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Steven Croft receives the NatWest Blast trophy

NatWest T20 Blast

T20 Finals Day figures slump to record low

The viewing figures for last month's T20 Finals Day at Edgbaston were 10 per cent down on the previous lowest recorded in 2013, and 498,000 worse than the highest recorded in 2005

Zafar Ansari went on to make a century

Surrey v Derbyshire, LV= Championship, Kia Oval, 3rd day

Ansari leads Surrey plunder

Derbyshire began the third day with thoughts of perhaps forcing a first-innings lead but ended it trailing by 247 runs after Surrey plundered 560

Rory Burns made 92 before falling to Wes Durston

Surrey v Derbyshire, LV= Championship, Kia Oval, 2nd day

Derbyshire show their steel to curtail Surrey

After nearly decade without a first-class trophy Surrey hardly need to be reminded how tough county cricket, regardless of the division, can be

Zafar Ansari worked through Derbyshire's top order

Surrey v Derbyshire, LV= Championship, Kia Oval, 1st day

Ansari presses his case for England call-up

On a rain-marred first day in which Surrey collected the first of the 15 points they require to guarantee promotion back to the top tier of the County Championship, they found themselves in a better position than their fielding deserved

Jos Buttler playing for Lancashire in the NatWest Blast

NatWest Blast Finals Day

Why England's T20 could do with a format revamp

While the franchise system might seem impractical, splitting the T20 Blast into two divisions could be a win-win situation for the ECB and the counties

Chris Wood took a blow to the face with the light fading

Worcestershire v Hampshire, NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final, New Road

Spotlight on ECB after floodlight failure

Holding an evening knockout fixture on a ground without floodlights betrays a lack of common sense. If the ECB is to back the 18-county structure for T20, it needs to take greater responsibility

James Vince raced to a half-century off 37 balls

Worcestershire v Hampshire, NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final, New Road

Lack of floodlights costs Worcs after dazzling Vince ton

The NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final between Worcestershire and Hampshire ended in farcical circumstances as bad light at New Road - a ground with no floodlights - forced an early end to proceedings

Jesse Ryder's hundred ensured Essex built a huge lead

Essex v Middlesex, NatWest T20 Blast, South Group, Chelmsford

Scott bears the brunt of Chelmsford's scorn

George Scott had been part of Middlesex 2nd XI's cup-winning side 24 hours earlier. It was a different feeling when he started dropping catches in front of a boisterous Chelmsford crowd