T20 Blast roundup: Birmingham Bears, Kent Spitfires win to stay top

Sports Mole rounds up all the action from Friday's matches in the T20 Blast.

Birmingham Bears have extended their lead in the North Group in the T20 Blast this evening, beating Worcestershire Rapids in a closely-fought match.

Half-centuries from Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Brett D'Oliveira helped Worcestershire post a competitive total, but Rikki Clarke led the reply, scoring the winning runs to finish on an unbeaten 52 with just three balls remaining.

Kent Spitfires have ensured that they keep hold of top spot in the South Group with a 20-run victory over Somerset at Canterbury.

A 112-run opening partnership from Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joseph Denly led the hosts to a total of 173, but Jamie Overton and Abdur Rehman were the only players to score more than 30 for Somerset as the visitors failed to get close to their opponents' score.

Johnny Bairstow fell just short of a century as Yorkshire Vikings recorded a five-wicket win in a run-filled meeting with Durham Jets.

The visitors would have been confident of victory after Graham Clark scored an unbeaten 91 to lead Durham to a score of 191.

Yorkshire made a shaky start to their reply, with Aaron Finch out for a duck off the first delivery before the team slipped to 28-3, but Bairstow led the recovery, hitting 92 off 42 balls, before Tim Bresnan hit the winning runs.

Sussex Sharks have kept the pressure on the South Group leaders with an emphatic win over Glamorgan.

Ben Wright hit 63 for the Welsh side, but Luke Wright remained unbeaten on 92 while Chris Nash scored 50 as Sussex passed Glamorgan's total with more than five overs to spare.

Half-centuries from Paul Horton, Karl Brown and Steven Croft led Lancashire Lightning to a comfortable win over Leicestershire Foxes.

Horton finished as the top scorer with 63 as the visiting side posted a score of 191, before Jordan Clark claimed three wickets to ensure that Leicestershire fell well short in their reply.

Nottinghamshire Outlaws held on for a narrow win over Derbyshire Falcons, leaving their opponents bottom in the North Group.

Alex Hales posted a score of 54, while Samit Patel also passed the 50-run mark to lead the home side to a score of 176 off their 20 overs.

Hamish Rutherford and Wayne Madsen ensured that the visitors came close, needing three for victory off the final ball, but Madsen could not add further to his unbeaten 51 to edge Derbyshire across the line.

Middlesex Panthers remain bottom in the South Group, despite beating Essex Eagles for their third win of the campaign in a low-scoring contest at Richmond.

The visitors were bowled out for just 109 as Steven Finn ripped through the top order, finishing with figures of 4-28, allowing Nicholas Gubbins and Eoin Morgan to lead Middlesex past the total with three overs to spare.

Hampshire have moved up to fourth in the South after beating Surrey, lifting them above Glamorgan.

Wicket-keeper Adam Wheater led the way with 78 before Mason Crane and Danny Briggs prevented the visitors from settling in their reply, claiming five wickets between them.

Results in full:

Lancashire Lightning (195-5) beat Leicestershire Foxes (151-8) by 40 runs
Middlesex Panthers (110-4) beat Essex Eagles (109 all out) by six wickets
Birmingham Bears (161-5) beat Worcestershire Rapids (160-5) by five wickets
Nottinghamshire Outlaws (176-6) beat Derbyshire Falcons (170-4) by two runs
Yorkshire Vikings (194-5) beat Durham Jets (191-6) by five wickets
Kent Spitfires (173-6) beat Somerset (151-9) by 22 runs
Hampshire (186-5) beat Surrey (157-9) by 29 runs

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