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Vitality Blast Last Round As It Happens

We will be running a live blog from 7pm this evening keeping you up to date with all that is going on in both North and South groups and how it affects Somerset as the quarter-finals take shape.

Early news is that Essex are going well at Chelmsford, 75-1 off 8.2 while Gloucs are struggling at 33-2off 7 at the Aegas.

Surrey who need to win and hope Sussex lose have Glamorgan 80-3 off 8 but Sussex are flying at 92-1in the 8th!

David Willey and Adam Lyth accelerating for Yorkshire against the champions Notts who are staring down the barrel of elimination. 94-1 in the 12th.

Elsewhere in the north rain at Durham frustrating the leaders and Worcestershire who need to win to clinch a home QF flying at 120-1.

Less good news from Chelmsford where Kent have taken two quick wickets to reduce Essex to 121-3  with 7 overs to go and 2 news batsmen at the crease.

Sussex look like they are going to set the highest total of the evening 140-1 with 8 overs to go at Hove. The powerful duo of Luke Wright and Laurie Evans have added 62 now.

Hard to tell how Gloucestershire are doing at Hampshire, remember the low scoring win for Somerset, 74-3in the 13th Michael Klinger who opened 27 off 35 balls.

Notts fighting back, David Willey goes for 51 106-3 in the 15th. At Edgbaston Mooen has gone to his 100 off 51 balls. It looks like Lancashire will be away in the quarters at the moment.

4 overs to go at Chelmsford. We could do with some Ravi Bopara fireworks to get Essex (159-4) up to 200. Especially now another wicket has gone 159-5 with 20 balls left.

Kane Williamson on fire in the 16th over 20 off Samit Patel’s over.

A quick jump over to twitter to see if my Kent followers bite this evening!

Gary Ballance goes “clothing” one to deep midwicket. You’ve got to feel sorry for the Yorkshire lefthander he seems so out of his depth doesn’t he?

9 balls left at Chelmsford for Essex to get to 200, currently 181-5.

Sussex 186-3 in the 17th, Luke Wright gone and Delray Rawlings gets his second first-baller in 2 days!

Another one at Hove, Laurie Evans who top scored against Somerset out for 36 187-4 in the 18th – surely enough to beat Middlesex and secure a quarter-final trip to Durham.

Essex have finished at Chelmsford, 201-6 Bopara 25 not out so Kent have it all to do to ensure their home quarter-final. Not sure of the exact equation but Kent are going to have to go some to improve their net run rate sufficiently to overtake Somerset. Gloucs who also need a big net run rate win are crawling to 130-6 in the 19th. Looking good for Somerset to top the group.

Which means that it is the shoot-out at Headingley that will determine our opponents in the last 8. Looks like this might be the pick of the games thanks to a brilliant last over from Harry Gurney 4-0-16-1 to restrict Yorkshire to 164-5.

The battle for fourth in the south looks to be heading the way of Sussex. Surrey will need to chase  183 in Cardiff and hope that Middlesex chase 215 at Hove. Not looking good for “Tweeting Tom”

The likely QFs are:

Durham v Sussex

Somerset v Yorks / Notts

Worcestershire v Gloucs

Kent v Lancashire

But plenty could change …. Back after a short break!

 

First result of the evening is a no result at Durham.

Jack Brooks, he of potentially a Somerset signing opening the bowling for Yorkshire, Alex Hales tucking in!

Kent, Notts and Middlesex all off to flyers but Middlesex are one down.

I’ve got to say I’d much rather face Yorkshire than Notts. A repeat of last year’s quarter-final would be scant reward for winning the group!

Big wicket for Yorkshire Willey gets Wessels Notts 25-1 after 3.

Meanwhile Kent carrying on where they left off last evening 51-0 off 4.5 overs.

Kent confounding my predictions. The need to win with 4 overs to spare and are flying at 97-0 off 8 but Hampshire and Middlesex both amking good fists of their respective chases. At Headingley Notts look favourites at the moment. With the rain at Cardiff,  Surrey’s goose looks well and truly cooked.

Kent lose their first wicket at Chelmsford 99-1 need 103 in 7 overs to top the group. I’m sticking to my interval predictions… for now.

This live blogging has its drawbacks. Sami, one of our cats, has decided he gets priority over my laptop on my lap! More like live contortioning at the moment.

Kent 109-2 off 11 need 93 off 5 to top the group. Sussex sweating – Paul Stirling and John Simpson 50 each Middlesex 105-1 off 8 – they will be praying the rain stays at Cardiff.

They’ve started at Cardiff with no loss of overs. Aaron Finch doing Aaron Finch things, Surrey 41-0 off 3, sensing a chance of snatching the last place from the south. Kent 131-2 in the 14th and Hampshire’s chase going well in the capable hands of James Vince and Sam Northeast. With the deficit for Hampshire under 60 Gloucestershire can’t overtake Somerset so we have a home quarter-final!

Alex Hales steering Notts to a win over Yorkshire at present they need 61 off 46 balls with 8 wickets in hand.

Kent need 51 0ff 10 balls to pass Somerset for top spot.

So it looks like it’s all about the battles for fourth. It’s pretty quiet in Leeds and I suspect the same in Hove as the teams that started out of the top four in each group look to steal it on the last day.

Ouch – raining again at Cardiff with only 5 overs bowled.

By my reckoning, Kent’s can’t now go above Somerset. 162-4 off 16 needing 40 off 2 balls!

Notts, Hants and Middlesex crusing, Surrey funing in the Cardiff rain! Hold on 2 wickets for Sussex, Morgan and Franklin 163-5 off 15.

Kent suddenly making hard work of this180-3 off 18.

Hampshire need 17 off 27. Notts 17 off 18.

Sussex fighting back. Middlesex 172-7.

Hampshire win. Gloucs confirmed in 3rd.

Middlesex 173-8.

Scores level at Leeds. Notts win with an over to spare. Kent win with a ball to spare.

Scant reward for winning the group. Somerset home in a repeat of last year’s quarter-final against the best team from the north, the team who won it last year.

So the quarter-final line-up is as we thought at mid-way.

Durham v Sussex

Somerset v Yorks / Notts

Worcestershire v Gloucs

Kent v Lancashire

Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.