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Gloucestershire turn the tide to secure victory in incredible Friday night clash

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Gloucestershire turn the tide to secure victory in incredible Friday night clash

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NORTH GROUP
Worcestershire Rapids 129/7 lose to Derbyshire Falcons 168/7 by 39 runs
Birmingham Bears 101 lose to Yorkshire Vikings 106/0 by 10 wickets
Leicestershire Foxes 123 lose to Notts Outlaws 127/5 by five wickets
Durham 131/8 beat Lancashire Lightning 130 by two wickets

SOUTH GROUP
Sussex Sharks 141 lost to Gloucestershire 145/6 by four runs
Somerset 170/9 lost to Kent Spitfires 202/7 by 32 runs
Glamorgan 125 lose to Hampshire Hawks 134/5 by nine runs
Essex Eagles 186/6 beat Middlesex 125 by 61 runs

MASOOD THE MAIN MAN

Once again it was Shan Masood that stepped up to pile on the runs at the top of the Derbyshire Falcons order in a comprehensive victory over Worcestershire Rapids. Cutting and glancing the seam bowlers, and hitting powerfully off the spinners, the Pakistan opener compiled a fine 65 off 47 balls. In response, only Brett D'Oliveira (55) and Jack Haynes (35) reached double figures as the Falcons applied the pressure, and cut the Rapids run chase short.

VIKING OPENERS PLUNDER AGAIN

There are few opening combinations in the competition that strike fear into bowlers like Yorkshire Vikings' Adam Lyth and Dawid Malan. The pair strode to a modest target in style, and put the seal on a fantastic performance from their side's bowling attack. Three wickets for David Willey, and two each for Dominic Drakes, Matthew Revis and Adil Rashid put the pressure on a faltering Bears batting order, and restricted them to just 101.

DURHAM EDGE TENSE LOW SCORER

It was going to take a lot to slow down the Lancashire Lightning juggernaut, and Durham did just that in a magnificent display of controlled and effective bowling. The wickets were shared out, as Steven Croft's 55 marked the only resistance to the attack. Lightning had their own ideas however, and Richard Gleeson's magnificent four wicket haul brought his side back into the match only for Durham to get over the line with just three balls left.

HALES HAMMERS OUTLAWS TO ANOTHER WIN

From the word go of Notts Outlaws chase of 124 to win against Leicestershire Foxes, there was only one thing on Alex Hales' mind; to get the job done quickly. Hales was brutal in his assault, smashing 44 off 16 balls and aided by Ben Duckett's score of the same tally, took the visitors to a comprehensive five wicket win as their fine run of form continues.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE FIGHT BACK FROM THE BRINK

A match that twisted and turned and never relented from its delivery of drama served up a fitting finale. Gloucestershire had battled to a competitive total of 145 thanks to Glenn Phillips's high quality half-century. The Sharks looked to be cruising to victory thanks to Tom Alsop's blistering score of 80, but a seismic collapse saw the Sharks lose eight wickets in a matter of overs. With nine needed off the last over, Steve Finn skied into the gloves of James Bracey to confirm victory for the hosts.



SPITFIRES EXACT REVENGE ON SOMERSET

On the opening night of this year's Blast, Somerset cantered to victory in emphatic style on Kent's turf. The tables were reversed this time however as the sparkling Joe Denly (40) and Jordan Cox (94) put the Somerset bowlers to the sword in amassing an impressive 202/7. In response, Somerset lost wickets at too regular and interval to truly trouble the target, and despite scores of 40+ from Tom Abell and Ben Green, the home side feel to just their first defeat of the competition.

HAWKS ATTACK DELIVERS HEAVY WIN

Another low scoring affair in Cardiff presented the Hampshire batting order with a tricky task to post a truly towering score. James Vince and Joe Weatherley both passed 40, but the Hawks will have felt that their total of 134 needed serious defending. Their bowling attack more than delivered however, as taking five wickets and Chris Wheal chipping in with three to affirm their claim to being one of the best bowling attacks in the competition.

IMPRESSIVE KHUSHI GIVES EAGLES WIN

What a night for 22 year-old Feroze Khushi. The young top order batter was in imperious form, starting cautiously before opening his shoulders to hit the Middlesex attack to all parts in a brilliant half-century, his first in Eagles colours. A total of 186 was a tough one for Middlesex to chase, and made all the more difficult by the excellent Sam Cook's three wickets, keeping the visitors to a total more than 60 in arrears of the target.

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