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Vitality Blast | Notts clinch tied game; Gloucs reach first Finals Day since 2007

The best of the action from the Vitality Blast quarter-finals

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Vitality Blast | Notts clinch tied game; Gloucs reach first Finals Day since 2007

Ryan Higgins celebrates hitting the winning runs for Gloucestershire

Surrey 169/2 beat Kent Spitfires 113/7 by 56 runs
Sussex Sharks 95 lost to Lancashire Lightning 140/8 by 45 runs
Gloucestershire 114/3 beat Steelbacks 113 by 7 wickets
Notts Outlaws 139/7 beat Leicestershire Foxes 139/7 with a greater Powerplay score

Then there were only four. After numerous sixes, a lot of fishing the ball out of the stands, and a few smashed stumps, we have our Finals Day line-up. and what a line-up it is.

Setting big-hitting Sussex Sharks 141 to win, Lancashire needed to be stingy with the runs they gave away. So up steps Matt Parkinson, the most miserly of all the bowlers, offering just 7 from his opening two overs, before picking up three wickets in his third and final over, to rip any hopes of progressing away from Sussex.

Though he'd been used plenty as a bowler in this year's Vitality Blast, few would have expected Will Jacks to be the standout in Surrey's quarter-final with Kent Spitfires. But the standout he was, taking career-best figures of 4/15 as his side tightened the screw. Jacks took the first four wickets to fall in the Spitfires innings to prevent the chase getting off the ground, with only Jack Leaning (34) to get past the teens. 

Harry Swindells' 58 looked for a while to be enough for Leicestershire Foxes. But Samit Patel's experience at the end of the Notts Outlaws chase guided them to victory. Patel came in with 41 needed from 27 balls but with batting tricky and wickets falling around him, and when Steven Mullaney fell in the final over it looked bleak for the Outlaws. But he struck 13 from his next five deliveries and Imad Wasim hit the runs to tie the game - Notts progressing to Finals Day by virtue of the highest Powerplay score, with wickets lost tied. 

After 13 years of trying, Gloucestershire are at long last heading back to Finals Day. Composed of all the right bits to flourish in T20 cricket, the side have reached the Vitality Blast quarter-finals in three of the four previous season, but failed to progress on each occasion. This time round there was no doubt. They struck early, and struck often. Benny Howell make the most of the opportunity after David Payne and Graeme van Buuren had dislodged the Steelbacks openers by picking up three wickets of his own, removing the middle order, and helping leave Gloucestershire's in-form batsman a meagre chase of 114.

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