T20 Blast quarter-finals confirmed after final round drama

Jason Roy hit a brilliant century for Surrey - but it wasn't quite enough to get them out of the group stage
Jason Roy hit a brilliant century for Surrey - but it wasn't quite enough to get them out of the group stage
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The line-up for the quarter-finals of the NatWest T20 Blast has been confirmed after the final round of group games provided plenty of drama this evening.

There were wins in the North Group for Durham, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire and victories in the South Group for Gloucestershire, Hampshire, and Surrey while the game between Essex and Glamorgan was a no result due to rain.

Notts Outlaws will host Essex Eagles, Northants Steelbacks are at home to Middlesex, Gloucestershire will welcome Durham Jets and Yorkshire Vikings head to Glamorgan in the quarter-finals.

North Group

NatWest T20 Blast North Group

Pos Team Pld Pts NRR
1 Notts Outlaws 14 20 +0.741
2 Northants Steelbacks 14 16 +0.265
3 Yorkshire Vikings 14 16 +0.223
4 Durham Jets
14 14 -0.050
5 Lancashire Lightning
14 13 +0.200
6 Birmingham Bears 14 13 -0.215
7 Derbyshire Falcons 14 12 +0.021
8 Worcestershire Rapids
14 12 -0.862
9 Leicestershire Foxes
14 10 -0.180

Trent Bridge: Notts Outlaws 146-2 beat Leicestershire Foxes 170-4 by eight wickets (D/L)

Mark Cosgrove led Leicestershire to a score of 170 for four while Farhaan Behardien made 46 not out in 26 balls before their innings was ended two overs short due to rain.

The Outlaws were then set 141 to win in 14 overs and then raced to 146 for two in just 10.3 overs to secure their place on top of the table. Michael Lumb cracked 69 not out in 26 balls and Daniel Christian 54 not out in 16 deliveries.

Northampton: Yorkshire Vikings 177-5 beat Northants Steelbacks 163-7 by 14 runs

Not many would have given Yorkshire much chance of reaching the quarter-finals when they sat at the bottom of the table a few weeks back but they completed their remarkable comeback by beating Northants Steelbacks - who had already qualified - by 14 runs.

Half-centuries from Alex Lees (59) and Jack Leaning (64) helped them post 177 for five before Northants closed on 163 for seven in reply, Alex Wakely top scoring with 64 before they fell short as Tim Bresnan took three for 15.

Old Trafford: Lancashire Lightning 124-5 beat Birmingham Bears 94-8 by 30 runs

An extraordinary game at Old Trafford saw Lancashire struggle to reach 124 for eight and run out winners by 30 runs as Birmingham's quarter-final chances fell away.

Spin was the key as Lancashire slipped to 59 for five only to recover somewhat to put some sort of score on the board as Tom Moores struck 39 not out in 32 balls and Jordan Clark 31 in 18.

Josh Poysden took two wickets to lead the way for the Bears but he was then upstaged by Lancashire's Saqib Mahmood (3-12) and Aaron Lilley (2-21) as the visitors failed to cross the 100-run mark in reply.

Emirates Riverside: Durham Jets 192-3 beat Derbyshire Falcons 180-9 by 12 runs

Both of these sides needed to win and have other results go in their favour and in the end it was Durham who did their bit and it proved enough to go through.

Their victory was centred around a club record 141-run partnership between Mark Stoneman (82 not out) and Calum MacLeod (83 not out) that helped them post 192 for three.

In reply, Derbyshire lost Hamish Rutherford (1) and Chesney Hughes (9) cheaply but thanks to Wes Durston's 26-ball 44 and Neil Broom's 43-ball 68 kept themselves in the fight but eventually they lost too many wickets - Scott Borthwick taking three of them - to keep up with the asking rate and closed on 180 for nine.

South Group

NatWest T20 Blast South Group

Pos Team Pld Pts NRR
1 Gloucestershire 14 21 +0.518
2 Glamorgan 14 19 +1.005
3 Middlesex 14 15 +0.395
4 Essex Eagles 14 15 +0.174
5 Surrey 14 14 +0.153
6 Sussex Sharks 14 13 -0.053
7 Kent Spitfires
14 12 -0.643
8 Hampshire 14 10 -0.691
9 Somerset 14 7 -0.660

The Oval: Surrey 212-4 beat Kent Spitfires 175-7 by 37 runs

Jason Roy hammered 120 in 62 balls and Aaron Finch 79 in 51 as the opening pair put on 187 together to help Surrey amass 212 for four.

Kent were always up against it in reply but gave it everything before falling short, Sam Northeast hitting 59 in 44 balls before they closed well short, on 175 for seven.

But despite Surrey's efforts, they missed out on the quarter-finals by one point.

Chelmsford: Glamorgan 184-5 v Essex Eagles - no result

The point Essex gained from just 20 overs of this match being possible was enough to nudge them ahead of Surrey and into the last eight - although even a narrow defeat would have probably still seen them get through.

Colin Ingram's 101 in 56 balls was the obvious highlight of the match - and arguably the evening as a whole - as he struck six fours and seven sixes in his maiden T20 century.

That helped Glamorgan post an excellent 184 for five before rain arrived to prevent any further play.

Bristol: Gloucestershire 162-6 beat Middlesex 156-5 by four wickets

Both of these sides had already qualified before this game but Gloucestershire guaranteed themselves top spot with a four-wicket win.

John Simpson's late charge of 40 not out in 32 balls helped Middlesex post 156 for five, a score which it took Gloucestershire 19.3 overs to get past.

Ian Cockbain hit 42 before Jack Taylor's 44 not out in 23 balls clinched the game for them.

The line-up for the quarter-finals of the NatWest T20 Blast has been confirmed after the final round of group games provided plenty of drama this evening.

Ageas Bowl, Southampton: Hampshire 181-3 beat Somerset 98 by 83 runs

No fewer than five players - Hampshire's Jake Goodwin and Somerset's Tom Abell, Ben Green, Dominic Bess and Oliver Sale - made their T20 debuts in a match between two sides whose chances of making the quarter-finals disappeared some time ago.

Goodwin hit 32 as his opening partner Tom Alsop cracked 85 in 57 balls to steer the home side to 181 for three, Bess marking his debut with one wicket.

Somerset were then dismissed for just 98 - and 40 of those runs came from Jim Allenby - to go down to a heavy defeat. Green, not out on 12, was the only other player to reach double figures as Liam Dawson took five for 12 - his maiden T20 five-wicket haul.

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