Middlesex's heavy win propelled them from bottom to third in the table with one game remaining - although Essex, Kent and Surrey all have a game in hand.
Middlesex pushed on to a second declaration after Steven Finn's four-wicket haul and set Essex 452 or a day to survive at Lord's
Four wickets in nine balls for Sam Curran leaves Surrey needing victory in their final game and condemns Gloucestershire to a bottom-place finish
Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond threw off his helmet and leapt, punching the air, after his unbeaten 112 eased Spitfires to an eight-wicket NatWest T20 Blast win over Surrey in Tunbridge Wells
A five-wicket win for Surrey in a rain-affected game against Middlesex at Lord's completed the quarter-final line-up of the Royal London Cup