T20 Blast: Yorkshire, Essex and Durham join Nottinghamshire in quarter-finals

Birmingham Bears

Yorkshire, Essex and Durham claimed the final three quarter-final spots in the last round of T20 Blast group matches.

Essex drew to go through after rain abandoned their game with Glamorgan, while Yorkshire and Durham both won.

They are joined in the last eight by Nottinghamshire, Middlesex, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire, who had already reached the last eight.

Notts will host Essex, while Northants play Middlesex, Gloucestershire face Durham and Yorkshire go to Glamorgan.

Holders Birmingham Bears needed victory to guarantee their progress, but lost a low-scoring match at Lancashire to crash out of the competition.

The T20 Blast quarter-final line-up:

  • Nottinghamshire v Essex (Monday, 8 August)
  • Northants v Middlesex (Tuesday, 9 August)
  • Gloucestershire v Durham (Wednesday, 10 August)
  • Glamorgan v Yorkshire (Thursday, 11 August)

Roy of the Rovers

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With both sides needing to win to have any chance of making the quarter-finals, Surrey’s game against Kent was always likely to be full-bloodied – and England opener Jason Roy did not disappoint.

His unbeaten 120 from 62 deliveries included 15 fours and a further three sixes, helping propel the hosts to 212-4 at The Oval.

His opening partnership of 187 with Australia batsman Aaron Finch (79) was just five runs short of the biggest-ever partnership in Twenty20 cricket in this country – and only 14 shy of the best opening stand of all time.

It might have been enough to put Surrey through had Essex lost, but in the end the big-hitting was in vain as the abandonment at Chelmsford sent both the Brown Caps and Kent out.

Notts pair hit quickfire half-centuries together

Dan Christian and Michael Lumb<!–

We may be used to seeing batsmen making 50 in the blink of an eye, but Nottinghamshire’s Daniel Christian and Michael Lumb hit two of the fastest half-centuries in history at the same time in their rain-hit win against Leicestershire.

Christian struck six sixes and four fours on his way to a 16-ball half-century – the joint 11th-fastest 50 in T20 history – while Lumb managed the same milestone with one more ball, putting him level 16th on the list.

Nottinghamshire topped the North Group with eight victories from their 14 games.

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