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NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day - August 23


  • Peterson b Woakes 21 [wicket]

    Woakes has all but finished this off as Peterson goes for another expansive shot but is castled
    8/23/2014 1:00:36 PM
    Surrey 178-7 off 20 overs: Ansari strikes Woakes' first ball for a one-bounce four but there's simply too much for Surrey to do. Peterson shows just what he's got in the locker by walking across his stumps and flicking the ball down to fine leg for four and he then gets lucky with an almighty heave that brings four more via an inside edge. Woakes gains his revenge by pinning Peterson's off stump leaving Batty just the one ball to face. That, as they say, is that. Game over.
    8/23/2014 1:01:34 PM
  • The Birmingham players are rather unceremoniously asked to move away from the pitch in their moment of celebration as the main covers come on, swiftly followed by sheeting to cover the square to protect it from the lightest of showers. Might make the mascot race skiddy, though!
    8/23/2014 1:04:32 PM
  • [twitter] Who are you backing?

    8/23/2014 1:06:21 PM
  • FINALISTS! That magnificent spell of 2-13 from Ateeq Javid has put the Bears into #T20Blast Final...

  • MASCOT RACE update...
    Predictably it's chaos out there but after an epic struggle, Somerset mascot Stumpy has been declared the winner. All eyes, though, were on the field further back where there was an imposter in the field - a rogue squirrel. Allott Security was lined up to remove him from the race but wasn't needed as Adam Hollioake weighed in with a crushing rugby tackle. The identity of the squirrel was quickly revealed as none other than Michael Vaughan...
    8/23/2014 1:19:28 PM
  • Adam Hollioake nails the imposter squirrel who turns out to be none other than @MichaelVaughan #FinalsDay #mascotrace

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    8/23/2014 1:23:31 PM
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    8/23/2014 1:25:15 PM
    They enter an arena bathed in sunshine but - be warned - there is rain on the way if the ominous clouds building in the distance come this way. Good chance of that, apparently, according to 'the beak'.
    8/23/2014 1:33:17 PM
  • Smith lbw b Smith 0 [wicket]

    First ball of the match! It looked out and it was out - the ball sliding on and trapping Tom Smith bang in front. Hitting middle and leg.
    8/23/2014 1:39:23 PM
  • Over 1 - Lancs 2-1 (Khawaja 1, Prince 1)
    A seismic early shock for the Lightning - Prince and Khawaja collect a single each in what was pretty much a perfect opening over from Smith.
    8/23/2014 1:40:29 PM
  • Khawaja c Ervine b Wood 1 [wicket]

    What a start for Hampshire - Khawaja goes hard at the ball and nicks straight to slip
    8/23/2014 1:42:18 PM
  • Over 2 - Lancs 5-2 (Prince 2, Brown 2)
    The rain starts to come over as Wood completes a fine opening over. Brown picks up a couple but you get the feeling the Lightning would fancy a little break now, just to regroup.
    8/23/2014 1:43:47 PM
  • Hosing it down but blue skies in the distance over the city centre.

    8/23/2014 1:51:13 PM
  • News just in... Play will re-start at 3.30pm. #FinalsDay
  • MASCOT RACE - featuring Michael Vaughan, the squashed squirrel...
    8/23/2014 2:05:29 PM
  • PC Bumble questions the rather deflated Mascot Race 'intruder'

    8/23/2014 2:09:12 PM
  • HANTS IN THE HUNT - Hampshire are back on a roll, it would appear. Here are the thoughts of Vince, Carberry and Coles after they overcame Notts in the quarter-finals...
    8/23/2014 2:12:32 PM
  • VAUGHAN's ICE-BUCKET CHALLENGE - it has been an interesting couple of day's for Michael... who has nominated Allott, Hussain & Atherton... watch this space!
    8/23/2014 2:22:35 PM
  • Right - we're back on. James Vince leads Hampshire back out. Just time to hear from Mick, the star of this morning's rock 'n roll show...
    8/23/2014 2:27:50 PM
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  • Over 3 - Lancs 8-2 (Prince 4, Brown 3)
    Smith completes his interrupted over for the addition of a couple of runs. No boundary yet in this innings.
    8/23/2014 2:30:57 PM
  • Over 4 - Lancs 15-2 (Prince 6, Brown 8)
    Stand and deliver stuff from Brown, who mows the typically tidy Wood down the ground to get a boundary on the board - almost cleaning out Prince in the process. Coles into the attack...
    8/23/2014 2:34:35 PM
  • Over 5 - Lancs 24-2 (Prince 7, Brown 16)
    Prince cloths a couple of Cole deliveries before Brown takes one on the body and turns down a run that Nass reckons was there for the taking. The two batsmen almost collide midwicket as Brown clubs the ball over midwicket. Carberry gives chase and dives headlong to save two runs. He's got no chance with the final ball of the over, which Brown swats into the stands.
    8/23/2014 2:37:35 PM
  • Over 6 - Lancs 35-2 (Prince 9, Brown 25)
    More top-notch fielding from Hants - Ervine the man this time, flinging himself full length to deny Brown a boundary. Brown isn't to be denied another time, though, and steps leg-side to flay Briggs through the covers. Eleven off Briggs' first over. That's the end of the powerplay... Smith back for his third over.
    8/23/2014 2:41:12 PM
  • Wood celebrates the wicket of Khawaja

    8/23/2014 2:42:43 PM
  • Over 7 - Lancs 40-2 (Prince 12, Brown 27)
    Smith's flat-ish deliveries proving tough to get away - he now has 1-10 from his three overs. The struggle continues... Brown the exception.
    8/23/2014 2:44:29 PM
  • Over 8 - Lancs 47-2 (Prince 18, Brown 28)
    Prince fails to get any purchase on an attempted reverse sweep - Briggs darting the ball in at 60mph - so has a swing at the next and collects a one-bounce four.
    8/23/2014 2:47:12 PM
  • Over 9 - Lancs 58-2 (Prince 21, Brown 36)
    That's one way to ruin an over. Coles sends down a full toss last ball that Brown swats into the midwicket stand as easy as you like. Up until that ball Coles was bowling full and, by mixing his pace up well, restricting the batters to singles.
    8/23/2014 2:50:39 PM
  • Over 10 - Lancs 72-2 (Prince 30, Brown 41)
    Throw that one back! Prince powers Dawson into the stands for a maximum and we're at the halfway stage already...
    8/23/2014 2:53:39 PM
  • Brown b Smith 41 [wicket]

    Entertaining knock comes to a rather abrupt end as he drags on a truly wide one from outside off
    8/23/2014 2:55:17 PM
  • Buttler lbw Smith 1 [wicket]

    Smith strikes again as England's wicketkeeper attempts to reverse sweep. He departs in disbelief, hinting he might have got a bit of bat on it. Replays inconclusive as yet.
    8/23/2014 2:58:04 PM
  • Over 11 - Lancs 77-4 (Prince 33, Horton 1)
    Fantastic spell from Smith, who finishes with 3-15 from his four overs to stake an early claim for man of the match honours. He now has 20 T20 wickets this campaign.
    8/23/2014 2:59:44 PM
  • Over 12 - Lancs 81-4 (Prince 35, Horton3)
    Things could have turned a touch worse for Lancs there but Dawson shells what was a difficult return chance low to his right offered by Prince.
    8/23/2014 3:01:28 PM
  • Over 13 - Lancs 92-4 (Prince 43, Horton 6)
    Chalk up another chance missed! Horton mows the ball at Coles in the covers but the pace on the ball is too much for him and bursts through his hands. Prince was struggling to make his ground off the fourth ball of the over but a wickedly cruel bounce denies Wheater the chance to whip off the bails. On the day of the full toss, Briggs serves up another one on a platter and Prince cashes in to the tune of four runs.
    8/23/2014 3:04:58 PM
  • Very strong T20 campaign from the @surreycricket boys but proper gutting to lose in the semis. Thanks for the great support everyone 😎
  • Prince: holding the innings together

    8/23/2014 3:06:52 PM
  • Over 14 - Lancs 104-4 (Prince 54, Horton 7)
    That's the fifty up for Prince, off 37 balls, brought up in fine style with a crunching six over midwicket. This partnership is starting to motor as Prince powers Dawson down the ground for four more.
    8/23/2014 3:09:28 PM
  • Over 15 - Lancs 117-4 (Prince 55, Horton 18)
    Watch out in the crowd because Horton has rediscovered his mojo, picking Coles up and hoisting him over the fine leg rope one ball after pulling to the rope. Coles, endeavouring to deny Horton license to exploit is favourite leg-side scoring options, slips in an off-side wide but otherwise finishes the over in much more tidy fashion.
    8/23/2014 3:12:58 PM
  • Horton run out (Vince) 19 [wicket]

    Sharp throw from Vince finds Horton short of his ground at the non-striker's end. Dawson does the honours.
    8/23/2014 3:16:10 PM
  • Over 16 - Lancs 124-5 (Prince 61, Croft 0)
    Coles is the most relieved man out there at the moment after shelling a simple chance offered in the deep by Horton, off Dawson. Hampshire's fielding has been a curious mix of the brilliant and the shambolic so far today.
    8/23/2014 3:17:55 PM
  • Over 17 - Lancs 128-5 (Prince 63, Croft 2)
    Briggs finds Prince's edge but the verdict in the comms box is that it was way too tough an opportunity to Wheater standing up to be considered a chance. Unusually Briggs finishes his spell wicketless with figures of 0-33. Perhaps predictably given what's gone on here today, he finishes with a full toss.
    8/23/2014 3:20:27 PM
  • Over 18 - Lancs 143-5 (Prince 71, Croft 9)
    Croft slices through backward point to collect a much-needed four and some decent scampering brings Croft and Prince a couple each with a single inbetween. Prince saves the best to last, connecting with what Nass would call a punch down the ground for six, which rather ruins another decent over from Wood.
    8/23/2014 3:25:06 PM
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