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T20 Blast roundup: Kent Spitfires return to the summit

Kent Spitfires move top of the T20 Blast South division thanks to Darren Stevens's 90 to beat Surrey.

Darren Stevens scored an impressive 90 as Kent Spitfires moved top of the T20 Blast South Division with a 54-run win over Surrey at The Oval tonight.

The Spitfires recorded an impressive 231-7 - a target that proved too large for Surrey, with Stevens also taking four wickets to cap a fine all-round display.

They move above Hampshire at the summit after Dale Benkenstein's men lost by seven wickets to Sussex Sharks at the Rose Bowl.

Craig Cachopa and Matthew Machan both managed unbeaten efforts of 89 and 52 respectively to thwart Benkenstein's side and stay seventh in the standings.

Meanwhile, Essex Eagles moved joint second with Hampshire on 10 points after beating Glamorgan by 16 runs at the County Ground.

Ravi Bopara's knock of 52 was the pick of the bunch in an innings that was hindered by the bowling of Michael Hogan - who grabbed three wickets - but the hosts' 187-7 was enough.

Meanwhile, in the North division, Moeen Ali's 65 helped Worcestershire Rapids beat Derbyshire Falcons by eight wickets to stay top of their standings.

Steve Rhodes's side finished on 139-2 in a tight encounter that saw Ali also star with the ball by taking three wickets.

Elsewhere, second-placed Leicestershire - who lost to Derbyshire on Thursday - got back to winning ways with a seven-wicket win over Birmingham Bears.

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