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Middlesex left in Twenty20 limbo

Kent will play Essex in the Twenty20 Cup semi-finals, but Middlesex will have to wait to discover the identity of their opponents.

They will play either Nottinghamshire or Durham who are due to meet in the quarter-finals following Yorkshire's explusion from the competition.

The Tykes were punished after Azeem Rafiq, who played in a group match against Notts, was found to ineligible.

However, both Yorkshire and Durham may appeal against the outcome.

The two counties were due to meet in the quarter-finals on Monday, but the issue of Rafiq's registration led to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) postponing the match.

An ECB disciplinary panel decided on Thursday that Yorkshire should be penalised as officials at the county had been aware of doubts about Rafiq's status for more than a year.

Yorkshire feel they have been harshly treated, while Durham argue they should progress straight to the semi-finals.

Both those matches and the Twenty20 Cup final itself are scheduled to take place on Saturday 26 July at the Rose Bowl in Hampshire.

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