Marcus Trescothick stars as Somerset see off Essex
CLYDESDALE BANK SEMI-FINAL, Taunton: Somerset 312-6 beat Essex 217 by 95 runs Match scorecard
Essex skipper Foster looks on as Trescothick flays another boundary
Somerset booked their place in the CB40 final at Lord's against Warwickshire next Saturday with an easy 95-run win.
Home skipper Marcus Trescothick made a fourth CB40 half century of 2010, with 79 off 62 balls in his side's 312-6.
He was well supported by Nick Compton (55), Jimmy Hildreth (46) and two very rapid knocks from Arul Suppiah (42 in 20) and Jos Buttler (36 in 18).
Essex lost Mark Pettini to the first ball of their reply, Alastair Cook soon followed - and they never recovered.
That put beaten Twenty20 finalists Somerset through to their second one-day final of the season.
It will be Somerset's first trip to a Lord's final since losing to Yorkshire by six wickets in the C &G Trophy - a year on from their last win there, a 41-run victory over Leicestershire the previous year.
And it looked on the cards almost from the moment that, having to chose bat first at Taunton, Somerset captain Trescothick drove the second ball of the innings to the cover boundary, an exercise he repeated three balls later.
Trescothick hit the first six of the game in the next when he lofted Tony Palladino over mid-wicket.
And, although Palladino responded by accounting for Craig Kieswetter, caught at deep mid-wicket, Trescothick continued to blitz the Essex attack.
Peter Trego (33) helped him add 81 in 12 overs before giving a return catch to Danish Kaneria with the score on 113. And Trescothick then went, bowled trying to steer the ball to third man.
Hildreth and Compton stayed together to add 76 for the fourth wicket before Hildreth became Kaneria's second victim when he hit the ball straight to cover.
Compton was next to be dismissed with the total on 247 after scoring his 55 off 64 balls but Buttler and Suppiah added some late fireworks to send Somerset out of sight.
Somerset seamer Thomas then struck immediately when he had Pettini caught at mid off off his first ball.
And the visitors' chase went from bad to worse when they lost key men Cook, who gave a catch to short extra cover, and Ryan ten Doeschate, run out for 22 after a direct hit by Hildreth, with the score on 33.
Grant Flower and Matt Walker started to rebuild the Essex innings, bringing up the 50 in the eighth over. But another needless run out undermined the visitors' efforts.
Flower clipped the ball off his legs to deep square leg and attempted a second run, only to find himself short of his ground when Buttler fired the ball in for wicketkeeper Kieswetter to remove the bails.
Matt Walker brought up the Essex 100 in the 16th over, before taking 17 off the next was bowled by Suppiah during which Walker he was dropped just inside the boundary ropes.
But, two overs later, Walker drove Kartik to deep mid-wicket where Thomas made amends for his previous error by bagging the catch.
From 139-5, Essex skipper James Foster struck the ball cleanly and brought up his own half century and his side's 200 with a lofted cover drive off Thomas in the 27th over.
But, in the same over, he went for another big drive and was caught inside the long on boundary by Buttler for 58 off 38 balls - and that prompted a collapse of five wickets for just nine runs as the Essex chase ended abruptly.
Essex captain James Foster told BBC Essex:
"It looks a huge margin, but it was a little bit tighter than it looks.
"Unfortunately it wasn't to be. I thought Somerset played exceptionally well.
"And I definitely think they're the benchmark in all forms of the game at the moment."
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