Notts ease into YB40 final
Nottinghamshire advanced through to the final of the Yorkshire Bank 40 after completing an eight-wicket victory over Somerset at Trent Bridge.
The visitors were dismissed for just 119 in only 25.4 overs after being put in to bat, and Michael Lumb quickly steered his side to their first domestic one-day final since 1989 with a hard-hitting 46 as Notts reached their target with 112 balls to spare.
Lumb stroked 10 boundaries in his 38-ball stay at the crease and had set the Outlaws on course for their success before edging behind off Jamie Overton, who was playing after he was released from England's one-day international squad.
Somerset had earlier struggled to overcome the loss of their captain Marcus Trescothick in the first over and continued to lose key wickets at regular intervals, with Jake Ball taking career-best figures of four for 25 and Steven Mullaney collecting three for 35.
After rain had delayed the start and reduced the contest to 35 overs per side, it took Notts only four deliveries to make the initial breakthrough, as wicketkeeper Chris Read dived forward to cling on to a faint edge from Trescothick off Harry Gurney.
Craig Kieswetter led a fightback of sorts, hitting two mighty sixes in his 22 before also falling to a catch at the wicket off Ajmal Shahzad.
Nick Compton fell to a terrific take by David Hussey, running away from the wicket and judging the ball beautifully as it came over his shoulder at extra cover.
Somerset's woes deepened with the swift departure of James Hildreth, who lost his middle stump to Ball.
Peter Trego, who made 40, and Lewis Gregory succumbed to Mullaney's change of pace with both tamely offering return catches to the bowler.
Ball had the left-handed Piyush Chawla caught behind, before dismissing Alfonso Thomas and Overton, both to lbw decisions, with consecutive deliveries.
Steve Kirby, who was last out to Shahzad, quickly removed Alex Hales as Nottinghamshire began their reply but Lumb's assault and an unbroken stand of 60 in 6.4 overs between Samit Patel and James Taylor saw the county through to their fifth major one-day final.
Whilst Somerset's attentions must now return to saving their LV= County Championship Division One status, Notts can now look forward to facing Glamorgan in the final at Lord's on September 21.
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