Glamorgan go clear, Lancashire hammer Worcestershire

Stephen Parry
Stephen Parry took record figures as Lancashire hammered Worcestershire
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Glamorgan beat Surrey in a top-of-the-table NatWest T20 Blast South Group clash while there were six other matches played tonight as teams continue to battle to reach the quarter-finals including a huge win for Lancashire over Worcestershire.

NatWest T20 Blast: North Group

Emirates Riverside: Durham 68-3 beat Yorkshire 134 by six runs (D/L)

With the King and Queen of Lesotho in attendance at the Emirates, Durham won the toss and chose to bowl first as Ben Stokes returned to action following injury for the home side.

Yorkshire were 77 for four after 10 overs and their century came up in the 13th over but Durham hit back to dismiss them for 134 with Chris Rushworth (3-14) leading the way with a career best.

Usman Arshad, Paul Coughlin, and Scott Borthwick also took two wickets apiece as Yorkshire lost their way after Alex Lees had hit 43 in 24 balls and Jack Leaning 48 in 36.

Durham then made it to 40 for three in their powerplay, which ended soon after Stokes was dismissed by Adam Lyth for five.

After 9.5 overs, Durham were 68 for three when play was interrupted by rain and with no improvement in the weather forthcoming, the match was abandoned and Durham declared the winners by six runs, a result that lifts them clear of bottom side Yorkshire.

Old Trafford: Lancashire 149-5 beat Worcestershire 53 by 96 runs

Worcestershire won the toss and invited Lancashire to bat as the home side brought in wicket-keeper Tom Moores, on-loan from Notts Outlaws, for his debut.

Lancashire raced to 69 for one in nine overs - hitting the first over of the match fror 17 - and with Alviro Petersen (68 not out in 54 balls) in good form reached 76 for two at the halfway stage of their innings. Worcestershire managed to slow them down in the seocnd half though, and they closed on 149 for five.

Worcestershire then limped to 22 for four in their powerplay as Nathan Buck removed their top three - Tom Kohler-Cadmore (0), Daryl Mitchell (5) and Joe Clarke (9) and Alexei Kervezee fell to Jordan Clark for four.

At halfway, they were 41 for five with Ross Whiteley (1) also falling cheaplyand there was to be no way back for them. After the early damage done by the quicks, Stephen Parry became the second Lancashire player to take five wickets in a T20 and his figures of five for 13 have never been bettered by anybody at the club.

Worcestershire were dismissed for just 53 in 13.5 overs and Brett D'Oliveira was the only player to reach double figures, with 16.

Grace Road: Birmingham Bears 126-2 beat Leicestershire 125-7 by eight wickets

Birmingham captain Ian Bell won the toss and asked Leicestershire to bat first. A rain shower caused a delay in Leicestershire's innings when they had slipped to 16 for three after five overs, recovering somewhat to 44 for four four after 10.

Umar Akmal's 31 and Tom Wells' 26 not out in 21 balls hauled Leicestershire up to a score of 125 for seven while for the Bears, Mark Adair impressed again with two for 18.

Birmingham reached 57 for one in the powerplay to put Leicestershire under pressure with the ball and closed out the game in 15.3 overs. Bell was unbeaten on 36 and Laurie Evans hammered 52 not out in 29 balls to lift the Bears to the top of the North Group table.

Derby: Notts Outlaws 120-3 beat Derbyshire 114 by seven wickets

Notts won the toss and chose to bowl in this East Midlands derby with Brendan Taylor back in their side in place of Alex Hales, who was busy smashing a century for England against Sri Lanka.

Derbyshire reached 67 got five at the halfway stage, getting there courtesy of a Jimmy Neesham six:

They would go on to be bowled out for 114 as Harry Gurney grabbed a career-best four for 20 while Chesney Hughes (23) and Neesham (26) top scored for the home side.

Notts then made a flying start only for play to be delayed for an unusual reason:

Once play got back underway, Notts continued from where they had left off and although Michael Lumb (12), Greg Smith (12) and Andre Russell (15) couldn't stay at the crease for long, Riki Wessels and Dan Christian sealed victory with some five and a half overs remaining.

Wessels struck 35 in 36 balls and Christian 38 in 24 balls including the winning hit - a maximum to help Notts close the gap on the teams above them in the table.

NatWest T20 Blast: South Group

Cardiff: Glamorgan 114-1 beat Surrey 110 by nine wickets

Surrey won the toss and chose to bat first in this battle between the top two in the table. They were 56 for five in the ninth over, however, making a bad start and were bowled out for 110 in 19.2 overs. All six Glamorgan bowlers used grabbed at least one wicket with Dale Steyn, Dean Cosker and Graham Wagg taking two apiece.

Glamorgan raced to 48 for one in six overs with experienced pair Colin Ingram and Jacques Rudolph at the crease and those two took them home after David Lloyd had fallen for a three-ball duck to Sam Curran.

Ingram struck 73 in 49 balls and Rudolph 40 in 43 to keep Glamorgan in complete control of the South Group.

Chelmsford: Essex 136-5 beat Hampshire 135-8 by five wickets

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Hampshire were 24-0 after four overs and 45 without loss after the powerplay.

Michael Carberry hit 34 in 26 balls but they couldn't maximise on their excellent start as Essex's bowlers produced a fine display in front of their home crowd.

Graham Napier picked up three for 31 and Ravi Bopara dismissed Liam Dawson (26) and Shahid Afridi (1) in the same over to stall Hampshire's charge.

Essex were 43 for one after the powerplay and 71 for three after 10 overs as they put together an excellent run chase, led by Ashar Zaidi, whose 52 in 32 balls almost saw them home before he fell in the 18th over.

Having done the majority of the hard work, Essex were not about to let this one slip and finished off the job to move off the bottom of the table - Hampshire replacing them.

Canterbury: Middlesex 210-6 beat Kent 170-7 by 40 runs

One day after beating Somerset in a nine-over affair, Middlesex looked to repeat the trick against Kent, winning the toss and batting first, although this time there was no threat of rain around.

Openers Dawid Malan and Brendon McCullum picked up where they left off at Lord's and Malan went on to register his second consecutive half-century as Middlesex posted 210 for six having been 114 for one at the halfway stage.

McCullum joined him in reaching a half-century as the pair put on 100 in 8.4 overs before Malan was out for 60. McCullum continued and finished 87 not out in 57 balls as Middlesex piled on the runs despite Darren Stevens taking four for 31.

Kent then made the worst possible start to their run chase when Tom Lathan was bowled by Toby Roland-Jones but thanks to Sam Northeast (41 in 28 balls) and Fabian Cowdrey (71 in 42) they kept themselves in the hunt before eventually the target proved too much for them.

Roland-Jones (3-21) struck twice more as Middlesex ended up wrapping up a comfortable enough win that saw them jump to second in the table.

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