an obliteration. 

George Garton's performance with both bat and ball kept Sussex Sharks in the hunt for a Vitality Blast quarter-final spot. He took 4-27 in restricting Middlesex to 155 at The 1st Central County Ground, and Sussex looked to be cruising through Phil Salt's 56. But he was part of a mini-collapse and the Sharks required 25 from the final two overs. Step forward Garton, the 23-year-old paceman, who smashed 22 from the penultimate over before holing out - and the hosts got over the line.

It was agonisingly close for the Ireland captain. Coming in at three for Glamorgan, Andrew Balbirnie was left stuck on 99 not out after a brilliantly-compiled innings. He needed two for his maiden T20 century going into the final over, but couldn't regain the strike until the last delivery, taking only a single from it. But his score had featured a combination of classy and innovative shots all around the ground, and entertained nonetheless.

Kent Spitfires lost regular wickets in the first ten overs chasing Essex Eagles' 167, and it looked at 80/5 like they were staring at defeat and a tricky final push for quarter-final qualification. But Jack Leaning had other ideas, crashing 55 from just 32 deliveries to take the game away from the Eagles, confirming the elimination of the defending champions.

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