Cricket: Blackcaps pair Devon Conway and Finn Allen play starring roles in English T20 Blast victories

Blackcaps batsmen Devon Conway and Finn Allen have had standout days playing in England's T20 Blast, making match-winning scores for Somerset and Lancashire respectively.

Opening the batting for Somerset against Glamorgan, Conway scored an unbeaten 70 from 52 balls, hitting nine boundaries and one six.

Conway batted through the entire innings as Somerset scored 181/5 from their 20 overs in Cardiff.

Glamorgan could only muster 107 in reply, bowled out in the 18th over to lose by 74 runs - with Conway taking the man-of-the-match award.

The win leaves Somerset second in the T20 Blast's South Group, with seven wins, four losses and two no-results from their 13 matches played, sitting only behind Kent on the latter.

Elsewhere in Manchester, Conway's New Zealand and Wellington teammate Allen was in just-as-impressive form, hammering a 28-ball 66 for Lancashire against Durham.

Allen, 22, plundered eight boundaries and three sixes in his knock, finishing with a sublime strike rate of 235.71.

By the time he was out in the ninth over, Allen had added 101 for the first wicket alongside former England opening batsman Keaton Jennings (43).

Allen's contribution was nearly a third of Lancashire's 199/5 from their 20 overs.

Durham came agonisingly close in their chase, reaching 193/5. Half-centuries to South Africa's David Bedingham (50 from 24) and Sean Dickson (53 from 33) got Durham close, only for Lancashire to close out victory.

But despite his display, Allen was surprisingly overlooked for man-of-the-match, with that honour going to Alex Davies, who scored 56 from 40 balls at an inferior strike rate to the Kiwi batsman.

The win sees Lancashire third in the T20 Blast's North Group with 14 points, behind second placed Yorkshire (15 points) and table topping Nottinghamshire (19).

New Zealand's Glenn Phillips added to his tally as the T20 Blast's leading run scorer, adding another 48 to his tally, even as his Gloucestershire side fell to a seven-wicket defeat to Surrey. 

Phillips has so far scored 471 runs at an average of 58.87 for Gloucestershire, including three half-centuries, and two separate scores of 94 not out.

Fellow Blackcap Colin de Grandhomme was also in action for Hampshire, scoring 32 from 25 balls in their 18-run victory over Essex - who have New Zealand's Jimmy Neesham as an overseas player.

Neesham didn't fare as well as his international teammates, scoring two from five balls and taking 0/15 from his two overs.