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Live Reporting

By Tom Garry and James Law

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight from us

    And that just about concludes our coverage of tonight's T20 Blast action.

    Probably the most thrilling night of the competition so far - and what a time to produce it.

    We'll be back with live text coverage of all four quarter-finals in a couple of weeks, so we'll see you then!

  2. The T20 Blast quarter-final line-up

    T20 Blast

    The quarter-final line-up is complete, then, and there's some tasty-looking ties to get stuck into here.

    All fixtures will be played during the week commencing Monday, 8 August - with one quarter-final per night...

    • Nottinghamshire v Essex
    • Northants v Middlesex
    • Gloucestershire v Durham
    • Glamorgan v Yorkshire
  3. RECAP: Christian and Lumb send powerful Notts warning

    Nottinghamshire beat Leicestershire by eight wickets (D/L)

    North Group winners Nottinghamshire sent out a big warning to their quarter-final rivals with two of the fastest T20 half-centuries in history as they won a rain-hit match against Leicestershire.

    Daniel Christian hit the joint 11th-fastest 50 in T20 matches, from just 16 balls, alongside Michael Lumb, who took 17 balls to reach the same milestone. Two absolutely outstanding knocks!

    Defeat left Leicestershire bottom of the group and probably feeling as damp as the weather had been at a soggy Trent Bridge.

  4. RECAP: Stoneman & MacLeod send Durham through

    Durham beat Derbyshire by 13 runs

    Durham qualified for the quarter-finals thanks to a combination of Birmingham's loss at Old Trafford and big scores from Mark Stoneman (82 no) and Calum MacLeod (83) at Chester-le-Street.

    Neil Broom hit 68 for Derbyshire in reply but the visitors were made to pay for only having taken two Durham wickets, as Stoneman and MacLeod had helped the hosts post an impressive 193-2.

    That simply left Derbyshire with too much to do in the run chase and the hosts celebrated securing fourth spot in the North Group.

  5. RECAP: Roy destroys Kent but victory in vain

    Sussex beat Kent by 37 runs

    Jason Roy

    It was quite simply a majestic performance by England international Jason, who struck a match-winning 120 from 82 balls, including a mouth-watering 15 fours and three sixes.

    His partner in crime Aaron Finch (79) also contributed heavily as Sussex set a target of 212 which was never really troubled.

    Both teams needed to win and hope for an Essex defeat for a chance of qualifying, though rain at Chelmsford gave Essex the point they needed to deny both sides a last eight spot.

  6. RECAP: Rain means Essex qualify without batting

    Essex v Glamorgan abandoned because of rain

    Essex held all the trump cards as they started the night in the fourth and final qualification spot, and did what they needed to do by avoiding defeat against Glamorgan.

    At the midway point their situation looked unstable, as a Colin Ingram century fired the Welsh side to an impressive total of 184-5 from their 20 overs.

    However, rain came to Essex's rescue and they never had to even attempt chasing down the score, getting the point required to secure a quarter-final berth.

  7. RECAP: Birmingham let quarter-finals slip away

    Lancashire beat Birmingham by 30 runs

    Lancashire restricted Birmingham Bears to just 94-8 in reply to 124-5 to knock the Bears out of the T20 Blast.

    Josh Poysden (2-21) had helped Birmingham limit Lancashire's total to a seemingly-reachable target.

    But Saqib Mahmood (3-12) saw the Bears struggle in their run chase, as Durham took fourth spot in the North Group instead.

  8. RECAP: Gloucestershire top group with third win on bounce

    Gloucestershire beat Middlesex by four wickets


    A victory which once again backs up Gloucestershire's dominant T20 Blast campaign so far.

    Benny Howell took 3-18 as they restricted fellow qualifiers Middlesex to 156-5 in Bristol, and though there were no headline knocks in reply, Ian Cockbain (42) and Jack Taylor (44) led Gloucestershire to the win with three balls to spare.

    It means they won 10 of their 14 group games, more than any side in the competition.

  9. RECAP: Yorkshire safely through

    Yorkshire beat Northants by 14 runs

    Yorkshire held off already-qualified Northants to secure their own spot in the last eight.

    Northants had looked on course to win and potentially knock Yorkshire out, at 131-4 in the 15th over, but the visitors regained control of the match - initially earned through half centuries from Alex Lees and Jack Leaning.

    However, Northants passed 160, which was enough to clinch second spot in the North Group and, with it, a home quarter-final.

  10. RECAP: Alsop and Dawson too hot for Somerset

    Hampshire beat Somerset by 83 runs

    An unpleasant end to an unpleasant campaign for Somerset.

    In the battle of the South Group's bottom two, Tom Alsop's 57-ball 85 helped Hampshire post a hefty-looking 181-3 at Southampton.

    And too hefty it proved to be, as Liam Dawson's hugely impressive 5-17 skittled Somerset for just 98 to inflict upon them an 83-run defeat.

    Tom Alsop
  11. Here's what you might've missed...

    After all that last-minute excitement, shall we pause for breath and run through tonight's other group matches?

    That sounds a good idea to me...

  12. More stats from Trent Bridge...

    Nottinghamshire beat Leicestershire by eight wickets (D/L)

    Daniel Christian (54 from 16 balls) and Michael Lumb (69 from 26 balls) were together at the crease for 24 deliveries and struck 66 runs. The last 15 balls they faced went for 46!

    And, as I just mentioned, both have gone straight into the top 20 quickest Twenty20 half-centuries ever.


    Nottinghamshire 146-2 (10.3/14 overs) v Leicestershire 170-4 (18/18 overs)

    And our final match of the evening, and indeed of the group stage, is over!

    And what a way to sign off - Daniel Christian and Michael Lumb, you shall take a bow. 

    Christian's stats: Six sixes, four fours, 16 balls... and the joint 11th-fastest half-century in T20 history.

    Lumb's stats: Four sixes, nine fours, 17 balls... and the joint 16th-fastest half-century in T20 history.

  14. Who plays who in the last four?

    We'll bring you a few more details on the draw once we're done and dusted at Trent Bridge and have recapped tonight's events up and down the country, but to give you a taster...

  15. Back under way at Trent Bridge

    Nottinghamshire 134-2 v Leicestershire 170-4 (9.3 overs)

    Play has resumed after rain at Trent Bridge, in the only match still playing tonight.

    Michael Lumb's 68 from 25 balls has been mightily impressive for the hosts.

  16. And from the South Group...


    Kent 175-7 (20 overs) v Surrey 212-4 (20 overs)

    Kent didn't disgrace themselves by any means, but Surrey had two top-drawer openers in centurion Jason Roy and Aaron Finch.

    After putting on such a show Surrey deserved at least a chance of going through, but unfortunately rain in Essex prevented that from becoming a possibility, meaning both teams are out of the competition.

  18. From the North Group...

  19. Rain coming down again

    Nottinghamshire 95-2 v Leicestershire 170-4 (7.4 overs)

    Rain is delaying play once again at Trent Bridge. The hosts have won the North Group though, regardless of the result.

  20. The T20 Blast quarter-finalists

    In amongst all the mayhem, a quick round-up of who has made it through to the last four...

    North Group: Nottinghamshire, Northants, Yorkshire and Durham.

    South Group: Gloucestershire, Glamorgan, Middlesex, Essex.