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de Villiers' whirlwind knock helped Middlesex to victory

South Group

Middlesex vs Somerset

AB de Villiers smashed nine sixes and a four in a whirlwind 88 off 35 as Middlesex bounced back from their defeat to Kent with a comfortable 35-run win over Somerset at the Old Deer Park. De Villiers walked in to bat in the ninth over of the game after captain Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling had added a brisk 78-run stand for the first wicket and unleashed his fury on an attack that featured the Overton brothers, Roelof van der Merve and Jerome Taylor. He hit five fixes and a four and got to his 50 off just 24 balls. The boundary ropes continued to be breached with rapid frequency as de Villiers added another 38 runs off just 11 balls and a score that appeared to be touching 200 passed it comfortably.

A total of 215 always seemed beyond Somerset once the in-form Babar Azam was dismissed early in the chase. James Hildreth raced away to 28 off 10 but was then bowled by Steven Finn at a crucial juncture in the chase. Tom Banton and Tom Abbell scored a pair of 41s but neither kicked on to make the big score like de Villiers had done earlier and the day. That and Nathan Sowter's 4 for 29 meant the visitors were bowled out for 180 with 16 balls to spare.

Brief scores: Middlesex 215/4 in 20 overs (AB de Villers 88*, Dawid Malan 56; Tom Lammonby 2-32) beat Somerset 180 in 17.2 overs (Tom Abell 41, Tom Banton 41; Nathan Sowter 4-29) by 35 runs.

Kent vs Hampshire

Kent returned to winning ways and to the top of the table with a nervy win in a low-scorer against Hampshire at Beckenham. Kent made heavy weather of a target of 136 by stumbling through their chase. Top scorer Heino Kuhn (41 off 32) fell to the first ball of the final over bowled by Kyle Abbott. Adam Milne then went 2, 4, 2, 4 to seal the win with a ball to spare.

The winning hits were fittingly struck by Milne, who was the pick of bowlers in the first innings to restrict Hampshire to a small total. Milne dismissed James Vince (44) and Sam Northeast in quick succession before coming back to add the wicket of Brad Taylor at the death. He also took two catches to cap off a day of all-round brilliance. Hardus Viljoen's 3 for 15 and Grant Stewarts's 2 for 23 were the other bright spots of Kent's victory.

Brief scores: Hampshire 135 in 19.2 overs (James Vince 44; Adam Milne 3-21, Hardus Viljoen 3-15) lost to Kent 138/6 in 19.5 overs (Heino Kuhn 41; Kyle Abbott 3-31) by four wickets

Gloucestershire vs Sussex

A controversial finish thanks to a six-run penalty in the game in Bristol gave Sussex a late three-wicket win which kept their unbeaten streak going in the T20 Blast. After having scored 159 for 6 in 20 overs, Gloucestershire bowlers kept their side on track, but paid a hefty price for an overrate offence. As it would transpire, the umpires slapped the team with a six-run penalty right before they were to bowl the final over with 14 to defend. That transgression reduced Sussex's target from 14 to 8 off the last six balls, which they got with two deliveries to spare.

It all ended well for Sussex, but the start was as rocky. The target wasn't daunting but wickets at regular intervals meant they could never really stay ahead of the eight-ball. Eventually, a 39-run partnership between David Wiese (37 off 29 balls) and Delray Rawlins (35* off 17 balls) paved the way for a three-wicket win.

Brief Scores: Sussex 163/7 in 19.4 overs (David Wiese 37, Delray Rawlins 35*; David Payne 3-35) beat Gloucestershire 159/6 in 20 overs (Ian Cockbain 61*, James Bracey 30; Ollie Robinson 2-34) by 3 wickets

North Group

Yorkshire vs Warwickshire

Tom Kohler-Cadmore made an impressive 54-ball 76 as Yorkshire tied with Warwickshire in chase of 177. Needing two off the final ball, Kohler-Cadmore was able to manage just one. Adam Lyth and Kohler-Cadmore scored 88 for the opening wicket to get the chase going while David Willey smashed 30 off 15. The chase lost steam with the wicket of Willey in the 14th over and Gary Ballance and Harry Brook failed to get going to drive the chase home.

For Warwickshire, Dominic Sibley smashed 64 while Duanne Olivier bagged two. Will Rhodes and Liam Banks gave the innings the much-needed impetus as they scored 40 for the fifth wicket in the last 17 deliveries.

Brief scores: Warwickshire 177/4 in 20 overs (Dominic Sibley 64; Duanne Olivier 2-31) tied with Yorkshire 177/4 in 20 overs (Tom Kohler-Cadmore 76).

Worcestershire vs Leicestershire

Gavin Griffiths and Will Davis bagged three each as Leicestershire sealed an easy three-wicket win over Worcestershire after posting 152. Colin Ackermann top-scored for Leicestershire to push them to a competitive score and lifted the side from 63 for 4. In the chase, none of the Worcestershire got going and Ben Cox was the only player that hung around - scoring 30.

Brief scores: Leicestershire 152 in 20 overs (Wayne Parnell 4-25) beat Worcestershire 119 in 19.2 overs (Gavin Griffiths 3-23) by 33 runs.

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