Somerset, Warwickshire set up RLODC semi-final meeting
Warwickshire will host Somerset in one Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final after both teams convincingly won their quarter-finals against Essex and Worcestershire respectlvely.
Edgbaston: Warwickshire 283-7 beat Essex Eagles 213 by 70 runs
Jonathan Trott's third century in his last four Royal London One-Day Cup innings helped set up Warwickshire's 70-run win over Essex at Edgbaston.
While Trott, opening the batting, started strongly, so too did Essex who saw off Sam Hain (18) and Ian Bell (0) cheaply.
Trott found support from Tim Ambrose, who contributed 60 to a stand of 136 for the third wicket, and Laurie Evans, who hit 70 not out in 53 balls.
Trott fell for 101 in 124 balls in the 43rd over to Ashar Zaidi and a brace of wickets for Ryan ten Doeschate and three for Graham Napier kept Warwickshire below 300 and gave the away side a chance.
Essex made a good start with the bat, Nick Browne hitting 39 and Tom Westley 61 before things started to unravel for them.
Those two put on 75 before they lost six wickets for 59 runs, Warwickshire's slower bowlers putting them under enormous pressure.
Ateeq Javid broke the opening stand, Josh Poysden removed Westley, Jess Ryder (3) and Jaik Mickleburgh (3) and Jeetan Patel had Essex captain Ravi Bopara caught by Trott for nine before Javid had Zaidi caught by Bell for seven.
Ten Doeschate tried to mount a comeback, striking 53 in 52 balls, but the damage had been done and wickets kept falling. James Foster (14), Napier (17) and Masters (0) fell to Rikki Clarke, Chris Wright and Patel respectively before ten Doeschate was last man out, trapped in front by Patel as Warwickshire put the seal on a comprehensive performance.
Patel finished with three for 32, Poysden three for 46, Javid two for 30, Wright one for 22 and Clarke one for 36.
Taunton: Somerset 214-1 beat Worcestershire 210 by nine wickets
Somerset were excellent with bat and ball as they dismissed Worcestershire's challenge to win by nine wickets in Taunton.
Batting first, Worcestershire were bowled out for 210 and Somerset reached their target with almost 15 overs to spare, a fine century from Mahela Jayawardene guiding them home.
He carried off the man-of-the-match award for his efforts, which followed up those of his side's bowlers.
Craig Overton (2-29) and Josh Davey (2-28) made early breakthroughs to reduce Worcestershire to 40 for three before Moeen Ali and Daryl Mitchell combined to put on 113 for the fourth wicket.
Somerset fought back, Peter Trego having Moeen caught by Max Waller for 81 in 76 balls and from there they never relinquished control, Worcestershire's last seven wickets falling for just 55 runs.
Mitchell went for 64 to Trego, who also bowled Ross Whiteley for a duck to claim three for 33 and there was a wicket apiece for Roelof van der Merwe and Lewis Gregory to complete Worcestershire's collapse.
In reply, Somerset openers Jayawardene and Jim Allenby got stuck into the Worcestershire bowlers and put on 188 runs in 33.1 overs to all but win the game together.
Allenby made 81 in 96 balls including 10 fours and a six before he was caught by Tom Fell off Moeen while the imperious Jayawardene remained not out on 117 in 111 balls with 14 fours and two sixes.
Trego completed a decent all-round match with 10 not out in 14 balls as the winning runs were hit in 36.5 overs.
Tomorrow's quarter-finals see Northants Steelbacks host Surrey and Kent Spitfires welcome Yorkshire Vikings to Canterbury.
Warwickshire will play Somerset in one semi-final on either 28th or 29th August.
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