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T20 Blast - May 23

Live from Edgbaston

  • Hello everyone and welcome to our comprehensive NatWest T20 Blast online commentary blog ahead of tonight's latest round of fixtures. As well as interactive updates from Edgbaston, where Birmingham Bears and Yorkshire Vikings meet in tonight's Sky Sports televised game, we will also be bringing you updates from all tonight's other seven fixtures.
    5/23/2014 2:29:39 PM
  • [rain] RAIN IN BIRMINGHAM
    Looks lovely down on the south coast but the same can't be said in Birmingham, where the rain is falling steadily and the covers are cemented to the square. Still over two hours til the start of play, though, so plenty of time for the rain to move elsewhere
    5/23/2014 3:11:03 PM
  • Missed England's ODI win over Sri Lanka last night? Catch up here

    5/23/2014 3:14:39 PM
  • The rather bleak picture at Edgbaston two hours before the scheduled start of play

    5/23/2014 3:38:21 PM
  • It looks like it will be a delayed start time for tonight's match. Of course as we know more we will let you know
  • [dominiccork] TIP FROM THE COMM BOX
    There is a horse that simply cannot lose this evening. It's running in the 6.40 at Musselburgh and it's name: Dominic Cork

    5/23/2014 3:52:29 PM
  • Both sets of players have arrived and the atmosphere is starting to build. Gates open at 5.30pm #DERvLAN #NWBlast http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BoVOtPuCAAEhKPO.jpg

  • Not long until we go again in the #NatWestT20Blast . Here are tonight's fixtures. Team news to follow... http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BoVQRoLCUAAqPUC.jpg

  • [twitter] NEWS FROM BRISTOL

    5/23/2014 4:15:55 PM
  • There are eight T20 Blast matches this evening. Stay up-to-date with the latest scores via our online blog: bit.ly/1njDbpv #t20
  • Paul Allott chats to Bears captain Jim Troughton under cover from the rain

    5/23/2014 4:28:31 PM
  • Breaking News! Blue sky and if we have no further rain, the Umpires will inspect again at 6:15. #wearesomerset
  • Join us at 6pm on SS2 for Bears v Vikings in the T20. @michaelvaughan chats to @jbairstow21 at the top of the show #yorkshire
  • [rain] START DELAYED
    Tonight's matches at Somerset (v Kent) and Gloucestershire (v Middlesex) were due to start at 5.30pm but due to rain in the south west both have been delayed. Stay tuned for latest updates on those two...
    5/23/2014 4:38:25 PM
  • [toss] TOSS
    All dry in the East Midlands, though, and Nottinghamshire Outlaws have won the toss against Worcestershire Rapids and will field first. That match is scheduled to start on time at 6pm
    5/23/2014 4:40:37 PM
  • Play due to get underway at 6.00 pm. @Gloscricket won the toss and have elected to field #cmonglos
  • FANTASY CRICKET
    Which players are you looking out for in tonight's matches? Tweet us your teams to @skycricket
    5/23/2014 4:58:26 PM
  • Rain currently falling at Edgbaston but we have plenty to discuss, including this statement from @KP24 . SS2 NOW.
  • [wicket] WICKETS
    Neither Paul Stirling nor Richard Oliver have made it past the first over at Bristol and Trent Bridge respectively. Early wickets for Notts and Gloucestershire
    5/23/2014 5:06:09 PM
  • Statement from Kevin Pietersen MBE
    Whilst I have always abided by the confidentiality clauses that the ECB were insistent on imposing in the settlement agreement I entered into with them at the time of the termination of my central contract, I feel it only fair to exercise my right to reply to the comments made by Paul Downton in an interview that took place on Test Match Special during yesterday’s One Day International.
    Aside from the strange timing of yesterday’s interview during an ODI, the comments regarding the cancellation of my contract should be put in perspective. It was made very clear to me that I was not being selected for the World T20 squad, and the ECB did not try to give me the remotest confidence that I would be seriously considered for selection for England again. Had I allowed my contract to “wind down”, as the ECB proposed, I would not only have forfeited the performance-related elements that are part of the England player remuneration, but more importantly my availability as a professional cricketer would have remained under the control of the ECB for a further eight months.
    The suggestion that I was uninterested during the winter Ashes series against Australia is wholly untrue. Although I was having injections in my knee, which inhibited my mobility and thus my ability to field close to the wicket, I was fully motivated to play for England and whilst I accept that the series as a whole fell well below my own personal standards, I finished the series as the top scorer. I did, and continue to have a good relationship with most of the England players, which has been subsequently highlighted by a number of press interviews. With regard to the criticisms aimed at my “the way I play type attitude”, I feel it’s only reasonable to remind Mr Downton that this method has brought me over 13,500 runs for England, in addition to being part of four Ashes-winning teams and a World T20-winning side, all of which achievements I am hugely proud of.
    I will continue to abide by the confidentiality provisions contained in my settlement agreement, which I believe applies to both the ECB and myself.
    Kevin Pietersen MBE
    5/23/2014 5:08:56 PM
  • [wicket] WICKET
    Middlesex 19/2 v Gloucs - J Denly c McCarter b Fuller 9
    5/23/2014 5:11:51 PM
  • @EssexCricket flag is flying with pride for the @NatWestT20Blast tonight at the ECG sadly not fit to play #Eagles http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BoVgIABCIAACcLi.jpg

  • Five boundaries for Moeen Ali now. He's in a hurry at Trent Bridge this evening. Wonder if he's left his motor running? WOR 30-1 (3.3)
  • [wicket] WICKET
    Worcestershire 35/2 v Notts D Mitchell ct Read b Carter 6
    5/23/2014 5:15:45 PM
  • [wicket] WICKET
    Middlesex 32/3 (3.5ovs) v Gloucs: D Malan c Marshall b Norwell 18
    5/23/2014 5:16:42 PM
  • Darkclouds, sunshine, a rainbow, puddles and Depeche Mode on the sound system! @NatWestT20Blast at Wantage Road http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BoVhitfCAAA_Eek.jpg

  • 7pm start with 13 overs each side (providing there is no more rain). Coin toss in 15 minutes #getin !
  • [wicket] ALI GONE!
    Big wicket at Trent Bridge: Worcestershire 45/3 (5.5ovs) v Notts: M Ali c Wessels b Carter 28 (20)
    5/23/2014 5:25:28 PM
  • The rain has reduced slightly and we have had official confirmation that the latest a five-over game can start is 8.58pm.
  • TOSS
    Hampshire have won the toss on the sunny south coast and will bat first against Sussex
    5/23/2014 5:32:16 PM
  • [wicket] WICKET!
    Middlesex are in early trouble against Gloucs: Middlesex 43/4 (6ovs) v Gloucs: N Dexter b Smith 7
    5/23/2014 5:33:07 PM
  • No play yet at Edgbaston but plenty of matches taking place elsewhere. Follow scores online: www1.skysports.com/live-scores/cr… #t20 @NatWestT20Blast
  • INSPECTION
    A pitch inspection will take place at a soggy Edgbaston at 7pm. A reminder that the latest we can start for a five-over shootout is 8.58pm
    5/23/2014 5:36:05 PM
  • [wicket] WICKET
    Middlesex 59/5 (9.2ovs) v Gloucs: A Rossington c Gidman b McCarter 4
    5/23/2014 5:38:28 PM
  • [rain] DERBY DELAYED
    Derbyshire v Lancashire start delayed due to rain
    5/23/2014 5:39:33 PM
  • [wicket] WICKET!
    Middlesex in even more trouble now as they lose their overseas signing: Middlesex 67/6 (10.5ovs) v Gloucs: D Christian c Dent b Norwell 18
    5/23/2014 5:40:44 PM
  • [wicket] WICKET!
    Another overseas signing falls, this time at Trent Bridge: Worcestershire 90/4 (10.5ovs) v Notts: C Munro c Carter b Wood 31
    5/23/2014 5:43:04 PM
  • TOSS
    Essex have won the toss against Glamorgan at Chelmsford and will bowl first
    5/23/2014 5:44:12 PM
  • A full Hampshire debut for Owais Shah tonight whilst all-rounder Chris Wood will make first appearance of the season. #NWBlast
  • [twitter] COUNTY NEWS



    5/23/2014 5:50:43 PM
  • Pretty big weekend coming up on Sky Sports. Here's what's in store...

    5/23/2014 5:56:59 PM
  • SOM GOOD NEWS
    Somerset v Kent will start at 7pm at Taunton. That is now a 13/13 match
    5/23/2014 6:00:22 PM
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