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Friday Night Blast Strikes Again

It was another thrilling night of action in the Vitality Blast with final over drama, plenty of runs and Friday night fun.

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Friday Night Blast Strikes Again

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NORTH GROUP

Leicestershire Foxes 214/6 beat Northamptonshire Steelbacks 213/7 by 1 run
Notts Outlaws 184/6 beat Durham 183/8 by 4 runs
Worcestershire Rapids 178/6 beat Lancashire Lightning 149 by 29 runs
Yorkshire Vikings 207 lost to Birmingham Bears 238/5 by 31 runs 

SOUTH GROUP

Hampshire Hawks 140/7 beat Gloucestershire 125 by 15 runs
Middlesex 160/6 lost to Somerset 161/8 by 2 wickets
Surrey 195/6 beat Kent Spitfires 191/5 by 4 wickets
Sussex Sharks 169/8 lost to Essex Eagles 197/8 by 28 runs

FOXES TAKE SLIM VICTORY IN FINAL OVER THRILLER

Wow, we have only just caught our breath after that incredible game! After a really promising score of 214/6 from Leicestershire Foxes after their first innings, after Colin Ackermann hit a destructive 85 from 44 balls, the Steelbacks had it all to do. Although they had a powerful start, as Chris Lynn and Josh Cobb shared a 125 run partnership to put Northants in a good position, but they still required 90 from 42 balls. In comes Jimmy Neesham who managed to see the Steelbacks through to where they needed 5 runs from the final 2 balls, but on the penultimate ball he was ran out and the Foxes took the win by 1 run!

SURREY CONTINUE TO IMPRESS AT THE OVAL

The London derby took centre stage at The Kia Oval tonight, where Sam Curran powered his side to a victory against Kent Spitfires to continue their unbeaten run at home and book their place in the Quarter-finals. Despite some incredible shots from Tawanda Muyeye, Jordan Cox and Alex Blake, the Spitfires didn't quite have enough on the board to put Surrey at bay as Jason Roy started their run chase of 192 with a half-century from 27 balls and then Sam Curran repeated that from 30 balls. 

RAPIDS EARN CONFIDENT WIN OVER LIGHTNING

Worcestershire Rapids batted first and didn't see any of their players pass the 50 run mark. Brett D'Oliveira top scored with 33 from 25 deliveries, but that was the biggest impact for the home team. But solid batting all round ensured a decent total for the Rapids. Phil Salt and Jos Buttler opened for Lancashire on their return from England duty and looked in sharp form. They both made just over 40 runs. But the remainder of the Lightning's batters failed to make their mark. D'Oliveira chipped in with the ball, finishing with figures of 4/20, which was enough to help the Rapids to a comfortable win. 

HANTS DEFEND TOTAL TO REACH QUARTER-FINALS

Hampshire Hawks appeared to have scored low and might have thought their chances of qualifying for the Blast quarter-finals on Friday night were at risk. Their usual big hitters of James Vince and Ben McDermott failed to start well. Joe Weatherley hit a solid 32 from 28, but it wasn't quick enough. James Fuller came in and took the responsibility on his shoulders. He struck 45 from 24, helping the home team finish on 140/7. Gloucestershire's innings never really got going. James Bracey top scored with 38 from 30, but some top class bowling from the Hawks saw them defend their total. Liam Dawson took 2/16 off his four overs and Brad Wheal supported with 2/22. 

SOMERSET TAKE CONVINCING WIN OVER MIDDLESEX

The two teams met for the first time this season at Lords and it was Somerset who took the victory over Middlesex. After Middlesex fell to 55/4, Luke Hollman and Chris Green saw them to a total of 160/6 with useful contributions. Middlesex did manage to restrict Somerset at points, taking eight wickets however it wasn't enough as they continued to chase down the runs and take the win with ease in the conclusion. 

ROSSINGTON FIRES AS ESSEX TAKE THE WIN

Top order firepower was exaclty what the Eagles would have wanted, and that is what they got as Adam Rossington scored 95 from 50 balls, supported by Tom Westley who scored 54 as they posted a score of 197/8. Sussex Sharks came out firing also, as Orr and Ward and Bopara all scored over 30, but they couldn't fire that final push to get over the line as Essex qualified for the quarter-finals. 

MOUSLEY SEES BEARS TO QUALIFICATION

After their 10 wicket loss last time the Birmingham Bears met the Yorkshire Vikings, they would be looking to not repeat that. What a contrast! Paul Stirling opened up with 81 from 41 balls, and was followed by Dan Mousley who propelled the Bears to 238/5 with 63 from 25 balls. Despite a strong opening partnership from Allen and Lyth, with the latter scoring 69 from 38 balls, Yorkshire Vikings only reached 207 all out, still impressive but not enough to take the win. 

CLARKE AND DUCKETT SEE OUTLAWS TO ANOTHER WIN

A all round team effort from Durham saw them post 183/8, with four of their batters making above 20, with Michael Jones scoring 41 whilst Ashton Turner gave Trent Bridge fireworks with 33 from 18 balls. However it wasn't enough as half-centuries from Joe Clarke and Ben Duckett as well as contributions from Hales and James saw them reach 184 from 17 overs. 

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