Glamorgan, Middlesex reach T20 Blast quarters, Notts secure home berth
Glamorgan and Middlesex booked their places in the quarter-finals of the NatWest T20 Blast while Notts Outlaws secured a home quarter-final in tonight's action which also saw wins for Derbyshire, Essex, Lancashire, Surrey, and Yorkshire.
NatWest T20 Blast North Group
NatWest T20 Blast North Group
Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street: Lancashire Lightning 176-3 beat Durham Jets 172-5 by four runs
Alviro Petersen struck 42 and Karl Brown 41 before Liam Livingstone cracked 43 not out in 24 balls to guide Lancashire to 176 for three after they were invited to bat first. He and Steven Croft (24 not out) put on 71 in 6.4 overs.
Calum McLeod hit 45 in 31 balls to help Durham reach 67 for two at the halfway stage but three wickets in four balls from Saqib Mahmood (3-31) looked to have completely derailed the chase. Durham kept fighting and were still just about in it at the end thanks to Paul Coughlin (26 not out in 13 balls) and Keaton Jennings (21 not out in 13) but needing six to win from the final ball proved just beyond them.
Edgbaston: Notts Outlaws 173-4 beat Birmingham Bears 172-2 by six wickets
Notts Outlaws started strongly and limited the Bears to just 39 in the powerplay but a 42-ball half-century from Ian Bell and a 37-ball half-century from William Porterfield helped the home side accelerate and finish on 172 for two.
Bell made 80 in 55 balls with three fours and five sixes while Porterfield was unbeaten on 61 in 44 deliveries.
Michael Lumb became the seventh player to hit 1,000 T20 runs for Notts as he and Riki Wessels put on 74 for the first wicket with 34 and 37 respectively.
Greg Smith then took over and carried Notts home with 52 not out in 31 balls, ably assisted by Dan Christian (37) as Notts secured a home quarter-final with this result.
Derby: Derbyshire Falcons 192-5 beat Worcestershire Rapids 163 by 29 runs
Hamish Rutherford led the way for Derbyshire with a 29-ball half-century and the New Zealander hit 64 in 38 deliveries with four fours and four sixes.
Wayne Madsen needed treatment for a blow to the helmet but recovered to post a 30-ball half-century and he finished on 50 not out. Chesney Hughes (27) and Jimmy Neesham (22) also made useful contributions.
Worcestershire were always up against it and they were bowled out for 163 having never looked like getting close to Derbyshire's score thanks to losing early wickets. Matthew Critchley took two in two balls on his way to figures of three for 36 while Ben Cotton and Shiv Thakor took two apiece.
Headingley: Yorkshire Vikings 215-6 beat Northants Steelbacks 140ao by 75 runs
Yorkshire posted a new club record score against the Steelbacks which owed plenty to David Willey's 74 in 46 balls. He got the innings off to a flyer before Alex Lees (35), Jack Leaning (30), and Travis Head (22) added quickfire runs but the finishing touches were added by Tim Bresnan, who hammered 26 in just nine balls with three sixes.
Little went right for Northants who also saw Richard Levi leave the field with a shoulder injury sustained while fielding and he was unable to bat as a result.
He would have needed to produce some innings to prevent a heavy defeat, however, as Northants were bowled out for 140 - Liam Plunkett, Azeem Rafiq and Adil Rashid all taking two wickets - to be beaten by 75 runs.
Ben Duckett smacked a 21-ball half-century but once he was stumped in the ninth over, that was about as good as it got for the visitors. Steven Crook was dropped but eventually fell for 43 and nobody else passed 17 for the Steelbacks, who despite this loss, are guaranteed a quarter-final place.
NatWest T20 Blast South Group
NatWest T20 Blast South Group
The Kia Oval: Surrey 154-4 beat Sussex Sharks 153-6 by six wickets
Sussex were 70 for two at the halfway stage of their innings and Surrey did a good job of slowing them down until they finished on 153 for six. Jade Dernbach (2-25) took two wickets in two balls while Chris Morris also took a brace as Craig Cachopa top scored with 45 in 34 balls.
Jason Roy got the Surrey run chase off to a flyer, hitting early boundaries and then smacking Chris Jordan over his head for a six in a quickfire 36.
That set Surrey on their way to victory and Dom Sibley struck 40 in 31 balls before Ben Foakes (22 not out) and Chris Morris (20 not out) finished things off in 18.2 overs.
SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff: Glamorgan 156-3 beat Somerset 152ao by seven wickets
Somerset recalled James Hildreth for this match and he top scored with 39 in 28 balls as they were bowled out for 152 in 19.3 overs. Colin Ingram took three for 20 as pacers Graham Wagg and Shaun Tait grabbed a brace each.
Ingram (54) then hit his fourth T20 half-century of the season and Aneurin Donald struck 44 not out in 29 balls to put Glamorgan into the quarter-finals with two overs to spare.
Canterbury: Essex Eagles 190-2 beat Kent Spitfires 157ao by 33 runs
Essex hit 60 for one in their powerplay but after openers Daniel Lawrence (27) and Nick Browne (19) fell, Tom Westley and Ravi Bopara added an unbroken partnership of 119 for the second wicket to help Essex close on 190 for two.
Both men struck eight fours while Bopara also cracked a six on his way to 51 in 35 balls as Westley made 74 in 49.
In reply, Kent struggled to build partnerships and Essex were able to take wickets to slow their progress until they were bowled out for 157 in 19.2 overs.
Graham Napier took three for 29, David Masters two for 29 and Ryan ten Doeschate two for 23.
The Ageas Bowl, Southampton: Middlesex 181-6 beat Hampshire 138ao by 43 runs
Middlesex pair George Bailey and John Simpson were in the runs again, the former hitting a 38-ball half-century and the latter taking 32 balls to get there. Bailey finished not out on 66 in 45 balls and Simpson made 54 in 34 as they overcame a poor start - slipping to 40 for three - to post 181 for six.
Wickets from Ryan Higgins (5-13) and James Fuller (3-24) contributed to Hampshire making a poor start and they never recovered from being 21 for two after five overs and 67 for three after 10.
In the end they were bowled out for 138 in 19.1 overs as Steven Finn took two wickets.
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