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Highlights from the T20 Vitality Blast match between Hampshire Hawks and Gloucestershire.

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Highlights from the T20 Vitality Blast match between Hampshire Hawks and Gloucestershire.

Highlights from the T20 Vitality Blast match between Hampshire Hawks and Gloucestershire.

Recap of Friday night’s Vitality Blast action, where Birmingham Bears and Hampshire Hawks both secured quarter-finals, Surrey guaranteed a home game in the last eight and one-day England captain Jos Buttler lost to Lancashire.

Yorkshire Vikings vs Birmingham Bears

Birmingham Bears qualified for next week’s Vitality Blast quarterfinals as winners of the North Group by defending a 239 target in a run-fest against fellow challengers Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley.

Birmingham’s 238-5 was the fourth highest total in the Blast this season – they also have the highest, 261-2 against Nottinghamshire – and included 81 in 41 balls for Ireland opener Paul Stirling and a late career best 63 not out 25 for Dan Mousley, who also claimed a wicket with his off spin.

This was also the highest total Yorkshire has ever admitted. But they chased valiantly, finishing in 207, with Adam Lyth’s 69 being the highest. Bears captain Carlos Brathwaite returned the best 3-32 of the season in a 31 point win.

The fourth-seeded Vikings enter Sunday’s final group stage match in Leicestershire, one point behind sixth, with all sorts of opportunities. A win will qualify them, as will a draw or no result, while they can also finish in the top two for a home quarter final or be eliminated with a loss.

Worcestershire Rapids vs Lancashire Lightning

Jos Buttler suffered a disappointment in his first game since being appointed as England’s new captain, as an astonishing Lancashire Lightning batting collapse saw the visitors go down to a 29-run defeat to the lowest seeded Worcestershire Rapids on the New Road.

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Eoin Morgan’s replacement was dropped before scoring, but then hit 42 from 29 balls with three sixes and two fours as he and Phil Salt looted 85 from 8.2 overs in pursuit of a 179 goal.

The Lightning looked well on track to take the win that would have secured their place in the quarter-finals, but then Brett D’Oliveira’s career best T20 return of 4-20 was the center of a dramatic turning point in the fate of the lightning.

Ten wickets went down for 64 runs in 11.1 overs, putting Lancashire’s hopes of qualifying for the last eight now on the line en route to their final game with Birmingham Bears on Sunday.

Leicestershire Foxes vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks

Leicestershire Foxes beat the Northamptonshire Steelbacks by one run to keep their hopes of a quarter-final in the Vitality Blast alive, with the dramatic win – coupled with the loss of Yorkshire – giving the hosts the night they were hoping for.

Skipper Colin Ackermann hit three sixes and nine fours in a career best 85 of 44 balls to lead Leicestershire to the best 214-6 of a season after Nick Welch (38) and Lewis Hill looted 59 of the first 32 balls.

Also in need of a win, the Steelbacks responded with half a century of Chris Lynn, Josh Cobb and Jimmy Neesham. However, chasing the total turned out to be just above them, despite an extraordinary last over in which they took 19 to win and might have made it had Neesham not walked away with three balls to go.

Nottinghamshire Outlaws vs Durham

Nottinghamshire Outlaws‘ last-ditch hopes of a seventh consecutive T20 quarter-final berth finally vanished despite a comfortable four-wicket win over Durham at the Trent Bridge.

Nottinghamshire, among other things, needed a draw in the match at Leicester to maintain any hope, but it was not to be as Leicestershire defeated Northamptonshire.

It was a smashing farewell to say the least for Dan Christian, the outgoing Nottinghamshire veteran captain who led the Outlaws to T20 glory in 2017 and 2020. He was able to enjoy 51 of 30 balls from Joe Clarke and Ben Duckett’s unbeaten 53 of 34 , as the hosts chased a goal of 184 with three overs to spare.

Surrey vs Kent Spitfires

Surrey clinched a home Vitality Blast quarterfinal after beating Kent Spitfires by four wickets with quick half-century from Jason Roy and Sam Curran leading a spectacular chase in a high-scoring affair.

A packed house of 30,000 people at the Kia Oval lapped it up as host Surrey chased Kent’s 191-5 with nine balls left while England duo Roy, 58 from 27, and Curran, 50 from 30, starred.

It was a 10th win out of 13 group matches for old leaders Surrey, with one game raining, and Laurie Evans and Will Jacks also made solid contributions with 26 runs each as Kent’s bowlers simply couldn’t defend what seemed a challenging total.

Middlesex vs Somerset

Josh Davey returned to chase his former teammates as Somerset defeat mid-sex by two wickets in a Vitality Blast thriller at Lord’s to qualify for the quarter-finals. Davey took 1-25 from four frugal overs before beating Chris Green for six when the visitors won a seesaw encounter with two balls left.

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The Cidermen had looked like they were chasing a 161 goal with some comfort thanks to Tom Banton’s 39 and 36 for skipper Tom Abell, but Jason Behrendorf’s 3-30 and two wickets on the debut for Max Harris made it tight for Davey’s final heroism .

Previously, Middlesex’s 160-6 score owed much to Chris Green’s undefeated 44 and 41 to Luke Hollman, but it wasn’t enough to prevent their ninth loss of the league.

Hampshire Hawks vs Gloucestershire

James Fuller’s quick-fire 45 and flawless bowling of Liam Dawson and Nathan Ellis fired Hampshire Hawks in the Vitality Blast quarterfinals at the cost of Gloucestershire

James Fuller hit 45 runs off 24 balls, which turned out to be the difference in Hampshire's win over Gloucestershire, to give the Hawks a place in the quarter-finals.

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James Fuller hit 45 runs off 24 balls, which turned out to be the difference in Hampshire’s win over Gloucestershire, to give the Hawks a place in the quarter-finals.

James Fuller hit 45 runs off 24 balls, which turned out to be the difference in Hampshire’s win over Gloucestershire, to give the Hawks a place in the quarter-finals.

All-rounder Fuller needed just 24 balls to punch his kill at death to drag Hampshire to an above average 140.

Gloucestershire, who needed to win to keep their knockout hopes alive, lost wickets on a regular basis, with Dawson coming back 2-16 and Australian Ellis 1-14 in his four overs, while Hampshire won by 15 runs.

James Vince feels James Fuller's knock at the end of the innings off Hampshire coupled with their spinners was the key to their win, while Jack Taylor blamed the soft layoffs for Gloucestershire's loss.

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James Vince feels James Fuller’s knock at the end of the innings off Hampshire coupled with their spinners was the key to their win, while Jack Taylor blamed the soft layoffs for Gloucestershire’s loss.

James Vince feels James Fuller’s knock at the end of the innings off Hampshire coupled with their spinners was the key to their win, while Jack Taylor blamed the soft layoffs for Gloucestershire’s loss.

Sussex Sharks vs Essex Eagles

A beautiful stingy bowling tin from Essex Eagles captain Simon Harmer led his side to victory by 28 runs in their Vitality Blast game against Sussex Sharks in Hove.

Harmer gave up just 18 runs from his four overs and also took the wickets of danger man Ali Orr, Tom Alsop and George Garton.

It was the eighth win of the campaign for Essex as Sussex again disappointed to a sold-out crowd. But Orr, the hero of Sussex’s first championship win of the season two days earlier, threatened more heroism as Sussex chased a defiant 198 for the win.

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