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Weather hits Twenty20 Cup ties

Heavy rain played a major part in tonight's Twenty20 Cup action, three games were called off and the two remaining matches were played in atrocious conditions.

Good evening and welcome to cricket20's live coverage of the 2007 Twenty20 Cup.

The action continues today and we will be at the County Ground, Bristol to see Gloucestershire take on Worcestershire in a south west local derby.

The other remaining game today is at Southgate in north London where Middlesex entertain Hampshire, after poor starts both sides will be looking to kick start their campaigns.

The three other games today at Trent Bridge between Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, Derbyshire vs Durham at the County Ground Derby and the Roses clash at Headingley involving Yorkshire and Lancashire have already been called off due to water logged pitches.

20:31 - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire
Its all over at Bristol, Gloucestershire win by 9 wickets in the pouring rain.

20:27 - Middlesex vs Hampshire
Its chaos at Southgate with Hampshire losing two wickets in the last over and James Bruce hits a huge six but it's not enough and Middlesex get their first win in the group stages.

20:21 - Middlesex vs Hampshire
With an over to go victory looks in sight for Middlesex with Hampshire needing 15.

20:20 - Wicket - Middlesex vs Hampshire :: 59-6
Nick Compton makes it catch number three to dismiss Gareth Lamb for 7 off the bowling of Jamie Dalrymple.

20:16 - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire
The rain is starting to fall at the County Ground but they are going to try and finish the game.

20:16 - Wicket - Middlesex vs Hampshire :: 54-5
Sean Irvine is the latest man to go, Nick Compton takes his second catch of the night to remove him for 16 off the bowling of Murali Kartik.

20:15 - Wicket - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire :: 50-1
Worcestershire finally make a breakful, Hamish Marshall retires hurt and then the very next ball Spearman goes caught behind by Steve Davies for 12 off the bowling of Nadeem Malik.

20:08 - Wicket - Middlesex vs Hampshire :: 43-4
Chad Keegen's night just gets better and better, he picks up his third wicket catching Chris Benham off his own bowling for 3.

20:00 - Wicket - Middlesex vs Hampshire :: 30-3
Hampshire are struggling, Chad Keegen traps Michael Lumb LBW for his second wicket of the night, Lumb goes for 22.

19:55 - Wicket - Middlesex vs Hampshire :: 21-2
Middlesex are making a fight of this, Tyron Henderson gets the wicket of Adam Voges who goes for 6 thanks to a catch from Nick Compton.

19:48 Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire
Spearman and Marshall walk out onto the pitch at the County Ground to chase down the target of 102.

19:45 - Wicket - Middlesex vs Hampshire :: 7-1
Hampshire lose their first wicket, Ben Smith takes the catch, Chad Keegan the wicket and Michael Carberry goes for 1.

19:43 - Wicket - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire :: 101-7
Thats the end of the innings, Gareth Batty goes last ball to give Gloucestershire a target of 102 to win.

19:40 - Wicket - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire :: 91-6
Hamish Marshall takes another great catch removing Kabir Ali for 6, thats Ben Edmondson's second wicket.

19:38 - Middlesex vs Hampshire
Hampshire come out at Southgate looking for their first win at the third attempt.

19:37 - Wicket - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire :: 83-5
Ben Smith goes for 18, bowled by Ben Edmondson.

19:33 - Middlesex vs Hampshire
Middlesex have finished their 12 overs and have ended up 73/7, after Saturdays defeat at The Brit Oval Hampshire will feel more confident chasing down a low score.

19:31 - Wicket - Middlesex vs Hampshire :: 70-7
Middlesex are collapsing, Ben Hutton goes for 3 off the bowling of Tremlett.

19:30 - Wicket - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire :: 66-4
Roger Sillence goes first ball to give Fisher wicket number two.

19:29 - Wicket - Middlesex vs Hampshire :: 61-6
Voges picks up his second wicket of the night removing Nick Compton for 8 thanks to a catch from Tremlett.

19:26 - Wicket - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire :: 59-3
Hamish Marshall takes a great catch on the boundary to remove Moeen Ali, thats Ian Fishers first wicket of the night.

19:22 - Wicket - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire :: 49-2
Vikram Solanki goes for 13 stumped by Steve Adshead off the bowling of Hardinges.

19:20 - Wicket - Middlesex vs Hampshire :: 57-5
The wickets are tumbling now, CHad Keegan goes for 8, its another catch for Ervice off the bowling of Adam Voges.

19:18 - Wicket - Middlesex vs Hampshire :: 49-4
Middlesex are in trouble, Jamie Dalrymple goes for just 5, he was caught by Sean Ervine off the bowling of Greg Lamb.

19:13 - Wicket - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire :: 41-1
Graham Hick goes for a 15 ball 32 after being caught by Craig Spearman off the bowling of Mark Hardinges.

19:09 - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire
Worcestershire are really going for it reaching 23-0 after 2 overs.

19:06 - Wicket - Middlesex vs Hampshire :: 36-3
Ed Smith goes for 21, caught by James Bruce off the bowling of Billy Taylor.

19:04 - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire
After one over Worcestershire are 7-0 with nine overs left to set Gloucestershire a big score.

18:59 - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire
Play has started, their taking a chance with the rain coming but started they have.

18:55 - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire
The covers have come back on at Bristol, the ground staff have covered the wicket but not the bowlers run ups, its only light rain at the present time but there is heavier rain predicted to come.

18:54 - Wicket - Middlesex vs Hampshire :: 19-2
Tremlett picks up his second wicket of the night bowling Tyron Henderson for 1.

18:47 - Wicket - Middlesex vs Hampshire :: 11-1
The first wicket of the night has gone down, Eoin Morgan is caught behind by Nick Pothas off the bowling of Chris Tremlett for 9.

18:44 - Middlesex vs Hampshire
After the 1st over of 12 Middlesex are 7-0.

18:35 - Middlesex vs Hampshire
Hampshire have won the toss and with yesterdays defeat still in their minds they will field first.

Middlesex
M Kartik, EJG Morgan, ET Smith, BJM Scott, CB Keegan, TJ Murtagh, JWM Dalrymple, BL Hutton, NRD Compton, T Henderson, EC Joyce

Hampshire
BV Taylor, N Pothas, GA Lamb, SM Ervine, MA Carberry, MJ Lumb, AC Voges, JHK Adams, CC Benham, JTA Bruce, CT Tremlett

18:31 - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire
Gloucestershire have won the toss and will bat first at the County Ground.

Gloucestershire
CG Taylor, AJ Ireland, ID Fisher, BM Edmondson, MA Hardinges, CM Spearman, CG Greenidge, APR Gidman, DO Brown, SJ Adshead, HJH Marshall

Worcestershire
VS Solanki, GJ Batty, DE Bollinger, Kabir Ali, GA Hick, MM Ali, RW Price, BF Smith, SM Davies, RJ Sillence, MN Malik

18:17 - Middlesex vs Hampshire
The pitch inspection as been made and the game will go ahead, the start is scheduled to start at 18:40 and it will be a 12 over a side match.

18:11 - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire
Play will start at 19:00 but with heavy rain on its way it might not even get going.

18:06 - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire
Good news from Bristol, the umpires are happy to get started with a 10 over a side game, no start time as been annouced yet but they better be quick with rain scheduled to hit the west country around 19:00.

17:42 - Derbyshire vs Durham
Another game has bite the dust, the rain is falling at the County Ground and the game as been called off.

17:34 - Middlesex vs Hampshire
The rain as stopped and the sun is out, if it dosen't rain anymore the game should be clear to start after the pitch inspection at 18:00 but reduced to 10 overs a side.

17:10 - Gloucestershire vs Worcestershire
The covers are on at the County Ground and there will be a pitch inspection at 18:15.

17:06 - Middlesex vs Hampshire
The covers are on at Southgate and there will be a pitch inspection at 18:00.

12:22 - Yorkshire vs Lancashire
Tonights Twenty20 Cup game between the Yorkshire and Lancashire at Headingley Carnegie has been abandoned due to the wet conditions.

West Yorkshire has been deluge by heavy rain over the past couple of days and the forecast is for more rain today. The Match Umpire carried out an inspection at noon and has decided the match will not go ahead.

12:15 - Nottinghamshire vs Leicestershire
The game between Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire has been called off due to a waterlogged outfield at Trent Bridge.

Torrential rain in the past two weeks saturated the ground and although the groundstaff worked wonders to make it possible to stage Saturday’s game against Lancashire, more bad weather overnight ruled out the possibility of cricket being played today.

source - cricket20.com
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