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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
  • [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
  • KEY KNOCK
    Rob Key has rolled back the years against Somerset at Taunton. He has just struck 46 from 22 balls before being dismissed: Kent 85/1 (6.2ovs) v Somerset: R Key lbw b Overton 46 (22)
    5/23/2014 6:31:41 PM
  • [50] ON FIRE!
    James Vince just can't stop scoring runs! He's just reached 50 for Hampshire against Sussex off 26 balls. Hants are 86/2 off 9ovs - Vince has just fallen for 52
    5/23/2014 6:33:00 PM
  • [50] LEADING THE WAY!
    Fantastic knock from Jacques Rudolph at Chelmsford: WICKET: Glamorgan 96/1 (10.4ovs) v Essex: J Rudolph c Salisbury b Ryder 63 (38)
    5/23/2014 6:34:41 PM
  • [wicket] DUCK!
    Big blow for Gloucs in their run-chase as Finn strikes: Gloucestershire 2/1 (0.5ovs) v Middlesex: M Klinger c Rossington b Finn 0
    5/23/2014 6:36:14 PM
  • [50] Bell-Drummond milestone
    Daniel Bell-Drummond is the second Kent player to reach 50 at Taunton. It's only taken him 25 balls! Kent 138/1 (9.5ovs) v Somerset
    5/23/2014 6:39:52 PM
  • [wicket] WICKET!
    Early fireworks from Hales & Lumb at Notts but Lumb has just bitten the dust: Nottinghamshire 24/1 (3.1ovs, target: 164) v Worcs: M Lumb c D'Oliveira b Shantry 1
    5/23/2014 6:44:33 PM
  • [wicket] WICKET!
    Kent 158/2 (11.1ovs) v Somerset: D Bell-Drummond c Dockrell b Nannes 59 (30)
    5/23/2014 6:46:27 PM
  • [wicket] WICKET!
    Hampshire 114/3 (13ovs) v Sussex: A Wheater c Joyce b Yardy 34 (25)
    5/23/2014 6:47:32 PM
  • [wicket] WICKET!
    Lancashire 1/1 (0.4vs) v Derbyshire: A Davies c Groenewald b Durston 0
    5/23/2014 6:48:10 PM
  • [50] Jim in the runs
    Glamorgan's Jim Allenby is the latest player to reach his half-century. He is 53* (38) with Glamorgan 131/2 (14.2ovs) v Essex
    5/23/2014 6:49:49 PM
  • Man on form: James Vince reached 50 for Hampshire again vs Sussex

    5/23/2014 6:51:21 PM
  • CHASE IS ON
    Somerset require 165 to beat Kent in just 13 overs. A fantastic effort from the Spitfires down at Taunton and those runs will take some getting
    5/23/2014 6:54:04 PM
  • [wicket] WICKET!
    A big wicket at Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 44/2 (5.3ovs) v Worcs: J Taylor run out 12 (8)
    5/23/2014 6:55:14 PM
  • [50] FOXES FIRING
    Josh Cobb has just reached 50 in 31 balls for Leicestershire against Northants. Foxes are 106/1 in the 11th over
    5/23/2014 6:58:17 PM
  • Match abandoned at Edgbaston. One point each for @CricketingBears & @Yorkshireccc #t20 #BirmvYorks
  • MATCH ABANDONED
    The rain is the only winner at Edgbaston where Birmingham Bears and Yorkshire Vikings leave with one point each
    5/23/2014 7:00:22 PM
  • @RickyCorbin : @MichaelVaughan fancy making a guest appearance at my stag do Michael?” No interest at all ... But thanks for the offer
  • RESULT
    Lancashire win by 20 runs
    Derbyshire 149/5 (19/19 overs, target: 170) v Lancashire. Steven Croft and Karl Brown helped Lancs to victory. Croft remained not out on 76 from 52 deliveries while Brown was 67 not out from 50 balls. Kabir Ali was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-27 from his four overs.
    5/23/2014 9:53:52 PM
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