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Chris Gayle helped power Somerset to victory.

Chris Gayle and Mahela Jayawardene guide Somerset to win over Hampshire

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Chris Gayle crashed a 37-ball half-century as Somerset cruised to their second NatWest T20 Blast success of the season with a six-wicket win against South Group rivals Hampshire at Taunton.

Gayle bludgeoned three huge sixes and four fours on his way to 52 before being bowled by Will Smith to help lift Somerset towards their target of 134, which they went on to pass in only the 16th over.

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Mahela Jayawardene provided substantial support and then saw Somerset home with an unbeaten 45 off 32 deliveries, which included six fours and one six.

Somerset pair Jamie Overton and Max Waller had earlier taken four wickets apiece as Hampshire were restricted to a meagre 133 all out.

Paceman Overton took the wickets of Hampshire opener Michael Carberry (17), skipper James Vince (10), West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy (nought) and Gareth Berg (four) at a cost of 22 runs, while Waller took four for 33.

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Yorkshire clinched their first T20 Blast win of the season, by one run under Duckworth/Lewis rules against Derbyshire in a rain-affected clash at Headingley.

Chasing Derbyshire's total of 153 for nine, Yorkshire, the only side not to have recorded a win in the competition before Sunday, faced only nine overs but reached 67 for three, which was enough to clinch a much-needed victory.

Opener Adam Lyth hit two sixes and three fours in a 16-ball 30 and New Zealander Kane Williamson also cleared the boundary once on his way to 21 off 20 deliveries. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, unbeaten on five and three respectively, took the White Rose county past their readjusted target.

Yorkshire had earlier taken wickets at regular intervals with Tim Bresnan (three for 22) and Azeem Rafiq (two for 33) the pick of the bowlers.

Warwickshire moved level on points with Northamptonshire and Worcestershire at the top of the North Group table as they won by 18 runs under the D/L method at rain-soaked Edgbaston.

The home side reached 144 for nine and when set a revised target of 58 off 6.3 overs, Lancashire could muster only 39 for four, with Rikki Clarke dismissing opener Jordan Clark and Jos Buttler cheaply, both caught and bowled.

Kiwi Luke Ronchi was the only Warwickshire batsman to make serious headway against Lancashire's attack as he crashed four sixes and three fours to reach 53 off 35 balls before being caught by George Edwards in the 19th over off Nathan Buck, who took four for 26.

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