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Summary

  1. Lancashire beat Yorkshire off last ball in Roses match
  2. Chris Gayle smashes unbeaten 85 in Somerset win
  3. Moeen Ali hits 90 off 50 balls in Worcestershire victory
  4. Wins for Gloucs, Essex, Leics, Glamorgan and Durham

Live Reporting

By Phil Harlow, Amy Lofthouse, Jay Freeman and Kalika Mehta

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    I hope you've enjoyed another action-packed night of T20 Blast cricket. We certainly have.

    And I'm sure the Lancashire fans heading back over the Pennines will have a good night too!

    But that's all we've got time for I'm afraid.

    We'll be back next week with another T20 Blast live text and commentaries from all the games.

    Thank you for joining us.

  2. LANCASHIRE BEAT YORKSHIRE BY FOUR WICKETS

    Buttler leads Red Rose to victory

    Jos Buttler

    Jos Buttler's unbeaten 71 from just 35 balls helped Lancashire to a final ball victory in the Roses clash at Headingley.

    Yorkshire, asked to bat by Lancashire, began strongly, with Glenn Maxwell taking 18 runs from the first over of the game.

    Joe Root (55) and Gary Ballance (31) also helped Yorkshire to an above-par score 185-8.

    After Lancashire lost a cluster of wickets they looked to have too much to do but Buttler's aggressive hitting, with five boundaries and five sixes, guided Lancashire to 186-6 and a nail-biting win.

  3. DURHAM BEAT DERBYSHIRE BY FIVE RUNS

    Late fightback stuns Derbyshire after low-scoring thriller

    Having restricted Durham to 147-7 - with Paul Collingwood top-scoring with 41 - Derbyshire must have been confident of victory

    But a stunning late collapse in the face of some disciplined and probing Durham bowling gave the win to the visitors, with John Hastings' 3-29 proving crucial, including the removal of opener Tillakaratne Dilshan, and Usman Arshad bowling not far off the perfect final over to keep Derbyshire to 142-9.

  4. GLAMORGAN BEAT MIDDLESEX BY FOUR RUNS

    Glamorgan survive Middlesex comeback

    Jacques Rudolph

    Glamorgan earned a tense victory against Middlesex thanks to captain Jacques Rudolph's innings of 60.

    The South African hit nine fours on his way to a half-century, with fellow opener Craig Meschede adding 33.

    Chris Cooke starred late on with 39, as Glamorgan made 169-5

    Dawid Malan's 70 gave Middlesex a fine start but Glamorgan sealed victory from the final ball.

  5. WORCESTERSHIRE BEAT NORTHANTS BY 14 RUNS

    Moeen Ali sets up Worcestershire victory

    Moeen Ali smashed 90 off just 50 balls, in an innings that included 11 fours and five sixes, to help Worcestershire set up their second consecutive victory in the T20 Blast.

    The England all-rounder and captain Daryl Mitchell (47) shared a 131-run first-wicket partnership as the Rapids hit their fifth highest score in this format.

    Northants chase relied heavily on Josh Cobb's contribution of 80 from just 44 balls but the experience of Saeed Ajmal, who was brought on in the 18th over and got rid of Shahid Afridi and Cobb, ensured it was Worcestershire who were victorious.

  6. ESSEX BEAT SURREY BY SIX WICKETS

    Westley and Bopara stand aids Essex victory

    Essex sealed a hard-fought victory over Surrey thanks to Tom Westley and Ravi Bopara's 115-run third-wicket stand at The Oval.

    Kumar Sangakkara showed all his class at the crease as he hit 58 to help Surrey set Essex a target of 170.

    The Eagles seized the initiative on a balmy night in south London despite losing England captain Alastair Cook for eight early on.

    Westley hit 55 from 62 balls before he was bowled by fast bowler Matt Dunn (3-34) while Bopara hit 57 as Essex powered their way to victory.

  7. LEICESTERSHIRE BEAT NOTTINGHAMSHIRE BY SIX WICKETS

    Akmal stars on debut for Foxes

    Umar Akmal hit an unbeaten 76 off 49 balls on debut for Leicestershire to hand the Foxes victory in a low-scoring affair against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

    Clint McKay's brilliant 4-24 from his four overs restricted Notts to 148-7 from their innings, with Alex Hales' half-century and 47 from wicket keeper Brendan Taylor the main contributors.

    After Leicestershire struggled to 54-4, with the expensive Jake Ball picking up 3-42, Akmal smashed four fours and five sixes to guide his side to victory.

  8. SOMERSET BEAT HAMPSHIRE BY EIGHT WICKETS

    Unstoppable Gayle blasts Somerset to win

    Chris Gayle shakes hands at the end of yet another superb innings

    When you employ the World Boss for a few weeks' work you expect results, and it's fair to say that Chris Gayle is delivering in a big way for Somerset.

    The West Indies star made 85 not out as Somerset cruised to a comfortable win over Hampshire at Taunton, with strong support from Peter Trego and James Hildreth.

    Hampshire's total of 167-3, largely built on James Vince's 64, always looked a bit short and - despite the best efforts of the outstanding Fidel Edwards - it was never really a close contest at the County Ground as Somerset raced to 173-2.

  9. GLOUCESTERSHIRE BEAT KENT BY NINE WICKETS

    Klinger half-century leads Gloucestershire to easy win

    Michael Klinger shared an unbeaten century stand with Iain Cockbain (54 not out) to give Gloucestershire their third victory in this season's T20 Blast.

    It was the Australian's second unbeaten score, having finished 126 not out in the only other T20 match against Essex last month.

    Kent had fought their way to 156-6 from their 20 overs, with opener Daniel Bell-Drummond top-scoring with 31 off 24 balls, as Benny Howell finished with fine figures of 3-18.

    And, despite Gloucestershire's Hamish Marshall falling lbw to Mitchell Claydon for 19, Klinger and Cockbain took their side to victory with 16 balls spare.

  10. Post-match verdict

    Derbyshire captain Wes Durston on his side's batting collapse

    "The first half was really good but somehow we've managed to completely throw that game away.

    "Pretty much the game was won and there was no complacency but they've literally pulled the rabbit out of the hat."

  11. Post-match verdict

    Durham bowler John Hastings hails his side's work ethic after pulling of a dramatic victory over Derbyshire

    "That's the thing I love about this team, no matter what the position we always give it our all and if you do that it can sometimes turn your way and full credit to the boys for sticking at it."

  12. Post-match verdict

    Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari on their failure to capitalise against Essex

    "I would say we were just below par but we were definitely in the game with a total of 170. They batted well and I thought we fielded well on the whole but in the crucial moments, they won and that's the difference.

    "We lost wickets at difficult times so rather than 190 to 200 we had to settle for 170 which is a good total but the pressure was on them and they performed well.

    "We didn't bowl badly today but it's not easy to beat a team of that quality and we had to be at our best but we weren't."

  13. Post-match verdict

    Essex batsman Tom Westley on their vital win against Surrey

    Tom Westley

    "That was a massive win for us. It's a massive boost for us beating Surrey, who are a top team, and hopefully it can be a springboard for the rest of the campaign because if you get a few back-to-back wins then you're back in it.

    "Coming to the Oval with 20,000 people, everyone was up for it so I think we would have been gutted if we lost that and then it would have been a real uphill struggle to qualify for the later stages of the campaign.

    "The way Ravi Bopara batted took a lot of pressure off myself and it's good that the boys are starting to score runs so hopefully we are just starting to hit our straps."

  14. Post-match verdict

    Northamptonshire's Josh Cobb reacts to the lack of a wicketkeeper

    "I saw Daryl Mitchell tell Ben Cox to go back and I thought he was going to keep from the edge of the ring.

    "Then I turned around and saw him without pads or gloves on. It's in the laws and they've obviously looked into it and there's no law against it.

    "You've just got to question whether it's in the spirit of the game. But that's probably because it's never been done before. When they first come out, these things usually get questioned and left alone.

    "Our plans may not have been the best as well as our execution and we thought 180 would have been around par. Nobody means to drop catches but the way we reacted to those dropped catches didn't help us either."

  15. Post-match verdict

    Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes on his side's removal of their wicketkeeper

    "In a game when you're trying to stop the opposition scoring, it's a legitimate tactic.

    "One of the things I challenged the coaches in the winter to do, was to try and come up with some ideas that might just knock the opposition off their guard a little bit.

    "It came about when I watched MS Dhoni stand back to the spinners for India and I thought that was a great idea.

    "Afterwards, he said he wanted another catcher around the corner and he felt he could do that himself, standing back. That started us thinking about it.

    "Let's not take anything from the game of cricket, though. There's been two sides go toe to toe here and it's been a magnificent spectacle for those who turned up."

  16. Post-match verdict

    Middlesex head coach Richard Scott still took positives from the loss

    "It is small margins," he said. "Five runs in a Twenty20 match, you could try to find that anywhere - in the field, with the bat - but unfortunately we just came up short again.

    "But we are playing a good brand of cricket. We are not getting pummelled by anyone.

    "They are all close-fought contests. At the back of quite a tiring away trip in terms of travel, we have just come up short again, which is disappointing."

  17. Post-match verdict

    Glamorgan captain Jacques Rudolph praises his bowlers' efforts in win over Middlesex

    "I thought our bowlers really stood up tonight and showed a lot of character.

    "It is just really nice to get another win under our belts. This campaign is all about trying to get some sort of momentum and hopefully we will turn the ship around."

  18. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Umar and Kamran Akmal

    Pakistan wicketkeeper and brother of Umar Akmal - Kamran Akmal: congrats @Leicestershire for winning match vs Nottinghamshire. Well done @Umar96Akmal for amazing 76*. Keep it up & good luck for upcoming matches.

  19. Post-match verdict

    Nottinghamshire bowler Jake Ball thought his side needed more runs against Leicestershire

    "I think we were about 20 runs short, there was quite a short boundary, with the wind and Akmal really targeted that and he executed his plans really well, so fair play - a good innings and well done to him.

    "We've got to bounce back now, it's a long tournament, there's still plenty of games to go. We go to Worcester on Sunday and have to get back to winning ways there."

  20. Post-match verdict

    Leicestershire head coach Andrew McDonald on the win against Notts

    "At one stage it looked as if Notts' score might have got a bit out of hand and they might have got up to 160 or 170.

    "That would have been a difficult chase but we were able to keep them below 150, which was our plan.

    "We read the wicket quite well and we didn't panic in the run chase. It could have easy to sit down and say we're four down early but we had some specific plans for the middle there and Boycey (Matthew Boyce) played a pivotal role in that.

    "Umar was sensational, some of those sixes were so cleanly hit, we know he can do that because he's an international player but Boycey's role was equally important."

  21. Post-match verdict

    Hampshire coach Giles White speaks to BBC Radio Solent following their loss to Somerset

    "It was an outstanding performance by Chris Gayle. The crowd turned up to watch him and they got royally entertained by him. It was a fantastic innings.

    "We were probably a bit short. They bowled well but we were probably 15 short and we didn't take our chances when the game was in the balance. Gayle's a high-quality player in great form and you cannot give chances to guys like that.

    "We had to get wickets early on - we knew that but we couldn't do it and the game got away from us."

  22. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Chris Gayle‏: I think I deserve a night out for the 1st time in Taunton! #Ciders

  23. Post-match verdict

    Chris Gayle prepares to celebrate after Somerset's win over Hampshire

    Chris Gayle

    "I'll be having a few ciders with the lads to celebrate. It was an important win for the team in the group because now we have two victories from four games and I'm delighted to scored some more runs.

    "The crowd pumped me up at the end and I was able to finish the game with the six they were calling for. I love the atmosphere at Taunton and I'm looking forward to another home match against Surrey before I leave.

    "I'm sorry my time here is so short because things could hardly have gone better. It was good team performance today. We bowled and fielded well."

  24. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    The Lancashire players are in celebratory mode following their side's four wicket win over Yorkshire...

    Arron Lilley: WOW get in! What a win!!! Proper hitting from @josbuttler that's right! Boulder rolling!

    Liam Livingstone: YOUUUU BEAUTYYYY!!!! What a night @LancsCCC just ridiculous from @josbuttler

    Nathan Buck: That's why the App Store made a red rose not a white one. Well played that man @josbuttler

  25. DURHAM BEAT DERBYSHIRE BY FIVE RUNS

    Derbyshire 142-9 (20 overs) v Durham (147-7)

    Nathan Rimmington can only hit a single off the final ball of the match and Durham take a well-deserved win after a superb late fightback from am almost hopeless position.

  26. WICKET White (c Stokes b Arshard 1)

    Derbyshire 141-9 v Durham (19.5 overs, target 148)

    Another wicket falls as Usman Arshad bowls a superb final over. Six required off the last ball to tie! Durham look like they've snatched this one out of the fire but Derbyshire's collapse has been painful viewing for the home fans.

  27. WICKET Thakor (c Collingwood b Arshad 16)

    Derbyshire 137-8 v Durham (19.1 overs, target 148)

    Shiv Thakor skies the first ball of the over and the ever-reliable Paul Collingwood makes no mistake. What a finish to the match from Durham.

  28. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jos Buttler and David Lloyd

    Lancashire CCC: Here is our main man @josbuttler looking very pleased after that win! @MichaelVaughan trying to photobomb!

  29. WICKET Knight (c Mustard b Hastings 0)

    Derbyshire 137-7 v Durham (18.5 overs, target 148)

    And even tastier now! Tom Knight goes, caught behind, first ball and John Hastings is on a hat-trick - what a turnaround!

  30. WICKET Poynton (b Hastings 5)

    Derbyshire 137-6 v Durham (18.4 overs, target 148)

    John Hastings takes all the pace off the delivery and does Tom Poynton all ends up. It's getting tasty now...

  31. Post-match verdict

    Lancashire's Jos Buttler speaks to Sky Sports about his side's Roses win

    "I was always backing myself, especially on grounds like this where if you get it it's going to clear the ropes. If he misses his yorker, he has to go out of the park.

    "We need more of this sort of cricket and playing in front of big crowds.

    "It's great for a 17-year-old lad to be trusted with the penultimate over in a huge game in front of a huge crowd.

    "That will give him great confidence and that's what we need this competition to do."

  32. Post update

    Derbyshire 134-5 v Durham (18 overs, target 148)

    14 runs from the remaining two overs required for Derbyshire.... Should be well within range but Durham are still running in hard and fielding for all they're worth.

  33. Post-match verdict

    Lancashire captain Steven Croft speaks to Sky Sports about their Roses victory

    "We were disappointed with our bowling. I didn't change the bowling as much as I could.

    "After the first ball of the game that Glenn Maxwell hit for six, I didn't know where to bowl.

    "It was vital to get a win and there's no better place to do it than Headingley."

  34. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Mike Crew: Once again the roses produces a great game of t20 #bbccricket #T20Blast #T20

    Chris Jackson: Great to see @josbuttler tucking into the buffet laid out by Bresnan and @Yorkshireccc. Congrats @LancsCCC #waroftheroses #bbccricket

    Rob Meech: The Buttler did it #YorksvLancs #TMSt20 #bbccricket

    Michael Green: Top effort against a quality bowling side @LancsCCC @bbctms #bbccricket

    It certainly lived up to the hype didn't it? An absolutely fantastic game at Headingley.

  35. Post-match verdict

    Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale speaks to Sky Sports about the defeat to Lancashire

    "We didn't get our skills right at the end. We have to go back to the drawing board and be better.

    "Matthew Fisher is a young kid, only 17, but with Tim Bresnan and his experience, I thought we had enough bowling at the end to win that game.

    "I felt bringing the lads back with the yorkers was the best bet. They should have been able to shut them out with the yorkers."

  36. WICKET Dilshan 54 (c Muchall b Hastings)

    Derbyshire 118-5 v Durham (16 overs, target 148)

    Hello... Durham couldn't do it from here, could they? Danger man Tillakaratne Dilshan is well caught after top-edging a John Hastings delivery. Calm heads needed from the home side, who should still be able to knock off the runs needed.

  37. WICKET Godleman (st Mustard b Pringle 1)

    Derbyshire 110-4 v Durham (14.2 overs, target 148)

    Derbyshire are making this rather harder than it needs to be as Billy Godleman charges down the wicket to hit out but gets it all wrong to give Phil Mustard a straightforward stumping. This shouldn't be close but you never know if Durham can get another couple of quick wickets....

  38. ESSEX BEAT SURREY BY SIX WICKETS

    Surrey 169-8 (20 overs) v Essex 170-4 (19.2 overs)

    Fair play to Essex, who coast to victory at The Oval despite the best intentions of Surrey's bowlers and multiple squirrel pitch invasions. Azhar Mahmood strikes a four to seal it, meaning bottom-placed Essex win only their second match in the T20 Blast this summer.

  39. LEICESTERSHIRE BEAT NOTTINGHAMSHIRE BY SIX WICKETS

    Nottinghamshire 148-7 (20 overs), Leicestershire 152-4 (18.5 overs)

    A sensational end to the match at Trent Bridge as Umar Akmal uses all his international experience and sends three Luke Fletcher full tosses into the stands for sixes, the second of the three high and over the Fox Road Stand.

    The match then ends with seven balls remaining as the Foxes are awarded six penalty runs after Notts would have started their final over past the cut-off time.

    Stuart Broad finished with 1-20 from his four overs but Akmal's class shone through at the end.

  40. WICKET Elstone (c Pringle b Borthwick 13)

    Derbyshire 106-3 v Durham (13.3 overs, target 148)

    Scott Borthwick takes his second wicket as Scott Elstone tries to get it over and done with quickly, but mistimes it and is caught by Ryan Pringle in the deep.

  41. GLAMORGAN BEAT MIDDLESEX BY FOUR RUNS

    Glamorgan 169-5 (20 overs) v Middlesex 165-5 (20 overs)

    Well what a thrilling ending in Cardiff and a treat for all the fans who decided to forgo the allure of One Direction and the Manic Street Preachers.

    Glamorgan halt Middlesex's late charge and take it to the final over where John Simpson needed a six to win from the final ball. But Glamorgan picked up the victory when he failed to connect.

  42. WORCESTERSHIRE BEAT NORTHANTS BY 14 RUNS

    Worcestershire 211-3 (20 overs), v Northants 197-7 (20 overs)

    With 27 needed off the final over, Steven Crook strikes the second ball from Ed Barnard for six.

    However the young bowler keeps it tight for the rest of the over and Worcestershire see the game out.

    An impressive performance from Daryl Mitchell's men who now have two wins from their opening three games in the North Group.

  43. Post update

    Derbyshire 106-2 v Durham (13 overs, target 148)

    This match is petering out somewhat. The last ball of the 13th over - bowled by England's Ben Stokes - is a bizarre one which looks to have bounced twice before going well wide of the crease. Dilshan chases it miles away from the stumps and seems to hurt his back in the process. Not one for the highlights reel....

  44. Post update

    Middlesex 157-5 v Glamorgan (19 overs, target 170)

    Andrew Salter

    A thrilling end in Cardiff as Middlesex require 13 runs from the final over to win.

  45. Post update

    Northants 185-6 v Worcestershire (27 runs needed off 6 balls)

    A huge over from Saeed Ajmal has almost certainly ended Northants' chase as Moeen Ali catches both Shahid Afridi and Josh Cobb in the mid-wicket region.

    Cobb finished with 80 off just 44 balls with five fours and six sixes and saw the expensive Ajmal finish with figures of 3-53. Mind you the spinner bowled his final without Ben Cox standing behind the stumps. Innovative or pointless?

    A full Jack Shantry ball cleans up Rory Kleinveldt's stumps before he has Rob Keogh is caught by Richard Oliver for two.

  46. WICKET Bopara (c Sangakkara b Henriques 57)

    Essex 142-3 v Surrey (17.2 overs, target 170)

    The 20,000-strong crowd are braced for a tense finish at The Oval as Ravi Bopara is well caught by Kumar Sangakkara after Tom Westley was bowled by Matt Dunn.

    But it's not just the cricket that's been the focus of the bumper crowd, it's the wildlife. Play has been interrupted three times by a squirrel invading the pitch.

  47. LANCASHIRE BEAT YORKSHIRE BY FOUR WICKETS

    Yorkshire 185-8 (20 overs) v Lancashire 186-6 (20 overs)

    An unbelievable final over at Headingley as Jos Buttler digs out a Tim Bresnan yorker. He saunters to the other end and Glenn Maxwell, who is a quick fielder, misses the shy at the stumps.

    The Lancashire players celebrate in the dug-out as Jos Buttler raises his bat in celebration. It was a remarkable innings from Buttler - an unbeaten 71 from 35 deliveries.

  48. Akmal (42 balls, 3 fours, 2 sixes)

    Leicestershire 118-4 v Nottinghamshire (17 overs, target 149)

    Umar Akmal's first match for Leicestershire has begun well as he reaches a well earned half-century with a single off Harry Gurney.

    The Pakistan batsman may well be playing the defining innings for the Foxes as they head towards a tense finish.

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    Lancashire 185-6 v Yorkshire (19.5 overs, target 186)

    A single from Tim Bresnan's fourth ball means Lancashire need two runs from two balls, and it's Arron Lilley on strike. He gets his bat on a yorker and the scores are level - one run from one ball needed...

  50. Post update

    Lancashire 183-6 v Yorkshire (19.3 overs, target 186)

    Tim Bresnan's first ball is a good length that Jos Buttler picks up for six, before his next ball is flayed through the covers for four. The third ball is a full toss that is run down to the boundary.

    Lancashire need three from three deliveries. What a remarkable innings from Buttler who is 69 not out.

  51. Post update

    Lancashire 169-6 v Yorkshire (19 overs, target 186)

    Matthew Fisher has received the treatment after dismissing James Faulkner as Jos Buttler flays him for two extraordinary sixes.

    The second is the best of the lot, a huge, straight hit that sails right into the press area at Headingley. That also brings up his half-century, from just 28 deliveries, with three fours and four sixes.

    It's a mixed over from Fisher, who strays down the leg-side but finishes well as he traps Alex Davies for a first-ball duck with an excellent yorker. Lancashire need 17 from the final over.

  52. Post update

    Leicestershire 112-4 v Nottinghamshire (16 overs, target 149)

    Umar Akmal is doing all the big hitting for the Foxes as Jake Ball's final over goes for 15. The seamer finishes with figures of 3-42 off his four overs.

    The Pakistan batsman moves to 46 off 37 balls but he is going to need to find a few more boundaries if Leicestershire are going to overcome Notts.

  53. WICKET Malan (b Meschede 70)

    Middlesex 138-4 v Glamorgan (16.2 overs, target 170)

    A horrendous over for Middlesex as the talisman Dawid Malan has been bowled by Craig Meschede who then bowled Neil Dexter two balls later.

  54. WICKET Faulkner (c Maxwell b Fisher 8)

    Lancashire 155-5 v Yorkshire (18.2 overs, target 186)

    17-year-old Matthew Fisher, who was siting an A-Level exam earlier today, has been entrusted with the penultimate over and he has claimed a huge wicket.

    James Faulkner looks to smash the bowler through mid-wicket but he can only send a catch to Glenn Maxwell on the boundary.

  55. Post update

    Northants 171-3 v Worcestershire (41 runs needed off 18 balls)

    There is a first in Northamptonshire tonight as Moeen Ali comes on and bowls without a wicketkeeper. Ben Cox takes off his gloves and moves to short third man and the umpires look quizzically at each other, not entirely sure what to do.

    Moeen is allowed to continue and goes for 10 runs before Joe Leach returns and bowls Alex Wakely for 19 to bring Shahid Afridi to the crease.

    'Boom Boom' send his third ball to the shortest boundary of the ground before sending the ball away over mid-wicket for another maximum - as a new ball is called for.

    This match is going to the wire!

  56. Bopara (40 balls, 5 fours)

    Essex 129-2 v Surrey (14.4 overs, target 170)

    It's a fantastic over for Essex as Ravi Bopara hits his fifty before Tom Westley hits his own fifty two balls later.

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    Lancashire 154-4 v Yorkshire (18 overs, target 186)

    James Faulkner is off the mark straight away with a single but Tim Bresnan responds with an excellent yorker.

    His third delivery is slightly more wayward - slow, wide and pulled for four. Faulkner then effortlessly drives a full ball for six to put Yorkshire on the back-foot again. The Red Rose county require 32 from 12 deliveries.

  58. Post update

    Essex 107-2 v Surrey (13 overs, target 170)

    Essex are coasting here. They have scored 41 in their last five overs and Ravi Bopara and Tom Westley are both brimming with confidence.

    Could Essex seal a big victory at The Oval? Remember they sit bottom of the South Group with just one win from five so far.

  59. WICKET Croft (c Pyrah b Plunkett 15)

    Lancashire 141-4 v Yorkshire (17 overs, target 186)

    Yorkshire need Liam Plunkett to stay in control but a no-ball and a wide gifts Lancashire some extra runs.However Steven Croft mis-hits a full delivery straight to Richard Pyrah on the boundary edge.

    Lancashire need 45 from 18 deliveries. It's a tough ask but Jos Buttler has just been joined at the crease by James Faulkner, who is quite handy with the bat...

  60. WICKET Hughes (b Borthwick 21)

    Derbyshire 74-2 v Durham (7.2 overs, target 148)

    Derbyshire look to be in firm control of this match, but a few more deliveries like this one from Scott Borthwick could make it a bit more interesting. Chesney Hughes is looking to cut the ball but misjudges the flight and sees the ball hit his stumps.

  61. Post update

    Leicestershire 81-4 v Nottinghamshire (13 overs, target 149)

    Matthew Boyce is given a life by Stuart Broad in the field after he sends a fuller ball from Darren Sammy high into the sky, only for a back-pedalling Broad to misjudge the flight of the ball and miss the chance to claim a fifth Foxes wicket.

    The run-rate has gone up over nine with neither Umar Akmal or Boyce managing to find the boundary ropes. Singles at this stage will not be enough.

  62. Post update

    Lancashire 129-3 v Yorkshire (16 overs, target 186)

    Matt Fisher returns and Jos Buttler and Steven Croft flay him to the boundary as the youngster strays down the leg-side.

    Adil Rashid keeps things tighter at the opposite end before Buttler heaves another huge boundary over mid-wicket. He dances down the pitch and just flicks his wrists as the ball sails into the Western Terrace. It's a good spell from Rashid though, who finishes with figures of 0-32.

  63. WICKET Morgan (b Cosker 15)

    Middlesex 108-2 v Glamorgan (13.1 overs, target 170)

    Eoin Morgan

    A big blow for Middlesex as they lose England one-day captain Eoin Morgan who is bowled Dean Cosker.

    Could this be the breakthrough that Glamorgan need?

  64. Post update

    Northants 136-2 v Worcestershire (14 overs, target 212)

    Josh Cobb races to his half-century off only 31 balls as sends Daryl Mitchell and Ed Barnard for huge sixes in consecutive overs.

    No bowler is safe from the Northants batsman as Saeed Ajmal is launched over mid-off for a maximum before being sent to the mid-wicket boundary.

    The spinner then commits the cardinal sin of bowling a no-ball, as Cobb moves into the 60s.

    Northants need 76 off the final six overs, but with Cobb at the crease the Steelbacks will feel they have a chance.

  65. Post update

    Leicestershire 64-4 v Nottinghamshire (need 85 more runs from 10 overs)

    Umar Akmal swivels and sends Luke Fletcher for a big six but can manage a single off the rest of the over.

    Another tidy over from Stuart Broad sees the England bowler go for only four runs sees the run rate creep up to 8.5.

    Despite the relatively modest total set by Notts, the slow pitch is making it difficult for the batsman to score as free as they may like.

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    Essex 79-2 v Surrey (10 overs, target 170)

    Despite Tom Westley being dropped on the boundary at fine leg, it's been a fine performance from Essex as we reach the halfway mark.

    Surrey will need to upset the current partnership of Westley and Ravi Bopara, because Essex are looking rather comfortable at The Oval.

    However, they won't want the run-rate to climb any higher. The visitors need 91 off 60 balls.

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    Lancashire 104-3 v Yorkshire (14 overs, target 186)

    Liam Plunkett is bowling quick - one delivery just nudges over the 90mph mark as he angles the ball into the ribs of the batsmen. He's well supported by Glenn Maxwell, who spins the ball hard to keep the batsmen quiet.

    Jos Buttler flays Glenn Maxwell for a huge six that goes far back into the stands, before Adil Rashid bowls a tight over. The run-rate is climbing for Lancashire - they need 82 from 36 deliveries.

  68. Malan (36 balls, 9 fours)

    Middlesex 97-2 v Glamorgan (11.1 overs, target 170)

    Dawid Malan continues his rich vein of form as he reaches his half century, setting Middlesex on course for victory in Cardiff.

  69. WICKET

    Derbyshire 34-1 v Durham (3.5 overs, target 148)

    Brilliant fielding from Paul Collingwood... how many times has that sentence been typed over the years, I wonder? The former England captain is pretty much square on to the stumps but makes no mistake as he runs out Wes Durston, who had set off on an optimistic run which was never really there.

  70. Post update

    Middlesex 91-2 v Glamorgan (10 overs, target 170)

    Middlesex have reached the halfway stage and they're looking in good shape in Cardiff. Dawid Malan is keeping the visitors ticking along, hitting nine fours in his 46.

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    Northants 97-2 v Worcestershire (11 overs, target 212)

    Moeen Ali is being treated to bit of his own medicine as Richard Levi sends the balls straight back over the England player's head for six before Josh Cobb clobbers the ball to the cover boundary.

    The Northants pair switch roles against Saeed Ajmal but the Pakistan bowler traps Levi lbw. It brings an entertaining innings to end after Levi had hit six fours and a six in 28-ball 42.

  72. WICKET Prince (lbw Maxwell 32)

    Lancashire 89-3 v Yorkshire (12.2 overs, target 186)

    That's three wickets for Glenn Maxwell. He bowls it straight and Ashwell Prince is hit low and directly in front of the stumps. An easy decision for the umpire.

    Yorkshire have restricted Lancashire from scoring freely but Jos Buttler is fighting back as he heaves Maxwell for a huge six into the stands.

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    Middlesex 75-2 v Glamorgan (8 overs, target 170)

    Dawid Malan

    Middlesex are looking good here despite losing Joe Burns for 21 off Andrew Salter's fine delivery.

    The in-form Dawid Malan is keeping things ticking over in Cardiff as they approach the halfway mark.

  74. WICKET Agathangelou (c Patel b Broad 14)

    Leicestershire 53-4 v Nottinghamshire (7.6 overs, target 149)

    Stuart Broad has his first wicket in a Notts shirt in the T20 competition for five years as Andrea Agathangelou picks out Samit Patel at mid-wicket, seconds after the fielder had been moved into that position.

    The Foxes will now be relying on Umar Akmal if they are going to get close to Notts' score.

  75. WICKET Brown (c Ballance b Maxwell 21)

    Lancashire 82-2 v Yorkshire (10.4 overs, target 186)

    Karl Brown will be fuming with himself. Glenn Maxwell bowls a juicy full-toss and Brown hits it straight to Gary Ballance at mid-wicket. A horrible way to go.

    Ashwell Prince is still in, looking dangerous on 30, and he's been joined by Jos Buttler.

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    Leicestershire 52-3 v Nottinghamshire (7 overs, target 149)

    Stuart Broad's first over for Notts in a T20 since 2010 goes for just a single before Umar Akmal pulls the final ball of the over to the boundary.

    West Indies bowler Darren Sammy enters the fray but Andrea Agathangelou and Akmal are struggling to pierce the well set field and manage just four singles.

    Despite the relative quite out on the square, the Foxes are up with the rate. We could have a low-scoring thriller on our hands this evening.

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    Essex 52-2 v Surrey (6 overs, target 170)

    After losing Alastair Cook without early on, Tom Westley is doing all the scoring as he looks to turn their fortunes around.

    Since Cook departed the crease, he's hit three fours and a six as Essex reach the fifty mark after six overs.

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    Lancashire 75-1 v Yorkshire (9 overs, target 186)

    A better over from Richard Pyrah is spoiled by an excellent flick to the fine leg boundary from Ashwell Prince who moves to 27 not out.

    Adil Rashid's second over is better directed, as the spinner settles into a rhythm. He is straighter and causes Karl Brown some problems before the Lancashire batsman slog-sweeps him for a boundary.

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    Middlesex 60-1 v Glamorgan (6 overs, target 170)

    Nick Compton

    Middlesex haven't let the early loss of Nick Compton affect them too much after he was bowled by Wayne Parnell.

    Dawid Malan has hit his eighth four of the night from just six overs to move to 36 not out. A storming start for the visitors in Cardiff.

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    Northants 60-1 v Worcestershire (need 153 more runs from 13 overs)

    Josh Cobb and Richard Levi are rebuilding for Northants, although they may need to start hitting a few more boundaries with the run-rate heading towards 12 an over.

    Levi sends Saeed Ajmal for two boundaries as the Pakistan bowler's first over of the summer for Worcestershire leaks 12 runs.

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    Leicestershire 42-3 v Nottinghamshire (5 overs, target 149)

    Perhaps Jake Ball has found a new way ideal way of bowling T20 matches as he is again sent for a four, this time by Mark Cosgrove, before the Foxes captain has his stumps rearranged.

    Ball, who has bowled just one dot ball in his three overs so far is now 3-27 off three overs.

    Andrea Agathangelou and Umar Akmal are at the crease for Leicestershire as Stuart Broad comes on to huge cheers from the Trent Bridge crowd.

  82. Post update

    Lancashire 61-1 v Yorkshire (7 overs, target 186)

    An excellent powerplay for Lancashire, with Ashwell Prince and Karl Brown looking relatively untroubled.

    Brown welcomed Richard Pyrah's introduction to the attack by belting him for a huge, straight six. The beer snakes have started popping up as Adil Rashid searches for a breakthrough.

    Rashid's first over is too full but neither batsman can capitalise on the looser deliveries. Brown sweeps his final ball for four as Lancashire continue their good start.

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    Durham 147-7 v Derbyshire (20 overs)

    The Durham innings comes to a close with John Hastings and Usman Arshad at the crease. That looks a bit short of a winning score but we shall see...

  84. Post update

    Northants 27-1 v Worcestershire (4 overs, target 212)

    David Willey's stay at the crease is short and sweet as the continually impressive Joe Leach has him caught by Ed Barnard for just 12.

    Barnard's first over then goes for just one run as Worcestershire continue to apply pressure on the Northants' batsmen.

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    Leicestershire 22-2 v Nottinghamshire (need 127 more runs off 17 overs)

    Jake Ball is going at a fairly expensive rate at the moment but he's picking up vital wickets as he bowls Ben Raine for five after conceding two poor boundaries.

    Leicestershire are without big hitters Grant Elliot and the O'Brien Brothers, Kevin and Niall, so Andrea Agathangelou walks to the crease ahead of Umar Akmal.

    The re-jigged Foxes batting line-up is up against it at Trent Bridge.

  86. SOMERSET BEAT HAMPSHIRE BY EIGHT WICKETS

    Hampshire 167-3 (20 overs) v Somerset 173-2 (18.3 overs)

    Chris Gayle

    Chris Gayle hits the winning runs with a six... How else would you expect the World Boss to do it? He ends on 85 not out, with eight sixes and four boundaries to his name - and a T20 Blast average of 328!

  87. WICKET Cook (c Curran b Dunn 8)

    Essex 24-2 v Surrey (2.5 overs, target 170)

    That's not a great shot from the England captain. Alastair Cook is out for just eight after he is caught at deep square leg off the bowling of Matt Dunn.

    Ravi Bopara is at the crease and it's not the start Essex would have been hoping for.

  88. WICKET Livingstone (c Rashid b Maxwell 27)

    Lancashire 41-1 v Lancashire (4.4 overs, target 186)

    Liam Livingstone has struck Tim Bresnan for a huge six. He swivel-pulled a decent length delivery into the top stand at Headingley and it only just lands inside the ground. That is some shot.

    Glenn Maxwell comes on and Matthew Fisher drops a simple chance at mid-wicket from Livingstone. Not that it matters - Livingstone miscues a sweep shot the next ball and Rashid takes a good catch to dismiss the youngster.

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    Middlesex 28-0 v Glamorgan (3 overs, target 170)

    A thumping start for Middlesex as Dawid Malan hits three fours in the second over before Nick Compton hits three boundaries of his own in the following over.

    A long way to go, of course, but they're seizing the initiative in the opening stages of their innings.

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    Northants 16-0 v Worcestershire (need 196 more runs off 18 overs)

    Northants are going to need David Willey to be firing on all cylinders if they are going to chase down the mammoth target set by Worcestershire and after Joe Leach's first over goes for only four runs, Willey hits a pair of boundaries off Jack Shantry to pick up the run-rate.

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    Lancashire 28-0 v Yorkshire (3 overs, target 186)

    Tim Bresnan takes the second over and Liam Livingstone flat-bats his second ball for a straight six. Bresnan responds with a gem of a delivery that just seams away from Ashwell Prince at the last minute.

    Liam Plunkett takes over from Matt Fisher and Livingstone drives him through the covers for four. An excellent diving stop from Gary Ballance stops another boundary but Lancashire have started well.

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    Somerset 140-2 v Hampshire (16 overs, target 168)

    Chris Gayle

    Bit of a shame for Fidel Edwards as his final two balls are smacked to the boundary by James Hildreth. The West Indies man has bowled 15 dot balls from his 24 balls, ending with figures of 1-20.

    Chris Gayle is unbeaten on 63. Just another day at the office for the big Jamaican.

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    Leicestershire 7-1 v Nottinghamshire (1 over, target 149)

    Not the greatest of starts for Notts' bowler Jake Ball as his three of his first four balls are called wides before the second legitimate ball is sent to the boundary by Ned Eckersley.

    However, Ball has his revenge three balls later as James Taylor takes a smart catch at point to get rid of the batsman for just four.

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    Durham 120-4 v Derbyshire (17 overs)

    Gordon Muchall and Paul Collingwood are at the crease for Durham, knocking the ball about without too much bother - but also without too many boundaries, with just one four from the last five overs. Time to put the foot down now, surely?

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    Lancashire 7-0 v Yorkshire (1 over, target 186)

    A brave choice from captain Andrew Gale as he gives 17-year-old Matthew Fisher the ball for the first over. His second ball is short and Ashwell Prince gratefully pulls it for four.

    Despite a leg-side wide, Fisher finds some swing and the rest of the over is reasonably tidy.

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    Worcestershire 211-3 v Northants (20 overs)

    38 runs come off the final three overs of Worcestershire innings as they score their fifth highest T20 total, thanks to a brilliant 90 off 50 balls from Moeen Ali.

    The England all-rounder shared a century stand with captain and fellow opening batsman Daryl Mitchell (43) while Tom Kohler-Cadmore's 30 off 18 balls and Ross Whiteley's 20 off nine balls propelled the Rapids past 200.

    David Willey was the pick of the bowlers for Northants finishing with 1-32 from his four overs and Shahid Afridi ended with 1-39 but the three other bowlers all went for over 10 runs an over.

  97. GLOUCESTERSHIRE BEAT KENT BY NINE WICKETS

    Kent 156-6 (20 overs), Gloucestershire 157-1 (17.2 overs)

    After Kent's stunning win at Somerset last week, they came into this game leading the south table but they were completely dominated with both bat and ball.

    Michael Klinger (69) and Ian Cockbain (54) guided them to victory after a tight bowling display, led by Benny Howell with 3 for 18.

    Not many would have predicted this result for the Gladiators who now have eight points, level with Kent.

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    Surrey 169-8 v Essex (20 overs)

    After Surrey looked to be sailing their way to a modest finish, in comes Zafar Ansari who hit two sixes and a four in the penultimate over to boost their score.

    Not even the loss of Gareth Batty from the final ball could dampen their spirits as number seven batsman Ansari's unbeaten 39, along with Kumar Sangakkara's 58 helps Surrey to a decent finish.

  99. 50 Gayle (36 balls, 3 fours, 4 sixes)

    Somerset 110-2 v Hampshire (13 overs, target 168)

    Chris Gayle

    It's turning into the World Boss show without the man himself really getting out of second gear. Two sixes off the 13th over brings up his 50 and Somerset's ton. You have to say he's producing the goods for his county. Unless Hampshire can get him out pretty quickly it's going to be a canter to victory for Somerset.

  100. 50 Ian Cockbain (37 balls, 3 fours, 1 six)

    Gloucestershire 146-1 v Kent (16.3 overs, target 157)

    And this one is just about all over as Ian Cockbain joins his batting partner in making it to 50.

    It took him one more ball, but it's only a matter of time now before Gloucestershire secure the win...

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    Glamorgan 169-5 v Middlesex (20 overs)

    And Glamorgan finish their innings with two sixes in the final over, thanks to a fine knock from Chris Cooke who seemed determined to add to their score in the final stages as he steered them to a decent finish with 39 not out.

    Clearly the highlight of their innings was captain Jacques Rudolph's knock of 60 which really gave Glamorgan a flying start.

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    Nottinghamshire 148-7 v Leicestershire (20 overs)

    An entertaining final over sees Clint McKay trap Brendan Taylor lbw for 47 before having James Taylor caught behind for a first ball duck.

    Stuart Broad entered the fray with just one ball of Notts' innings remaining and the England bowler is run out without facing a ball as he and partner Darren Sammy go for a quick single that was never there.

    It was a brilliant final over for the Foxes as McKay finished with excellent figures of 4-24 off his four overs with Atif Sheikh and Jigar Naik picking up a wicket a piece.

    Alex Hales' impressive 54 off 42 balls took Nottinghamshire to 148-7 but that seems a relatively below-par score at Trent Bridge.

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    Yorkshire 185-8 v Lancashire (20 overs)

    Gary Ballance speaking to Sky Sports: "I jumped at the chance to play today.

    "It's always great to play in a Roses match. Test cricket is tough but there's a lot of pressure here too.

    "It's nice to have a slog, really. The wind helped but I'm pretty happy with how I went."

  104. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Mark Long: why does @henrygayle have to play a normal innings when I have him in my fantasy side! #BBCCricket #T20Blast #WeAreSomerset

    I'm not sure there's anything normal about Chris Gayle Mark!

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    Yorkshire 185-8 v Lancashire (20 overs)

    George Edwards' final over is full of slower deliveries and Rich Pyrah is run out on the final ball of the innings to leave Yorkshire 185-7.

    A half-century from Joe Root and an 18-ball 31 from Gary Ballance was the bedrock of Yorkshire's innings, after Glenn Maxwell flayed 18 runs from the first over.

    Lancashire's bowlers executed their slower balls to perfection, with James Faulkner finishing with figures of 3-27.

  106. WICKET Trego (c Wheater b Briggs 51)

    Somerset 94-2 v Hampshire (11.5 overs, target 168)

    Peter Trego

    Hampshire desperately needed to get one of Somerset's two dangermen and it's Peter Trego who loses his wicket after reaching his 50. A couple of balls earlier Will Smith dropped Chris Gayle - you don't need to be a cricketing brainbox to know that is not what the doctor ordered for Hampshire.

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    Surrey 140-7 v Essex (18 overs)

    12 balls to go in Surrey's innings at The Oval and Zafar Ansari is bringing a late push for runs as he hits a six and a four moments after coming to the crease.

    Surrey welcome veteran Gareth Batty to proceedings after Shaun Tait bowled James Burke.

  108. 50 Michael Klinger (36 balls, 5 fours, 1 six)

    Gloucestershire 121-1 v Kent (13.2 overs, target 157)

    Australian Michael Klinger is guiding his team to victory here as he makes his half century, which has included five fours and a six.

    He has just seemed to have all the time in the world at the crease compared the problems the Kent batsmen faced.

  109. WICKET Stokes (c Knight b Dilshan 19)

    Durham 88-4 v Derbyshire

    He was England's hero in the first Test against New Zealand but Ben Stokes doesn't quite produce the innings he was hoping for tonight as Tom Knight takes the catch off Tillakaratne Dilshan's bowling.

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    Yorkshire 180-7 v Lancashire (19 overs)

    A fine spell from James Faulkner, who finishes with figures of 3-26. His change of pace - particularly his slower balls - have thrown the Yorkshire batsman.

    It's George Edwards to bowl the final over, and he will be looking to mix up his speeds to keep up Faulkner's good word.

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    Nottinghamshire 130-3 v Leicestershire (17 overs)

    The loss of Alex Hales has slowed down Notts' progress with Brendan Taylor and new batsman Samit Patel managing to eek out rare boundaries in amongst the singles and dot balls.

    Leicestershire's Ben Raine continues to impress before over-stepping the mark for the first no-ball of the innings.

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    Worcestershire 173-3 v Northants (17 overs)

    A brief but entertaining innings from Colin Munro comes to an end as David Willey has the New Zealand batsman caught on the boundary edge by Alex Wakely for 17, a couple of overs after Munro had sent a reverse-sweep for six.

    Tom Kohler-Cadmore and new batsman Ross Whiteley continue to find the boundary edge as Worcestershire give themselves a chance of reaching 200.

  113. Post update

    Gloucestershire 110-1 v Kent (12 overs, target 157)

    Gloucestershire are cruising towards their target at Beckenham, as they've scored freely throughout the innings.

    Can Kent get back into this contest with a few quick wickets?

  114. WICKET Leaning (c Buttler b Faulkner 22)

    Yorkshire 174-7 v Lancashire (18.2 overs)

    James Faulkner's slower ball does the trick again. Jack Leaning has a huge swipe but sends an outside edge high into the air. Jos Buttler takes a good, running catch to dismiss Leaning for 22.

    Liam Plunkett's first ball from Faulkner is short and Plunkett, on tip-toes, smashes it through the off-side for a much needed boundary.

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    Glamorgan 133-4 v Middlesex (17 overs)

    Jacque Rudolph

    Glamorgan will be hoping that the wheels aren't coming off in Cardiff as they look a bit shell-shocked after the loss of captain Jacques Rudolph, losing Ben Wright in the following over, after he was bowled by Steven Finn.

  116. WICKET Bresnan (b Edwards 12)

    Yorkshire 172-6 v Lancashire (17.5 overs)

    Tim Bresnan, who has been in good batting form this season, clubs the returning George Edwards down the ground for four.

    The all-rounder then somehow manages to send a leading edge for six before he attempts a ramp shot and is clean bowled to give Edwards his second wicket.

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    Yorkshire 161-5 v Lancashire (17 overs)

    Tim Bresnan is having a laughing fit as he pulls James Faulkner straight into the poor umpire at short-leg. Rob Bailey grits his teeth admirably - all the while being booed by the crowd for getting in the way of the ball.

    Faulkner bowls his full arsenal of slower balls and leg cutters to limit Yorkshire to six runs from the over.

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    Somerset 76-1 v Hampshire (9 overs, target 168)

    Chris Gayle

    He might lack the World Boss nickname but Peter Trego is certainly putting a good case for being Deputy World Boss here as he hits three fours and two sixes in the space of three overs to overtake Chris Gayle on 39. If Hampshire's plan was to keep Chris Gayle off the strike, they might need a rethink.

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    Gloucestershire 88-1 v Kent (9 overs, target 157)

    Kent's bowlers aren't having much luck either this evening as Adam Ball concedes 14 off the over.

    Michael Klinger (40) is still leading the charge for the visitors who are on course for victory against the T20 Blast South Group league leaders.

  120. WICKET Sangakkara (c ten Doeschate b Westley 58)

    Surrey 112-5 v Essex (14.5 overs)

    And he's gone! It's a shame for Surrey who were looking in better shape in recent overs but Sangakkara's knock has flattered the hosts, who go into the final stages of their innings needing to improve their fortunes.

  121. WICKET Root (c Bailey b Faulkner 55)

    Yorkshire 155-5 v Lancashire (16.1 overs)

    James Faulkner ends Joe Root's stay with his first ball of his new spell. It's a slower delivery that Root completely miscues. He sends it high into the air - throwing his bat away in the process - and Tom Bailey takes another good catch.

    Time for Tim Bresnan...

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    Yorkshire 155-4 v Lancashire (16 overs)

    Jack Leaning has decided to take the Glenn Maxwell route, smashing his first ball from Arron Lilley for a huge, straight six.

    Joe Root joins in, lap-sweeping a boundary, before Leaning lofts the ball for another, straight-driven six. He rounds the over off by drilling the ball back past the bowler for four. Some lovely hitting - that's 22 from the over and just what Yorkshire needed.

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    Durham 44-2 v Derbyshire (6 overs)

    Derbyshire have got a bit of control here, removing Phil Mustard for 20 - bowled by Nathan Rimmington - while Shiv Thakor takes the wicket of Graham Clarke, again clean bowling him.

  124. 50 Root (35 balls, 8 fours)

    Yorkshire 133-4 v Lancashire (14.5 overs)

    Joe Root reaches his third T20 half-century with a scampered two. Lancashire's spinners have done an excellent job of putting the brakes on Yorkshire's innings but Root's contribution has been vital.

  125. WICKET Rudolph (c Abbott b Dexter 60)

    Glamorgan 113-3 v Middlesex (13.2 overs)

    And Rudolph's innings comes to an end soon after he reached his fifty and seemed to be seizing the initiative against Middlesex. Ben Wright is next at the crease.

  126. WICKET Moeen (c Wakely b Crook 90)

    Worcestershire 140-2 v Northants (13.5 overs)

    Moeen Ali's exhilarating innings is over as Northants captain Alex Wakely takes a brilliant catch off the bowling of Steven Crook to get rid of the free-scoring England all-rounder, two balls after being hit for a straight six.

    The right-handed batsman hit 11 fours and five maximums in his innings with his 90 runs coming off only 50 balls.

    It gives Northants wickets in consecutive overs after Daryl Mitchell was bowled by Shahid Afridi for 43.

  127. Sangakkara (32 balls, 7 fours, 1 six)

    Surrey 93-4 v Essex (12.3 overs)

    It's Kumar Sangakkara's first fifty in the T20 Blast and it might just be what Surrey need to kick start their innings.

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    Gloucestershire 60-1 v Kent (6 overs, target 157)

    Kent finally take their first wicket as Hamish Marshall is caught off the bowling of Mitchell Claydon.

    That's the end of the power play overs and that is pretty much all that Gloucestershire would have wanted. It's very much game on though as Kent were 54-1 at this stage.

  129. WICKET Ballance c Brown b Lilley 31)

    Yorkshire 128-4 v Lancashire (13.5 overs)

    Joe Root hits two fours in two balls to bring up the fifty partnership between himself and Gary Ballance. It's come from 32 balls, which may seem slow but the two are accelerating now.

    Ballance tries to flay Arron Lilley over the leg-side but Karl Brown, facing the sun, takes another well-judged catch to break an important partnership. Root is joined by Jack Leaning.

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    Yorkshire 113-3 v Lancashire (13 overs)

    Gary Ballance opens his arms and thrashes Steven Croft for a straight six - Ballance gets such power on it that it bounces off the top of the sight-screen.

    Facing Steven Parry, Ballance opens his arms and hits the spinner for two consecutive sixes, one of which hits an unsuspecting security guard on the sidelines. Parry responds with a few slower deliveries but he still concedes 16 from the over.

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    Somerset 34-1 v Hampshire (5 overs, target 168)

    Chris Gayle is finding his range as he goes six, four, six off Chris Wood's bowling. He's got a future this lad....

  132. Post update

    Surrey 80-4 v Essex (11 overs)

    It had been a steady start for Surrey at The Oval, but they've lost Moises Henriques after he was bowled by Ravi Bopara while Shaun Tait removed Gary Wilson.

    They will want to up their run rate but fortunately for them, Kumar Sangakkara has hit 43 and is still at the crease.

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    Worcestershire 124-0 v Northants (12 overs)

    Northants are really being made to pay for dropping both Moeen Ali and Daryl Mitchell for nought in consecutive overs.

    Moeen looks in excellent touch as he pulls Kleinveldt over the advertising hoardings for his fourth maximum of the evening to move on to 77 from only 43 balls.

    Not wanting to be left behind Mitchell launches the South African for a pair of fours as he races on to 42 off 29 balls. The Rapids are batting rather rapidly.

  134. Rudolph (33 balls, 8 fours)

    Glamorgan 95-2 v Middlesex (11 overs)

  135. Hales (39 balls, 4 fours, 3 sixes)

    Nottinghamshire 98-2 v Leicestershire (12.6 overs)

    Alex Hales reaches his 25th T20 half-century for the Outlaws by sending Rob Taylor for a maximum.

    However, five balls later the England batsman skies Jigar Naik into the deep and is caught by Taylor for an entertaining 54 off 42 balls.

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    Somerset 17-1 v Hampshire (4 overs, target 168)

    Fidel Edwards looks like a man possessed out there with the ball in hand, fizzing a snorter of a ball past Peter Trego which has the Somerset man wondering what day of the week it is, such is its almost mystical qualities. He's conceded just five runs from his two overs. There's more than just one West Indian star in form at Taunton...

  137. Post update

    Yorkshire 89-3 v Lancashire (11 overs)

    Joe Root breaks the spin shackles as he slog-sweeps Arron Lilley to the boundary but the rest of the over is limited to singles.

    Steven Croft returns to the attack and Gary Ballance welcomes him by thrashing his first ball to the off-side boundary. Root then sweeps a leg-side delivery for four to leave Croft with figures of 2-0-29-0. Ouch.

  138. Post update

    Gloucestershire 44-0 v Kent (4 overs, target 157)

    It's been an excellent start in the reply for Gloucestershire with Michael Klinger (22) and Hamish Marshall (11) doing their best to silence the home fans.

    Kent themselves had a bright opening before fading throughout their innings though

  139. Post update

    Nottinghamshire 80-2 v Leicestershire (11 overs)

    Alex Hales is leading Nottinghamshire's recovery, having taken 10 off Tom Wells first two balls before dissecting the field twice to send Clint McKay for two fours to move on to 42 off only 34 balls.

    Ex-Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor is ticking along at the other end at a run-a-ball 13 as he looks to give the lion's share of the strike to his partner.

  140. Post update

    Durham 35-0 v Derbyshire (4 overs)

    Solid start from Durham, with openers Phil Mustard and Mark Stoneman hitting five boundaries between them after four overs.

  141. Post update

    Jacques Rudolph

    BBC Wales Sport's Dafydd Pritchard at Sophia Gardens:

    "While One Direction and the Manic Street Preachers prepare to play at the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle respectively, it's a little more sedate a few yards down the road as Glamorgan host Middlesex.

    "There isn't quite the same legion of screaming teenagers inside the Swalec Stadium, but there is a sense of contentment with Glamorgan's steady start."

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    Glamorgan 82-1 v Middlesex (10 overs)

    Glamorgan were flying right up until the end of the ninth over but they lost Craig Meschede in the first ball of the tenth after he was bowled by Neil Dexter for a well made 33.

    The hosts are still well on top.

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    Yorkshire 71-3 v Lancashire (9 overs)

    Spin is operating from both ends at Headingley, with Arron Lilley and Stephen Parry building the pressure on Yorkshire.

    An excellent diving stop from Liam Livingstone stops a certain Joe Root boundary - much to the dismay of the Western Terrace - before Root and Gary Ballance contend themselves with singles for the rest of the over.

  144. WICKET (Trescothick c Edwards b Wood 1)

    Somerset 6-1 v Hampshire (2 overs, target 168)

    You don't get too many maiden overs in T20 cricket. Wicket-maidens are somewhere between hen's teeth and The Lost City of Atlantis in their rarity, but that's what Fidel Edwards produced with his first over as he dismisses Marcus Trescothick for just the one run.

  145. Post update

    Somerset 6-0 v Hampshire (1 over, target 168)

    It's World Boss time at Taunton. Chris Gayle - who has been in decent form, it's fair to say - hits a four off the last ball of Will Smith's first over of the Somerset innings.

  146. Post update

    Gloucestershire 6-0 v Kent (1 over, target 157)

    Just as it was when Kent were batting, Gloucestershire get their first run from a wide - it's off Matt Coles who is opening the bowling.

    Former New Zealand international Hamish Marshall and Australian Michael Klinger with a bright first over for the visitors.

  147. Post update

    Glamorgan 68-0 v Middlesex (8 overs)

    One Direction are in Cardiff tonight but surely the big show tonight is at Sophia Gardens.

    Jacques Rudolph is having a great night so far with the Middlesex bowlers leaking plenty of runs. The hosts looking very comfortable with the South African at the helm.

    He's on 37 not out.

  148. Moeen Ali (32 balls, 8 fours, 2 sixes)

    Worcestershire 82-0 v Northants (8.5 overs)

    Moeen Ali is certainly enjoying himself in Northampton tonight as he reaches his half-century with a big six off Shahid Afridi having sent the Pakistan bowler for back-to-back fours.

    Having been dropped on nought off a fairly simple chance at slip, Moeen is going along at strike-rate of over 150.

  149. Post update

    Nottinghamshire 47-2 v Leicestershire (7 overs)

    Alex Hales has finally got into his groove as he hits his first six of the match, launching the so far impressive Atif Sheikh for a maximum towards the car park at Trent Bridge.

    Sheikh finishes his four overs with 1-30, having had Steven Mullaney caught at extra cover for only four. Despite the young bowler's final over going for 11, the left-arm seamer bowled 11 dot balls. An impressive return for the 24-year-old.

  150. WICKET Bairstow (c Brown b Lilley 18)

    Yorkshire 65-3 v Lancashire (7.4 overs)

    Joe Root has a lucky escape the as he hits Arron Lilley high into the air but the ball falls short of mid-on.

    Jonny Bairstow isn't as lucky. He gets huge power on a pull shot but Karl Brown, who had just moved back to the boundary, takes an excellent catch to dismiss him for 18. Gary Ballance joins Root at the crease.

  151. Team news

    Derbyshire v Durham (19:00 BST)

    Nathan Rimmington comes in for his Derbyshire debut, while Tom Knight makes his first appearance of the season.

    England all-rounder Ben Stokes is in action for Durham tonight, while Graham Clark is in for Keaton Jennings.

    Derbyshire have won the toss and elected to bowl first.

    Derbyshire: Dilshan, Durston (capt), Cughes, Elstone, Thakor, Godleman, Knight, Poynton, White, Rimmington, Cotton

    Durham: Stoneman (capt), Mustard, Stokes, Collingwood, Muchall, Hastings, Pringle, Arshad, Borthwick, Rushworth

  152. Post update

    Yorkshire 55-2 v Lancashire (6 overs)

    Joe Root is struggling a little for timing but he advances down the pitch and flays James Faulkner through the covers for four. He repeats the shot the very next ball, dissecting the fielders for another boundary.

    Tom Bailey takes over from George Edwards and his second ball is short, wide and slapped for four by Jonny Bairstow. The two Yorkshire youngsters milk the singles to keep the score ticking over.

  153. Post update

    Surrey 46-2 v Essex (6 overs)

    Alastair Cook has made a quick impact on his return. Jason Roy gave Cook the easiest job of the night at the end of the third over as he caught him at mid-off from the bowling of David Masters.

    But Kumar Sangakkara fired back for Surrey as he hit a six and two fours in the following over. The crowd being treated to an entertaining affair tonight.

  154. Post update

    Worcestershire 52-0 v Northants (6 overs)

    Moeen Ali is enjoying his time in the middle at Wantage Road as he hits Rory Kleinveldt for consecutive fours before launching David Willey for a huge six over cover to move to 32.

    With the boundaries coming with ease in the powerplay, Azharullah's first over goes for 14 with Daryl Mitchell sending the right-arm seamer for a pair of fours.

    A faultless first six overs for the Rapids.

  155. Post update

    Hampshire 167-3 v Somerset (20 overs)

    Alfonso Thomas bowls the final over of the Hampshire innings and it's another tight one. The yorkers are almost perfectly placed and it's just the six runs off the over. You have to imagine Hampshire - who have opener James Vince unbeaten on 64 from 53 balls - would have been hoping for a bit more than that.

    Especially if this man gets going again...

    Chris Gayle
  156. Post update

    Nottinghamshire 29-1 v Leicestershire (4 overs)

    Six and gone! Riki Wessels sends Clint McKay's first ball for a maximum before seeing his middle stump go spiralling out of the ground and departs for 18.

    Steven Mullaney, who had been down to bat at seven, is sent up the order and after a couple of play and misses he dissects the field and hits his first four of the evening.

  157. Post update

    Yorkshire 37-2 v Lancashire (4 overs)

    Lancashire have fought back well after that blistering first over from Glenn Maxwell. James Faulkner is tidy and neither Joe Root or Jonny Bairstow can get him away.

    George Edwards backs up Faulkner's good work before Bairstow helps a leg-side delivery down to the boundary. Root then gets off the mark with a straight drive that only narrowly evades a leaping Alex Davies.

  158. Post update

    Kent 156-6 v Gloucestershire (20 overs)

    After their impressive 227 at Taunton that saw them beat Somerset, it was much harder work for the Kent Spitfires batting line-up tonight.

    They did finish with a six on the final delivery, but opener Daniel Bell-Drummond top scored with 31, while Benny Howell was the pick of the Gloucestershire bowling effort taking 3-18.

  159. Post update

    Nottinghamshire 11-0 v Leicestershire (2 overs)

    Riki Wessels and Alex Hales exchange a boundary each to take 10 off Atif Sheikh but the impressive Ben Raine does well to reign both players in and concede just three runs from his maiden over as Trent Bridge begins to fill up.

    Around 10-12,000 people are expected to turn up to watch some big hitting this evening.

  160. Post update

    Glamorgan 14-0 v Middlesex (3 overs)

    It's been a decent start for the hosts with Craig Meschede and Jacques Rudolph at the crease but the openers are yet to find a boundary.

    But they do look untroubled from Middlesex's bowlers.

  161. Post update

    Worcestershire 15-0 v Northants (3 overs)

    Moeen Ali has been busy for Worcestershire with the England all-rounder hitting boundaries off David Willey and Rory Kleinveldt's overs.

    It seems as though Rapids captain Daryl Mitchell is simply watching his opening partner, having hit just three off his first six balls.

  162. Post update

    Hampshire 144-3 v Somerset (18 overs)

    11 off the over, with a boundary apiece for James Vince and Sean Ervine. Hampshire could do with a few big overs to finish with....

  163. WICKET Blake (c Cockbain b Fuller 22)

    Kent 133-6 v Gloucestershire (18.1 overs)

    Kent lose two wickets in four balls and it's another catch right on the boundary.

    The Spitfires have two batsmen in on nought at a time when they really need to be accelerating...

  164. WICKET Gale (b Faulkner 6)

    Yorkshire 25-2 v Lancashire (2.2 overs)

    James Faulkner takes over from Steven Croft. His first ball is a good length and Andrew Gale flashes hard to get an edge to the third-man boundary.

    Faulkner responds perfectly with a quick, in-swinging yorker that sends the skipper's bails flying. Yorkshire in trouble early on - it's down to Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow now.

  165. Vince (44 balls, 7 fours)

    Hampshire 133-3 v Somerset (17 overs)

    James Vince

    Sohail Tanvir starts to bowl a bit shorter but it looks an ill-advised change of plan as the first two balls of the over are smacked to the boundary by James Vince who brings up his half-century.

    He snaps out of it and goes back to the yorkers which have served Somerset pretty well so far but it's still 13 off the over.

  166. WICKET Maxwell (c Davies b Edwards 18)

    Yorkshire 20-1 v Lancashire (1.4 overs)

    George Edwards bowls the second over and Andrew Gale takes a quick single to get Glenn Maxwell back on strike.

    Maxwell advances down the pitch and tries to hit Edwards over the top but he can only smear the ball into the air. Alex Davies takes a good, running catch to dismiss the Big Show and give the Lancashire dug-out something to smile about.

    Joe Root walks to the crease for the Tykes.

  167. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Kevin Hand

    BBC London 94.9 commentator Kevin Hand: I think #OneDirection may have just been dropped off in Cardiff? Travel chaos tonight in Wales!

  168. Post update

    Yorkshire 18-0 v Lancashire (1 over)

    Glenn Maxwell isn't wasting any time - he reverse sweeps the first ball of the match, from Lancashire captain Steven Croft, for six. Three balls later he reverse-sweeps again, this time through the off-side for four.

    The fourth ball is a more orthodox shot, driven through the covers but the ball races away again to the boundary. Then a full toss is heaved through the leg side for four. Just 18 off the first over then....

  169. Post update

    Hampshire 120-3 v Somerset (16 overs)

    Six off the over and Hampshire need to up the scoring rate from here on in. With an in-form Chris Gayle on the opposing team - not to mention a fair few other more than decent batsmen - it's clear the visitors need to post a competitive total.

  170. Post update

    Kent 122-4 v Gloucestershire (17 overs)

    Alex Blake and Fabian Cowdrey look to have been give instructions to been more expansive with their batting as the Kent innings heads toward an end.

    Blake, who manages nine in that over, hit 70 not out at the Rose Bowl not too long ago, can he produce some magic now?

  171. WICKET Davies (b Westley 0)

    Surrey 1-1 v Essex

    What a great start for Essexas Tom Westley bowls the in-form Steven Davies from just the second ball of the night for nought.

  172. Team News

    Northants v Worcestershire (18:30 BST)

    Fresh from their first victory in the T20 Blast Worcestershire chose to bat first having won the toss with England all-rounder Moeen Ali returning at the top of the order and Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal returning to the Rapids side for the first time this season.

    Fellow Pakistan player Shahid 'Boom Boom' Afridi will be hoping to make a big score as Northants search for their first victory in the competition this season.

    Northants: Willey, Levi, Cobb, Wakely, Afridi, Crook, Keogh, Duckett, Kleinveldt, White, Azharullah

    Worcestershire: Mitchell, Ali, Oliver, Kohler-Cadmore, Munro, Whiteley, Cox, Barnard, Leach, Shantry, Ajmal

  173. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Stuart Meaker and Mark Church

    Surrey bowler Stuart Meaker: In the commentary box with the man that is @surreycricket. Here for the Surrey v Essex t20 game for the evening.

  174. Team news

    Surrey v Essex (18:30 BST)

    At The Oval, Surrey have won the toss and have chosen to bat.

    Essex welcome England captain Alastair Cook into their ranks as they hope to record their second win in this year's T20 Blast.

    Surrey: Roy, Davies, Sangakkara, Henriques, Mahmood, Wilson, Ansari, Batty (capt), Curran, Dunn, Burke

    Essex: Ryder, Cook, Westley, Bopara, ten Doeschate (capt), Velani, Foster, Napier, Malik, Masters, Tait

  175. WICKET Shah (c Overton b Allenby 16)

    Hampshire 109-3 v Somerset (14.5 overs)

    Owais Shah become the latest Hampshire batsman to get out after getting in, so to speak. He misreads Jim Allenby's bowling and chips a simple chance for Jamie Overton to take above his head on the edge of the circle.

  176. Post update

    Kent 110-4 v Gloucestershire (15 overs)

    Another run off every ball in that over, but there are now boundaries and it's a leisurely pace from Kent who saw over 400 runs scored in their game with Somerset last week...

    Five overs left for the hosts to try and kick start their innings.

  177. Post update

    Hampshire 109-2 v Somerset (14 overs)

    Owais Shah hits the first six of the innings to bring the 100 up for Hampshire off Max Waller's bowling.

    James Vince goes long too, but an athletic piece of fielding from Jamie Overton on the boundary ropes keeps the ball in play and saves the six.

    Two dot balls end the over but 13 runs come from Waller's last action with the ball in hand.

  178. Broad excited to be back for Notts

    Stuart Broad

    With several England players released by the ECB to play for their counties in tonight's eight T20 matches, bowler Stuart Broad said he is "excited" to be playing for Nottinghamshire.

    "It feels like a debut, my last T20 for Notts at Trent Bridge was in 2010," he told BBC Radio Nottinghamshire.

    "Whenever I do get the chance, the changing room always welcomes me back and make me feel integrated.

    "As England players, we are always keen to play with our counties whenever we get the opportunity."

  179. Team News

    Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire (18:30 BST)

    Notts announce a team of almost entirely international players as Stuart Broad returns with Alex Hales and James Taylor also featuring before reporting for England ODI duty.

    For Leicestershire, after winning their first County championship match in almost three years, Umar Akmal is handed his debut as they look to win away from home for the first time in the competition this season.

    There is rain about and the covers are currently on but Leicestershire have won the toss and will field, with play hopefully starting on time.

    Notts: Wessels, Hales, Taylor, Patel, Taylor, Sammy, Mullaney, Broad, Ball, Fletcher, Gurney

    Leicestershire: Eckersley, Cosgrove, Raine, Boyce, Akmal, Agathangelou, Wells, Taylor, Sheikh, McKay, Naik

  180. Post update

    Hampshire 96-2 v Somerset (13 overs)

    James Vince has lost his rhythm out in the middle for Hampshire. A low full toss from Jamie Overton is ripe for smacking to the boundary but Vince gets his timing wrong and gets nothing. Another decent over for Somerset, just three off it - just 15 off the last three overs.

  181. Team news

    Glamorgan v Middlesex (18:30 BST)

    In Cardiff, Glamorgan have chosen to bat after winning the toss and are unchanged from losing to Hampshire last time out.

    Meanwhile, Middlesex have one change from their loss at Hants last night, with South African bowler Kyle Abbott coming in for James Harris.

    Glamorgan: Rudolph (capt), Meschede, Ingram, Cooke, Wright, Wallace, Wagg, Parnell, Salter, Cosker, Hogan

    Middlesex: Malan, Compton, Morgan (capt), Burns, Dexter, Franklin, Simpson, Roland-Jones, Abbott, Finn, Sowter.

  182. Post update

    Kent 97-4 v Gloucestershire (13 overs)

    Benny Howell has really managed to subdue the Kent batting line up, with the Gloucestershire man ending with figures of 3 for 18 in his four overs.

  183. Post update

    Kent 89-4 v Gloucestershire (12 overs)

    After being 54-1 and looking in a promising position, things are slightly stalling here for Kent with just five singles off that over from Tom Smith.

    Are they going to be able to get a defendable score here?

  184. Post update

    Hampshire 93-2 v Somerset (12 overs)

    James Vince has had a couple of lives now - he should have been run out but a fumble from non-specialist wicketkeeper Marcus Trescothick lets him off the hook. Max Waller concedes just four off the over.

  185. Team news

    Yorkshire v Lancashire (18:30 BST)

    16,000 people are ready and waiting at Headingley, where Lancashire captain Steven Croft has won the toss and opted to bowl. Jos Buttler will take a place in the middle-order alongside James Faulkner.

    Joe Root and Gary Ballance have returned to the Yorkshire fold, while Glenn Maxwell will open alongside captain Andrew Gale. Gale is playing in his 100th T20 game for the county.

    Yorkshire: Gale (capt), Maxwell, Root, Bairstow, Ballance, Leaning, Pyrah, Bresnan, Plunkett, Rashid, Fisher

    Lancashire: Livingstone, Prince, Brown, Croft (capt), Buttler, Faulkner, Davies, Lilley, Parry, Edwards, Bailey

  186. WICKET Northeast (b Howell 14)

    Kent 84-4 v Gloucestershire (10.5 overs)

    He might have got 96 in his last innings at home, but Sam Northeast is the next Kent player to be heading for the changing room as he is bowled attempting to cut the ball.

    Two wickets in an impressive over for Benny Howell.

  187. WICKET Adams (c Cooper b Gregory 23)

    Hampshire 82-2 v Somerset (10.2 overs)

    Very nice catch from Tom Cooper off Lewis Gregory's bowling accounts for Jimmy Adams, who looked as if he had suddenly decided to flick the switch and up the tempo. He mistimed that one though and it's two wickets down for Hampshire - Owais Shah's the next man in.

  188. Post update

    Hampshire 81-1 v Somerset (10 overs)

    Jimmy Adams

    We're halfway through the Hampshire innings and it's 81-1 - what do you reckon? Decent platform or a few runs short of where they'd like to be? Plenty of wickets in hand though to hit out...

  189. WICKET Stevens (c Dent b Howell 8)

    Kent 82-3 v Gloucestershire (10.2 overs)

    Darren Stevens is slightly unlucky here as he goes for another six off Benny Howell but is caught right on the boundary by Chris Dent.

    Gloucestershire's bowlers doing a fine job at the moment in restricting the run rate.

  190. Post update

    Kent 81-2 v Gloucestershire (10 overs)

    After four overs without a boundary, Sam Northeast hits a maximum with the first ball of Jack Taylor's over.

    Darren Stevens takes seven balls to trouble the scorers but adds eight with the final two balls as the Spitfires reach the halfway stage.

  191. Post update

    Hampshire 72-1 v Somerset (9 overs)

    Great over from Jim Allenby as he records four dot balls - including the last three of the over - with some faultless yorkers. Just two runs off the over.

  192. Post update

    Hampshire 70-1 v Somerset (8 overs)

    James Vince and Jimmy Adams look in good nick - the rough plan so far seems to be to hit the bad ball for four and then not take too many risks with the rest of the over. It's working well enough but the acceleration will need to come at some stage.

  193. WICKET Bell-Drummond (c Cockbain b Howell 30)

    Kent 65-2 v Gloucestershire (8.1 overs)

    Perhaps knowing that Kent have been struggling to reach the rope, Daniel Bell-Drummond has gone for a big shot off Benny Howell and only found the hands of Ian Cockbain.

    The visitors good start has come to a halt at the moment.

  194. Post update

    Kent 65-1 v Gloucestershire (8 overs)

    Bringing the pace off the ball is helping Gloucestershire who have slowed the scoring rate.

    It's now 19 balls since Kent hit their last boundary...

  195. Post update

    Kent 59-1 v Gloucestershire (6 overs)

    Five runs off Benny Howell's first over off the evening for Gloucestershire who are managing to keep the run rate down at the moment.

    Jack Talyor's off-spin now on for the visitors at Beckenham.

  196. Post update

    Hampshire 62-1 v Somerset (7 overs)

    Somerset opener Chris Gayle owes his side a run...! A misfield sees him try to stop the ball with his feet - he ends up nutmegging himself and allows the second run to be scored by Jimmy Adams. A four off the final ball of the over from Adams takes it up to 11 off the over.

  197. Post update

    Craig Kieswetter

    I'm not sure there is a more popular man in Taunton today than Craig Kieswetter.

    The former Somerset opener, who announced his retirement this morning after suffering a horrific eye injury, led his side out ahead of the match against Hampshire.

  198. WICKET Billings (st Jones b Smith 26)

    Kent 52-1 v Gloucestershire (5.1 overs)

    First ball of the new over Tom Smith manages to out fox Sam Billings as he is getting into his stride, and former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones whips off the bails to stump him.

  199. Post update

    Kent 41-0 v Gloucestershire (5 overs)

    Sam Billings is not letting Daniel Bell-Drummond have all the fun - he hits his second and third six of the game and moves onto 26 off 20 balls.

    Gloucestershire tried a number of fielding changes during the over but Kent's power is too much at the moment.

  200. WICKET Carberry (c Hildreth b Tanvir 20)

    Hampshire 46-1 v Somerset (5.1 overs)

    Michael Carberry is the first Hampshire wicket to go as he holes out in the deep to James Hildreth off Sohail Tanvir's bowling. Somerset needed that...

    Meanwhile the Chris Gayle fan club is in full effect in Taunton - the West Indies superstar is getting a round of applause every time he fields the ball!

  201. Post update

    Kent 35-0 v Gloucestershire (4 overs)

    Kent really enjoying themselves in suburban London at the moment, with Daniel Bell-Drummond seeing the ball well now adding another 10 runs with a six and a four.

    Just a reminder, the Spitfires have won six of their last seven games in T20 Blast.

  202. Post update

    Hampshire 27-0 v Somerset (4 overs)

    Somerset manage to tighten it up a little, as Lewis Gregory gives up just six runs from the fourth over - that's about par for a ground which always produces plenty of runs.

    Not really been the sniff of a wicket so far: the batsmen trust this pitch and somewhere in the field a certain World Boss is licking his lips....

  203. Post update

    Kent 25-0 v Gloucestershire (3 overs)

    First six of the game as Daniel Bell-Drummond smashes James Fuller's first ball of the over - Sam Billings adds another maximum with the final delivery.

    19 off the over, making up for Kent's slow first couple of overs.

  204. Post update

    Hampshire 21-0 v Somerset (3 overs)

    Marcus Trescothick belies his advancing years with an acrobatic stop in the field for Somerset but James Vince is in stand and deliver mode - "disdainful" in the words of BBC Radio Solent's Kevan James - as he hits two fours in succession for Hampshire off Jamie Overton's bowling. Eleven off the over.

  205. Post update

    Kent 6-0 v Gloucestershire (2 overs)

    On a warm evening in Kent, David Payne joins James Fuller in trying to attacking the Kent batting line-up with the ball.

    He concedes just one run in the second over as Gloucestershire are yet to get into their stride.

  206. Post update

    Hampshire 9-0 v Somerset (2 overs)

    Solid start for Hampshire, who score six off the first over- all from James Vince's bat - before Michael Carberry gets a look-in off the bowling Sohail Tanvir. Jamie Overton is ready to bowl the next over on a windy late afternoon in Taunton.

  207. Post update

    Kent 5-0 v Gloucestershire (1 over)

    Not the best start in the opening over for Gloucestershire's James Fuller, who bowls a wide with his first ball - and then another one just afterwards.

    Kent have sent wicketkeeper Sam Billingsup the order to opening the batting with Joe Denly out with a side strain.

  208. Follow T20 Blast on BBC Sport

    ISDN kit

    You can listen to ball-by-ball coverage of every match in this season's T20 Blast from BBC local radio stations via the BBC Sport website - commentaries are available on desktop, tablet and mobile devices. Just go to the top of this page and click the commentary you wish to hear.

    In addition, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra will provide commentary of a selected match each Friday, while you can also follow a live text commentary of every set of Friday fixtures during the group phase.

    And if you miss any T20 Blast action, there's a weekly podcast to help you catch up.

  209. Team news

    Kent v Gloucestershire (17:30 BST)

    At Beckenham, Kent have won the toss and decided to have a bat.

    In nine of the last 10 games the Spitfires have played, it has been won by the team batting first... Gloucestershire are unchanged from their win over Essex last time out.

    Kent: Bell-Drummond, Ball, Northeast (capt), Billings, Stevens, Cowdrey, Blake, Coles, Riley, Claydon, Haggett

    Gloucestershire: Klinger (capt), Marshall, Cockbain, Handscomb, Dent, Taylor, Jones, Howell, Smith, Fuller, Payne

  210. Team news

    Somerset v Hampshire (17:30 BST)

    Somerset - who have a promising up and comer by the name of Chris Gayle opening the batting - are unchanged from the XI who lost by three runs to Kent in their last outing. They'll be led out of course by Craig Kieswetter.

    Hampshire, who have won the toss and decided to bat first, have made one change, with West Indies star Fidel Edwards coming into the side in place of Jackson Bird.

    Somerset: Gayle, Trescothick, Trego, Allenby, Hildreth, Cooper, Gregory, Tanvir, Thomas (capt), Waller, Overton

    Hampshire: Carberry, Vince (capt), Adams, Shah, Ervine, Wheater, Smith, Wood, Arafat, Edwards, Briggs

  211. Week three recap...part two

    Dawid Malan

    At Hove, Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling's record opening stand for Middlesex of 187 helped them to 221-2 and a 42 run win over Sussex.

    Luke Wright hit 91 off 47 balls to give Sussex hope, before they lost five wickets for just four runs.

    Derbyshire's top-drawer opening pair of Hashim Amla and Tillakaratne Dilshan were the difference as they earned a comfortable five-wicket win over Lancashire.

    The international duo put on 93 as the Falcons comfortably chased down Lancashire's 127-9.

    Elsewhere Hampshire beat Glamorgan by 21 runs in a low scoring encounter at the Swalec Stadium, Worcestershire raced to a six-wicket win over Leicestershire and Birmingham Bears beat Northants by five wickets.

  212. Week three recap...part one

    Chris Gayle

    I promise this will be the last I mention of Chris Gayle...for about 10 minutes...but the big man was the star of the show in week three.

    The Jamaican smashed 92 off 59 balls on his Somerset debut to lead his side to a dramatic last-ball win against Essex on Friday, then followed it up with an even more sensational 151 not out albeit in a losing cause against Kent two days later.

    Kent lead the early South Group table following their win in Taunton and a 23-run victory over Surrey on Friday night.

    Four wickets for Keaton Jennings helped Durham to victory by seven runs as Yorkshire suffered their first T20 Blast setback of the season.

    However it wasn't such a happy tale for Paul Collingwood's men on Sunday as they fell to a 15 run defeat at Nottinghamshire.

  213. Northeast comes of age

    Sam Northeast

    As we enter the fourth week of the competition, who would your money have been on to be leading the run-scoring charts?

    Luke Wright, Jason Roy, Paul Stirling? The man at the top of the pile is actually Kent captain Sam Northeast.

    The 24-year-old who once scored 19 hundreds in a term as a schoolboy, has notched up 330 runs in five innings including 114 off just 58 balls in his side's remarkable three-run victory at Somerset on Sunday.

    Chris Gayle is behind him in the table with a mere 243 runs. Okay, the West Indian may have got them in just two innings and struck 21 sixes, but come on Chris time to up your game!

  214. Craig Kieswetter retires

    Craig Kieswetter

    Among all the excitement in the build-up to tonight's action, we've also had the sad news today that Somerset opener Craig Kieswetter has been forced to retire at the age of 27.

    Seen as one of the most explosive batsmen in T20 cricket, the England international was struck in the face by a ball which went through his helmet grille last summer.

    Following surgery on a broken nose and damaged eye socket, Kieswetter announced his retirement from the game this morning saying he feels 'mentally he will never again be the player he was.'

    He will lead the Somerset side out ahead of their T20 match against Hampshire this evening.

  215. England watch

    Jos Buttler

    The conclusion of England's short Test series against New Zealand means a number of counties welcome back their home-grown international players this evening.

    Jos Buttler and Joe Root could face off in the Roses match at Headingley, while the Vikings also welcome back Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance.

    Ben Stokes will be looking to continue his fine international form for Durham against Derbyshire.

    Stuart Broad has been given the green light to line up for Nottinghamshire against his former county Leicestershire.

    Worcestershire are also set to be boosted by the return of Moeen Ali who is likely to open the batting for the Rapids in their match at Northants.

    Finally Alastair Cook has been named in the Essex squad for their trip to the Oval, but we'll have to wait and see if he's involved in the action.

  216. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Who's looking forward to the Roses match then?

    Both sides are set to welcome back some of their England stars and there is also a clash of the Australian big-hitters between the Tykes' Glenn Maxwell and Lancashire's James Faulkner, fresh from his maiden century for the Red Rose county in the Championship.

    Which player do you feel will have the biggest impact on tonight's match?

    Get in touch using #bbccricket on Twitter or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  217. Tonight's action

    Nottinghamshire

    So, what else have we got to look forward to tonight?

    With the array of batting talent on show, perhaps there is no better place to start than at Taunton where Somerset take on Hampshire.

    While the hosts have the likes of Chris Gayle, Marcus Trescothick and Peter Trego, Hants certainly have men capable of hitting the ball into the River Tone themselves - cue Michael Carberry, James Vince and Sean Ervine.

    Elsewhere Nottinghamshire host Leicestershire - fresh from their first County Championship win since 2012, free-scoring Middlesex travel to Cardiff to play Glamorgan and Surrey take on the South Group's bottom side Essex at the Oval.

    Here's the full line-up:

    Kent v Gloucestershire - Beckenham - 17:30 BST

    Somerset v Hampshire - Taunton - 17:30 BST

    Glamorgan v Middlesex - Cardiff - 18:30 BST

    Northamptonshire v Worcestershire - Northampton - 18:30 BST

    Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire - Trent Bridge - 18:30 BST

    Surrey v Essex - The Oval - 18:30 BST

    Yorkshire v Lancashire - Headingley - 18:30 BST

    Derbyshire v Durham - Derby - 19:00 BST

  218. The Roses match...

    Yorkshire v Lancashire (18:30 BST)

    Richard Pyrah

    There will certainly be no love loss when Yorkshire face their old foes Lancashire at a sold-out Headingley this evening.

    Roses matches are never short of drama, and that was certainly the case in the match between the two sides at Old Trafford in last year's competition as The Tykes secured a last over win against their oldest rivals.

    Aaron Finch was the star of the show that night with 88 off 55 balls, but Yorkshire will have to make do without the injured Australian tonight.

    You may be wondering what happened in the return match at Headingley in 2014? I'll let the picture below tell you the rest.

    Tonight however, the weather is set fair in Leeds, and we're in for a cracker.

    Headingley
  219. Post update

    Well, it's been a quiet start to Chris Gayle's stint with Somerset in the T20 Blast hasn't it?

    Chris Gayle puling a pint

    The fun-loving Jamaican has not only served up a couple of mouth-watering innings, including an incredible 151 not out off just 62 balls against Kent on Sunday, he's even been for a few pints with the locals.

    Martin Bullock

    Gayle's spectacular century, his 15th in T20 cricket, contained 15 sixes the last of which was retrieved from Taunton's River Tone by fan Martin Bullock.

    Somerset are back in action against Hampshire - one of eight games this evening.

    It's also the Roses match as Yorkshire take on Lancashire at Headingley which we will be hearing more about shortly...

    So get your trunks at the ready because we're all set for another swimmingly good night of T20 Blast cricket!

    Sussex Crowd
  220. Post update

    Commentaries available on this page: (scroll through the live coverage tab to select your game)

    Live scorecards available here

    Yorkshire v Lancashire - BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC Radio Leeds and 5 live sports extra

    Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire - BBC Radio Nottingham and BBC Radio Leicester

    Somerset v Hampshire - BBC Radio Solent BBC Somerset/ Bristol

    Surrey v Essex - BBC Essex and BBC London 94.9

    Northamptonshire v Worcestershire - BBC Hereford and Worcester and BBC Radio Northampton

    Glamorgan v Middlesex - BBC Radio Wales and BBC London 94.9

    Derbyshire v Durham - BBC Radio Derby

    Kent v Gloucestershire - BBC Radio Kent