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Sam Curran smashed 72 off 36.

Sam Curran smashed 72 off 36.

NORTH GROUP

Leicestershire vs Derbyshire, Leicester

Matthew Critchley smashed 80 off 45 while Luis Reece also got a half-century in Derbyshire 23-run win over Leicestershire. The visitors were 90 for 4 in the 11th over but the assault from Critchley took the side to 209 for 6. Not a lot went right for the hosts on the night with the bat in hand as they folded for 186 in 19 overs with Rishi Patel top-scoring with 35.

Brief scores: Derbyshire 209/6 in 20 overs (Matthew Critchley 80; Naveen-ul-Haq 3-26) beat Leicestershire 186 in 19 overs (Rishi Patel 35; Logan van Beek 3-37) by 23 runs.

Nottinghamshire vs Warwickshire, Nottingham

Ed Pollock (62), Sam Hain (53 not out) and Carlos Brathwaite (44 not out) put on a powerful display with the bat as Warwickshire posted 229 for 5 in a high-scoring encounter. Pollock gave the team a fast start with Adam Hose and the momentum continued throughout the innings, and Brathwaite providing the finishing touches during his 18-ball knock.

In reply, Ben Duckett got a half-century and there plenty of handy contributions from the others but innings lacked one big knock. Luke Fletcher and Samit Patel's late cameos took the side close but it wasn't enough on the night as Warwickshire eventually managed an 18-run win.

Brief scores: Warwickshire 229/5 in 20 overs (Ed Pollock 62, Sam Hain 53*; Matthew Carter 2-36) beat Nottinghamshire 211/9 in 20 overs (Ben Duckett 51; Carlos Brathwaite 2-28) by 18 runs.

Durham vs Yorkshire, Chester-le-Street

Brydon Carse walked in at No. 8 and smashed 51 off 31 to help Durham post 181 on the board after they had slipped to 95 for 6. Jordan Thompson got a four-wicket haul but it wasn't enough to prevent Yorkshire going down by 20 runs. Jonny Bairstow made 67 while Harry Brook smashed 41 but regular wickets meant the side never really kicked on.

Brief scores: Durham 181/8 in 20 overs (Brydon Carse 51*; Jordan Thompson 4-44) beat Yorkshire 161/6 in 20 overs (Jonny Bairstow 67; Ben Raine 2-17) by 20 runs.

Northamptonshire vs Worcestershire, Northampton

Moeen Ali's half-century was instrumental Worcestershire easing past Northamptonshire by 32 runs. The all-rounder struck four sixes and helped the side post 185 for 7 with Brett D'Oliveira making 43. In reply, Northamptonshire were reduced to 16 for 2 and there was a late push from Saif Zaib (36 off 21) but the side couldn't quite get their chase right on the night.

Brief scores: Northamptonshire 185/7 in 20 overs (Moeen Ali 52; Ben Sanderson 3-21) beat Northamptonshire 153/9 in 20 overs (Saif Zaib 36; Moeen Ali 2-21) by 32 runs.

South Group

Somerset vs Surrey, Taunton

An unbeaten 72 off only 36 deliveries by Sam Curran - which included six sixes and five fours, powered Surrey to a seven-wicket win with four overs to spare in a chase of 188 against Somerset. Laurie Evans struck a 34-ball 65 (8 fours, 2 sixes) in an equally powerful batting display. Evans and Curran together added 104 for the third wicket in less than nine overs, after Jason Roy had provided the platform with a 14-ball 30.

Earlier, Tom Abell scored 69 off 44 while there were useful contributions from James Hildreth, Will Smeed and Ben Green. But their knocks went in vain as Surrey raced to the target to register their second win in as many games.

Brief scores: Somerset 187/6 in 20 overs (Tom Abell 69, James Hildreth 31; Tom Curran 2-44) lost to Surrey 188/3 in 16 overs (Sam Curran 72*, Laurie Evans 65; Josh Davey 2-31) by 7 wickets.

Kent vs Middlesex, Canterbury

Jack Leaning and Jordan Cox both scored 64 apiece in a key fifth-wicket partnership while Darren Stevens bagged three wickets to help Kent to a 16-run win against Middlesex. Kent were struggling at 47 for 4 after being asked to bat when Leaning and Cox got together, and they added 123 for the fifth wicket to help their side post 178 for 8 despite Chris Green picking up a five-wicket haul - four wickets including a hat-trick in the final over.

Middlesex slipped to 55 for 5 in the chase with skipper Eoin Morgan dismissed for a run-a-ball 27. Luke Hollman (51) and Nathan Sowter (31) attempted a fightback with their half-century stand for the seventh wicket but Kent prevailed in the end.

Brief scores: Kent 178/8 in 20 overs (Jack Leaning 64, Jordan Cox 64; Chris Green 5-32) beat Middlesex 162/8 in 20 overs (Luke Hollman 51, Nathan Sowter 31*; Darren Stevens 3-32) by 16 runs.

Essex vs Hampshire, Chelmsford

Hampshire managed their first win of the season as they defended a total of 155 for 6 against Essex. Joe Weatherley top-scored for Hampshire with a 34-ball 42 while James Fuller and D'Arcy Short came up with useful contributions even as Samuel Cook (2-21) and Simon Harmer (2-23) led a tight bowling effort. Tom Westley (44 off 29) tried to keep Essex in the hunt in the chase but regular wickets meant that they ended up being bowled out for 142. Bradley Wheal and Mason Crane bagged two wickets apiece.

Brief scores: Hampshire 155/6 in 20 overs (Joe Weatherley 42; Samuel Cook 2-21) beat Essex 142 in 19.2 overs (Tom Westley 44; Bradley Wheal 2-35) by 13 runs.

Gloucestershire vs Sussex, Bristol

Sussex began their T20 Blast campaign with a comfortable five-wicket victory against Gloucestershire. Glenn Phillips led a solid batting display from Gloucestershire who posted a competitive 177 for 7, with George Garton bagging three wickets. Philip Salt's unbeaten 77 off 49 deliveries then complemented blazing knocks from Garton (46 off 25) and Chris Jordan (23* off 13) as Sussex reached the target in 17.2 overs with five wickets in hand.

Brief scores: Gloucestershire 177/7 in 20 overs (Glenn Phillips 42, Benny Howell 24; George Garton 3-19) lost to Sussex 178/5 in 17.2 overs (Philip Salt 77*, George Garton 46; Josh Shaw 3-32) by 5 wickets.