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Vitality Blast T20 match results and reactions from today’s matches – 30th August

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) hits a match winning 29 ball 83* (inc 5x4s and 8x6s)

All the Vitality Blast T20 match results and reactions from today’s matches…

Middlesex completed a world-record run chase to snatch a Vitality Blast quarter-final place away from Somerset with a six-wicket win on Friday night.

On a night of high drama Eoin Morgan finished a stunning pursuit of Somerset’s 226 for five, with England’s World Cup-winning captain unbeaten on 83 from just 29 balls to remarkably get his side home with three overs to spare.

Tom Abell’s maiden Twenty20 century, from 46 balls, had left the Cooper Associates County Ground rocking and Middlesex needing to complete a record run chase in domestic Twenty20 cricket anywhere in the world.

The task was immediately made to look less daunting when opening pair Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling added 67 from the first 22 balls before AB de Villiers maintained the momentum with 32 from 16 balls, before falling victim to a stunning one-handed Max Waller catch in the deep.

But Morgan continued his golden summer, blasting eight sixes and sharing an unbroken 99-run stand from 40 balls with George Scott, to book a quarter-final at Notts Outlaws next week.

Essex Eagles also claimed an unlikely last-eight place, at the expense of Kent Spitfires, with an 11-run win at the Cloudfm County Ground in Chelmsford.

The Eagles began the night as the least likely of the five South Group teams still hoping to secure their progress but Hampshire’s 28-run defeat at the previously winless Glamorgan opened the door.

Cameron Delport’s 64 from 29 deliveries helped ensure the Eagles stepped through it as they posted 189 for six before Jamie Porter’s three for 28 saw Kent bowled out for 179, and confirm Essex will travel to Durham to meet North Group winners Lancashire Lightning in the knockout stage.

Glamorgan posted their highest-ever Twenty20 total at Sophia Gardens as they crashed 13 sixes in their 216 for five before restricting Hampshire to 188 for eight.

Gloucestershire booked a home quarter-final against Derbyshire Falcons in spectacular style as Graham van Buuren hit the final delivery for six to defeat South Group winners Sussex Sharks by three wickets.

Sussex will host defending champions Worcestershire Rapids in the last-eight after they slipped to a seven-wicket defeat to Northamptonshire Steelbacks.

Half-centuries from Josh Cobb, Adam Rossington and Dwaine Pretorius guided the Steelbacks to victory after Moeen Ali hit 51 from 31 balls.

The Rapids’ defeat meant Notts Outlaws secured a home quarter-final despite a 47-run defeat to Durham at Trent Bridge.

Nathan Rimmington claimed three for 15 to skittle the hosts for 124 after opener Scott Steel top-scored for Durham with 45.

Lancashire warmed up for the knockout stages with a routine five-wicket win over Leicestershire Foxes while Yorkshire Vikings ended their campaign by defeating Birmingham Bears by 19 runs at Edgbaston. Captain Tom Kohler-Cadmore hit 94 from 63 balls in the Vikings’ 200 for three.


Northamptonshire vs Worcestershire, North Ground, Northampton 6:30 PM

Josh Cobb, Adam Rossington and Dwaine Pretorius powered Northamptonshire to a consolation victory at Wantage Road to deny Worcestershire a home quarter-final in the Vitality Blast. Northants chased 189 to win by seven wickets with seven balls to spare.

Cobb’s 62 in 32 balls, Rossington’s 54 from 30 and an unbeaten 50 in 36 deliveries from Pretorius saw Northants end another disappointing campaign with victory. It forced Worcestershire into an away tie at Sussex in the last eight when a win would have been good enough to secure the match at New Road courtesy of Nottinghamshire’s heavy defeat to Durham.

The Northants batting has struggled this tournament but they enjoyed themselves on a true wicket with Cobb playing a fine captain's innings. The required rate had climbed to 10.7 at the half-way point but Cobb responded with four sixes in an over from Ed Barnard, the best of them a slog-sweep that sailed out of the ground.

Rossington’s early striking was just as impressive. He advanced at Dillion Pennington to heave six over square leg before dancing down next ball to swing another maximum over long-on. A third six was sent flat over extra-cover in the fourth over before Rossington flat-batted four more through the off side and pulled Moeen to the fence as Northants made 65 in the Powerplay for the loss of Richard Levi, stumped to Moeen’s first ball for 16.

But after the first six overs, Rossington lifted Barnard into the hands of long-on and four overs went for only 16 runs. Cobb’s onslaught then revived the hosts. 

Pretorius completed the chase. He struggled to 8 from 19 balls before picking up the task when 40 were needed from 30 balls. He pulled Daryl Mitchell for a flat six over square leg, repeated the trick against Pat Brown before delicately late cutting Brown for four over short-third man in the 19th over as Northants coasted home.

Worcestershire’s 188 for 5 was built around brisk innings from Moeen, Riki Wessels and Ben Cox after Hamish Rutherford holed out to deep midwicket for 19 in the third over.

Moeen bided his time before pulling Blessing Muzarbani almost for six over midwicket and flicking Pretorius for another boundary past short-fine leg. He skipped down to lift Graeme White’s first ball over extra-cover for four more before finding his six-hitting range.

His first was a pull off Nathan Buck that went flat over deep square. A second strike against Buck carried long-on before he took took White for consecutive sixes into the Ken Turner Stand - the second a colossal hit that landed on the roof - as he passed fifty in 28 balls before clipping Pretorius to deep midwicket.

Wessels struck his first boundary with forearm jab against Buck before cutting Pretorius for four. Consecutive sixes, picked up over the leg side, off Faheem Ashraf left Worcestershire 119 for 2 after 12 overs. But like Moeen, Wessels holed out to deep midwicket when well set and when Ross Whiteley swept and missed at Rob Keogh to be bowled for just two, the visitors were 135 for 4 in the 15th.

Ben Cox swept two boundaries off White and drove and cut Muzarabani for fours either side of a leg side heave over square leg for six. Barnard then hammered two straight fours from Buck in the penultimate over but Ashraf nailed his yorkers to only concede five from the final set.


Somerset v Middlesex, South Group Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton 6:30 PM

Eoin Morgan led from the front as Middlesex produced the biggest successful run-chase in Vitality Blast history to clinch a six-wicket victory over Somerset in an extraordinary game at Taunton.

The hosts posted a massive 226 for five on a hybrid pitch after winning the toss, captain Tom Abell contributing a magnificent 101 not out, with 13 fours and 3 sixes. Tom Banton smashed 62 off 39 balls and Eddie Byrom 44 from just 20.

But a star-studded Middlesex batting line-up made light of their task, reaching 227 for four with an incredible three overs to spare, skipper Morgan smiting 83 not out off only 29 deliveries, while Dawid Malan blasted a rapid 41 and AB de Villiers 32.

There was little sign of the carnage ahead when Somerset lost Babar Azam for a first ball duck to the fourth delivery of the match from Toby Roland-Jones.

But by the time James Hildreth was run out for 18 in the sixth over, Banton was in full cry and Somerset ended the six-over power-play on 51 for two.

Middlesex paid for giving Abell and Banton lives. Nathan Sowter fumbled the ball at the bowlers’ end with Abell well out of his ground in the eighth over, while Tom Helm dropped a skyer from Banton off Steve Finn with the batsman’s total on 49.

Banton fell to Mohammad Hafeez in the 12th over, having hit 7 fours and 3 sixes. The previous one from Finn had seen Abell accelerate with 4,6,4,4 as he swept moved towards his best T20 score.

Byrom hit 4 sixes in his brilliant cameo and when Abell reached his ton off the penultimate ball of the innings a packed crowd at the Cooper Associates County Ground rose to acclaim one of the finest T20 hundreds they could ever hope to see.

Soon Malan was showing his liking for the hybrid pitch, taking 3 fours and a six off the second over bowled by Jerome Taylor. It cost 21 and when Stirling and Malan plundered 23 off the next over from Tom Lammonby, Middlesex had raced to 54 at only the halfway point of the powerplay.

Malan tried one big shot too many to be caught at long-on off Tim Groenewald. But by then the visitors were 67 for one off 3.5 overs and although Stirling fell to the next ball for 25, de Villiers and the rest of the Middlesex batsmen had a great start to build on.

The South African walked out to strike his first two balls, from Roelof van der Merwe, for four and six as the run feast continued. By the end of the power-play, the scoreboard read 94 for two, a Middlesex record, de Villiers narrowly avoiding being run out by Lammonby off the last ball.

Hafeez cleverly run out by van der Merwe, backing up as de Villiers drove straight back to the bowler. And a bigger moment seemed to come in the 11th over when Max Waller held a stunning one-handed catch at full-stretch at deep mid-wicket off Lammonby to send back de Villiers.

But now Morgan took up the cudgels, striking three consecutive sixes off Lammonby, the second when Babar stood on the rope taking a catch. It left his team needing 63 from seven overs.

Morgan made sure it was over a lot quicker than that, striking the ball superbly to clear the ropes eight times in his memorable knock.

THE TURNING POINT: Three sixes off consecutive balls by Eoin Morgan off Tom Lammonby in the 13th over of the Middlesex reply, which cost 24 runs, and made up for the loss of AB de Villiers.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Tom Banton’s six over deep backward square off Tom Helm in the fourth over of Somerset’s innings. A short back-lift and immensely strong bottom hand made it look effortless.

UNSUNG HERO: Toby Roland-Jones … Two for 32 from his four overs on a night to forget for every other bowler on both sides in a match that produced 24 sixes and 45 fours.

After hearing his side had qualified for the Blast quarter-finals by winning, Middlesex captain Dawid Malan said: “At the halfway stage I was a bit frustrated with the way we had bowled and fielded. I thought we made some silly mistakes.

“But coming to Taunton, batsmen always know it’s a wonderful ground to bat on and if you can get off to a flier you are always in the game.

“If you get the ball in the air here it tends to go for six and if you beat the fielders it’s four. There was not one person in our dressing room who did not feel we could chase down the target.

“We saw why Eoin Morgan has won a World Cup and is the best captain England have had. In the big moments, he stands up. It was fantastic striking from a bloke who is struggling a bit with his back.

“I didn’t realise we had definitely qualified for the quarter-finals at the end. AB de Villiers is available for the quarter-finals and Finals Day if we get there.

“Now we go to Trent Bridge to face Notts and will look forward to that.”

Somerset skipper Tom Abell said: “We were happy at halfway. Regardless of where you are playing if you score getting on for 230 you have a great chance.

“Equally, we were aware that Middlesex are stacked with top players in their batting order. We didn’t get it quite right with the ball and they played fantastically well.

“I’m as surprised as anyone to score a hundred in a T20 game because it hasn’t really been my thing. It was nice to get there, but ultimately the better side won.

“We had plans with the ball, which we tried to stick to. The margins are so fine in T20 cricket and tonight we fell short.”

Essex v Kent, South Group County Ground, Chelmsford 6:30 PM

Essex Eagles 189/6 beat Kent Spitfires 179 by 10 runs

Cameron Delport’s cavalier 64 set Essex Eagles up to beat Kent Spitfires by 10 runs and qualify for the Vitality Blast quarter-finals.

The Eagles had appeared like they were crashing out of the Blast but three wins in their last four fixtures, with seven unbeaten saw them sneak through on net run-rate.

On the flip side, Kent had won their six of their first seven matches before a horrid run-in where they failed to win any of their last seven fixtures to be eliminated.

Zak Crawley had seemingly put Kent in control of the chase of 190 with his exemplarity 89 from 55 balls, thrashing his previous T20 best of 59.

But he departed with 40 still needed from four over and the last seven wickets fell in an almost procession-like fashion as Porter defended 16 from the final over.

Essex’s 189, having won the toss and decided to bat, was underpinned by a half-century from Delport and Ravi Bopara’s unbeaten 47.

Having seen five dot balls in his first six deliveries faced, Crawley got the Spitfires’ chase off to a strong start – with back-to-back boundaries off Porter followed-up with a huge six off Adam Zampa.

He lost Daniel Bell-Drummond, caught at mid-wicket, but powered his way to his second fifty of the tournament, from 28 balls.

Faf du Plessis joined Crawley and dispatched Porter and Simon Harmer for sixes during a 63-run stand, before he was caught low down at mid-wicket and Sam Billings skied to cow corner.

Crawley’s swashbuckling was ended on a personal T20 high of 88 when he picked out Harmer at long-off.

With 28 still needed from 16 balls Heino Kuhn was bowled by Bopara, before Ollie Robinson holed out three balls later and Mohammad Amir yorked Blake and Qayyum in successive deliveries.

Porter cleaned up the game with two wickets in his final over heroics to see Essex through.

Delport started with a flurry as he used his levers to power a six down the ground, before following it up with a cut four off Alex Blake’s first over.

But while the South African found boundaries at will, wickets fluttered at the other end – with Tom Westley and Adam Wheater falling in the Powerplay.

Delport received a life when he was put down on 22, but further sixes – off his legs, down the ground, on the sweep and over long on – helped him pass fifty for the third time in the Blast.

But he and Ryan ten Doeschate both fell to part-time medium pace bowler Daniel Bell-Drummond to leave the Eagles 112 for five, and with fears being bowled out.

However, Bopara, who was spilled on 35, continued where he left off against Surrey the previous evening, where he smashed 70 not out, with three fours and a pair of sixes, the last of which rounded off the innings.

Bopara has now scored 116 over two innings without being dismissed, with Paul Walter and Harmer playing useful cameos at the other end.

THE TURNING POINT: Zak Crawley had played a masterful hand to reach 89 but his rare mishit straight down the ground stunted Kent. They lost their seven wickets for 29 runs afterwards.

BALL OF THE MATCH: Mohammad Amir’s yorker to dismiss Alex Blake was inch perfect, and exactly what you expect from your overseas. It was also the perfect comeback after Hardus Viljoen had struck two fours in the over.

UNSUNG HERO: On a run-heavy night Ravi Bopara’s four overs only going for 27 was impressive, with the two quick-fire, and well-timed, wickets integral to Essex’s victory.

WHAT’S NEXT: Essex will face Lancashire at Chester-le-Street in the Vitality Blast quarter-final on Wednesday. Kent are eliminated from the Blast and will tackle Hampshire at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on September 23.

Sussex v Gloucestershire, South Group County Ground, Hove 6:30 PM

Graeme van Buuren hit the final ball of the match for six as Gloucestershire squeezed past Sussex by three wickets to secure a home tie in the quarter-finals of the Vitality Blast.

His side needed six off the final over but were restricted to four runs off the first five balls by Reece Topley, but van Buuren smashed the last delivery over the longest boundary on the ground at deep mid-wicket to finish unbeaten on 37 from 20 balls.

Gloucestershire looked to have a chase of 164 under control when captain Michael Klinger, fresh from Thursday’s unbeaten hundred against Kent, was helping take his side to 103 for 2 in the 13th over. But Klinger (48) was caught behind off left-arm spinner Delray Rawlins and in his next over Rawlins, who had earlier top scored with 69 in Sussex’s 163 for 8, bowled Ryan Higgins for a duck.

With Will Beer picking up Jack Taylor for a single, Gloucestershire were 115 for 5 and needed 48 off the last five overs. Ian Cockbain got them closer with 37 off 25 balls before he was caught at long-on in the 18th over.

Gloucestershire took 12 off the penultimate over from Chris Jordan but Topley appeared to have given Sussex a chance until van Buuren swung with mighty effect off the last ball. It was Sussex’s second successive defeat at Hove, but they had already secured home advantage in next week’s quarter-finals.

Sussex had earlier made 163 for 8 after being put in, a slightly disappointing outcome after they had reached 111 for 2 in the 12th over thanks to a stand of 108 from 60 balls between Luke Wright and Rawlins.

They came together in the second over after the hosts had lost Phil Salt (1) and Laurie Evans (1), who was run out by Miles Hammond’s direct hit from backward point after hesitating slightly in backing up Wright’s call for a single.

Left-hander Rawlins had a reprieve when Tom Smith dropped a straightforward chance at point off van Buuren when he had scored just a single. He made the most of his fortune, using his strong wrists to whip the ball into the gaps and matching his captain when it came to the big hits as well.

They took 20 off Josh Shaw’s first over and it was a surprise when Wright heaved across the line at the former Yorkshire paceman and lost his leg stump for 41. Rawlins fell for 69 when he was caught and bowled off a high full toss from Andrew Tye in the 14th over, having hit eight fours and two sixes in 41 balls faced.

Sussex could only score 43 in the remaining six overs as wickets fell regularly. David Wiese made 26 but the outstanding Andrew Tye conceded just 11 runs in his four overs and David Payne backed him up with 3 for 36 including the wickets of Wiese and Ollie Robinson in his final over.

TURNING POINT: Delray Rawlins was going well on 69 when Andrew Tye caught him off his own bowling and Sussex struggled for impetus after that.

SHOT OF THE MATCH: For coolness under pressure, nothing could beat Graeme van Buuren’s six off the last ball to win the game.

UNSUNG HERO: On a flat pitch to only concede 11 runs was an outstanding effort by Gloucestershire seamer Andrew Tye.

WHAT’S NEXT: Both sides have home quarter-finals to look forward to. 

David Ripley commented: “We were very gloomy at Headingley but what a difference 24 hours makes, we wanted a response and we got it. The crowd for a dead rubber was sensational and it’s a really good way to end the campaign.

“It was a fresh pitch and the type of wicket that was much easier to hit through the ball. Moeen and Riki played well but we managed to get them both when they were well set and they were crucial wickets and then they were outgunned by our batsmen.

“It’s just frustrating to play this brand of cricket when it’s too late but it’s nice to finish strongly and move away from the bottom of the table."

Alex Gidman said: “I’m disappointed because were were desperate for a home quarter-final but not too down about this performance, 80% of it was fine we just got it a little wrong with the ball in the second half of the chase.

“You do keep an eye on the other game and obviously Notts lost which gave us a chance but we’ve got to take this on the chin. 

“We know we’re not quite getting it right with the ball but things can change very quickly and there’s eight teams that would love to be where we are and I’ve got every belief we can go and win at Sussex."

Nottinghamshire v Durham, North Group Trent Bridge, Nottingham 6:30 PM

Notts Outlaws needed outside help before securing home advantage in the quarter-finals of the Vitality Blast.

With qualification for the knock-out stages already assured, the Outlaws slipped to an unexpected 47-run defeat to Durham at Trent Bridge but Worcestershire Rapids’ defeat to Northants Steelbacks kept Notts in second place in the table.

The Outlaws faded dramatically in pursuit of a victory target of 172 and were bowled out for just 124 in only 17.2 overs in front of a disappointed crowd of 13,078.

Tom Moores made 33 for the home side but lacked support, with Nathan Rimmington taking three for 15 for the visitors.

Earlier, Durham posted 171 for eight, after opting to bat first, with Scott Steel making 45 from only 24 balls, with five fours and three sixes. Dan Christian, the Outlaws’ captain was the pick of the bowlers, taking three for 26.

Durham wasted little time in peppering the Trent Bridge boundaries via any means possible. From only the second ball of the match Steel played an exquisite switch-hit high into the stand.

The 20-year old dominated the strike as the visitors brought up their 50 in only 4.1 overs, with 18 coming from a single Harry Gurney over.

Notts struggled to stem the flow of big hits as 69 came from the powerplay overs but only one more run was added before Christian broke the opening partnership in the seventh over, having Steel caught in the deep by Jake Libby.

D’Arcy Short clubbed Carter away for another maximum and then did the same to Christian, before the Australian got the better of his countryman to dismiss him for 36.

Carter had been hit for 25 from his first two overs but he responded to finish with two for 37 as the batting side slid to 131 for five after 15 overs.

Pakistan international Imad Wasim, playing his first match since a short break back to his homeland to get married, bowled Gareth Harte to further damage north-east aspirations.

Graham Clark provided some late power-hitting, clearing the ropes three times in a 24-ball knock of 41, to set a challenging total.

The target seemed even further away as Durham struck twice through an unlikely source. Liam Trevaskis, with only 15 previous wickets in the format, celebrated as Joe Clarke drove to backward point and Ben Duckett – after clubbing two mighty sixes – hit to long-on for 17.

Rimmington reduced the hosts to 29 for three, as Alex Hales chopped on, for only eight but frustration followed his delight as Samit Patel was then dropped next ball, by Harry Adair.

Notts’ re-build was put on hold as Patel and Libby fell during the middle overs, leaving 96 still required from the final 10 overs.

Adair had his redemption, catching Christian off Matthew Potts and when Tom Moores fell the end came quickly.

News filtered through of Worcestershire’s defeat, closely followed by the confirmation that Middlesex – who have never played Notts in T20 cricket – will visit Trent Bridge next week.

THE TURNING POINT Ben Duckett looked in the mood to power Notts home but after hitting two sixes and a four he skied the next ball to long-on.

SHOT OF THE MATCH – Graham Clark’s late cameo included two glorious lofted sixes.

UNSUNG HERO Liam Trevaskis destroyed any early Notts’ momentum with the wickets of Clarke and Duckett.

WHAT’S NEXT: Notts Outlaws await confirmation of the date for their home quarter-final match against Middlesex, whilst the Vitality Blast campaign has now ended for Durham.

Dan Christian (Notts captain)

“It was a disappointing batting performance but we’re through and that’s the  main thing. That’s all we wanted and all we were really after from the start of the season – a home quarter. Thanks to Northants, they must have played really well there tonight to help us get over the line.

“Middlesex have had an unbelievable game chasing 220-odd at Taunton, so they’ll certainly be a challenge for us but on our home turf hopefully we can produce the home form that got us to this stage.”

Nathan Rimmington (Durham 3-15)

“It’s nice to get a few wickets. Sometimes you bowl well and don’t get your rewards. Tonight I was fortunate.”

“Clarky (Graham Clark) played a blinder of a knock tonight. At the break we thought we might have been 20 short. It was a brilliant wicket but we bowled and fielded well and restricted them. We took three wickets in the powerplay and should have had a fourth.

“It was unfortunate that we couldn’t put some performances together like that earlier in the tournament but it’s always good to beat Notts here and it’s nice to finish with a win.”

Birmingham Bears v Yorkshire, North Group Edgbaston, Birmingham 6:30 PM

Tom Kohler-Cadmore was among the runs again as an unbeaten 94 earned Yorkshire Vikings a 19-run T20 Vitality Blast victory over Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.

Opener Kohler-Cadmore made a half century in his previous game against Northamptonshire Steelbacks.

And the Vikings captain kept that form going with nine fours and two sixes - ending six short of his century - as Yorkshire completed their T20 campaign with back to back wins after Birmingham replied with 181 for five including a 46 ball 64 from Sam Hain who hit five fours and two sixes.

The match may have been a dead rubber with neither side able to qualify from the North Group, but Kohler-Cadmore and Adam Lyth punished Birmingham yet again with a new best T20 stand against the Bears following on from their 88 stand at Headingley this season.

This time they piled on 102 runs to set up a total of 200 for  three.

Birmingham won the toss but Yorkshire made a solid start and the opening 50 stand came inside six overs - off 32 balls - after some loose bowling from the Bears early on.

Lyth brought up the half century with a boundary as Vikings made the most of the powerplay.

Vikings were 92 for no wicket after 10 overs and Kohler-Cadmore reached his 50 after hitting seven fours and a six, with the pair completing a century stand a in the 12th over.

But Bears made the breakthrough when Lyth tried to pull a George Garrett ball and was caught on the boundary by Dom Sibley on the deep mid-wicket boundary.

Garrett, aged 19, earned his first wicket in T20 cricket as a result with the score on 102 - that follows his wicket on his first-class debut against Somerset this month.

But Yorkshire were still in a strong position and David Willey kit the Vikings’ momentum going as he hit the first and third ball of his innings for six.

Willey continued to take the game to Birmingham and drove Chris Green for a huge straight six.

But Bears picked up a second wicket as Willey tried one big shot too many and hit Green’s full toss to long-off where he was caught by Will Rhodes after making a rapid 25 off 10 balls to leave Vikings 137 for two.

Harry Brook came in and provided more valuable support for Kohler-Cadmore and the pair hauled in 24 runs from the 17th over.

Vikings reached 200 off the last ball of the innings leaving Kohler-Cadmore not out after carrying his bat.

Bears made an encouraging start and Ed Pollock took the game to Yorkshire only to edge Tim Bresnan to wicket keeper Tattersall and depart for 22 hitting four boundaries and a six.

But Chris Green then went from his second delivery as Brennan struck again in the same over with Will Fraine taking a fine catch as Bears were reduced to 35 for two.

And it was 56 for three when Matt Pillans bowled Lamb for 11 - but Vikings took command when Lyth trapped opener Dom Sibley for 37 with the Bears score on 100.

TURNING POINT:  When Adam Lyth trapped Bears opener Dom Sibley for 37 with the score on 100 it halted Birmingham’s progress as they chased a target of 100 leaving Sam Hain to try and keep the game alive

UNSUNG HERO:  Teenager George Garrett was the pick of the Birmingham bowlers - taking his first T20 wicket and turning in the Bears’ best figures of one for 19 from three overs

Glamorgan v Hampshire, South Group Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 6:30 PM

Match Summary

Glamorgan 216 - 5

Hampshire 188 - 8

Result - Glamorgan won by 28 runs

Glamorgan posted their highest-ever Twenty20 total at Sophia Gardens as they crashed 13 sixes in their 216 for five before restricting Hampshire to 188 for eight.

Lancashire Lightning v Leceicestershire Foxes , Old Trafford 6:30PM

Match Summary

Lancashire Lightning 143 - 5

Leicestershire Foxes 142 - 9

Result - Lancashire Lightning won by 5 wickets

Lancashire warmed up for the knockout stages with a routine five-wicket win over Leicestershire Foxes

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