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Gloucestershire win well as rain hits elsewhere

Tonight's match at Old Trafford was abandoned due to rain
Tonight's match at Old Trafford was abandoned due to rain
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Gloucestershire beat Essex by eight wickets to move into fourth place in the South Group in the only NatWest T20 Blast game played this evening that survived the weather.

NatWest T20 Blast: North Group

Lancashire v Northamptonshire - match abandoned

A thunderstorm left the Old Trafford outfield soaked, and in the words of Lancashire's Twitter account, "flooded", meaning an early decision was taken for this match to be abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Fans were denied the chance to watch a repeat of last year's final, which Lancashire memorably won, and the points were shared, which puts Northamptonshire just one point behind leaders Worcestershire and leaves Lancashire in fifth, two further points behind.

NatWest T20 Blast: South Group

Gloucestershire 154-2 beat Essex 153-8 by eight wickets

Hamish Marshall and Michael Klinger shared a match-winning partnership as Gloucestershire beat Essex by three wickets to take their first ever T20 win in Chelmsford.

After losing the toss, Essex posted a score of 153 for eight. They made the worst possible start when Jesse Ryder was bowled by Matt Taylor from the first ball of the game but built their innings solidly after Kishen Velani (16) also fell cheaply.

Tom Westley made 45 in 36 balls and Ravi Bopara 28 in 24 and after passing the 100-run mark in the 14th over, they were able to accelerate in the closing stages thanks to 17 in 10 balls from Ashar Zaidi and Wahab Riaz's 14 not out in eight balls.

Benny Howell returned two for 15 to be the pick of the bowlers while Chris Dent produced a brilliant throw to run out Ryan ten Doeschate for two.

Gloucestershire openers Michael Klinger and Hamish Marshall then tore into the Essex bowlers and ended up all but winning the game for the side in partnership.

They raced to 47 without loss in the first five overs and by the halfway stage of their allotted 20 overs, they were 94 without loss as a combination of spectacular batting and some poor Essex fielding helped the away side take control.

They had put on 126 in 13.3 overs when Marshall was bowled by Matthew Quinn for 42 in 35 balls. Klinger fell soon after, caught by James Foster off Wahab for 78 in 49 balls, an innings that included seven fours and four sixes.

Ian Cockbain (15 not out) and Chris Dent (10 not out) then guided Gloucestershire home in 16.5 overs.

Middlesex v Sussex - match abandoned

Bad weather at Lord's delayed the start as Sussex looked to build on a good record in this fixture.

Middlesex won the toss and were to bat first but unfortunately persistent rain put paid to their chances of getting any sort of game in.

The closest we have to any sort of action is Middlesex players warming up by trying to hit balls over the Lord's pavilion in the video below.

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