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Trego targeting Lord's trip

Fit-again Peter Trego is determined to continue his fine form in the Yorkshire Bank 40 and help Somerset overcome Notts Outlaws to reach a third final in four seasons.

The 32-year-old missed the deciding game in Group C against Gloucestershire Gladiators with a hand injury but has declared himself fit for Monday's last-four clash at Trent Bridge.

Trego is the leading run-scorer in this year's competition and hit an unbeaten 140 in his last format appearance against Yorkshire Vikings. He now hopes for two more big knocks to help his side towards glory.

"I've been pretty happy (with my performances)," he told "The volume of runs I have in one-day cricket is very important and I'm obviously very hungry to add a few more in, hopefully, the next two games.

"From a personal point of view - where I've had to overcome the setback with the injury - I've very much got the eyes on Monday night. All the guys are motivated to get through to that Lord's final, which is a great occasion for any cricketer."

Trego's return to fitness is a boost for Somerset, who have Steve Kirby and Adam Dibble struggling with injuries and Jos Buttler and Jamie Overton on England one-day international duty.

Somerset qualified for the last four by topping Group C on net run-rate from Glamorgan - who await the winners in the final following their 31-run defeat of Hampshire Royals in the first semi-final - thanks to their last-day win over the Gladiators.

Trego believes the fact the group went down to the wire will stand his side in good stead for another must-win encounter.

He said: "In many ways, the way we have gone through in previous years when we've pretty much dominated the whole competition, the last three games have been sort of dead rubbers almost, so that intensity drops off.

Peter Trego has hit 705 runs in 11 Yorkshire Bank 40 fixtures this season, including five fifties and two hundreds to help Somerset book a semi-final meeting with Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge"I think it's actually a positive that we've had to play competitive cricket, very meaningful cricket, the whole way through."

The Outlaws also needed a last-day victory to secure their place in the last four. David Hussey scored the winning runs in a five-wicket defeat of Kent Spitfires at Canterbury that kept Notts ahead of Northants Steelbacks in Group A.

Hussey believes his side are in good form and thinks the semi-final will come down to the smallest of margins.

"All the boys are hitting the ball quite well and bowling particularly well as well so all the skills are up," he told Notts' official website.

"I truly believe if one team does the basics better than the opposition you generally win the game. If we do the things that we can control well then I think we can come out on top.

"They're star-studded and they're brilliantly led by Marcus Trescothick so we're expecting a good, high-class contest and I know all the boys are champing at the bit. We can't wait to get out there at our home ground, and we're going to put on a decent show."

Notts won four out of six games at Trent Bridge during the group phase and Hussey wants to see his side make the most of home advantage once again.

"We play particularly well here," he added. "It's definitely home-ground advantage and hopefully we can execute our skills on the day.

"The fans are fantastic; hopefully that continues as a big bumper crowd will be superb."

Trego expects Somerset to gain inspiration from the venue.

"Trent Bridge is a fantastic ground to play at. I'm certainly very excited to play there," he said.

"(The wicket) suits our play as well so I don't see it as a huge disadvantage and I think the fact Trent Bridge is such a nice ground might even raise the guys to realise what an occasion we are involved in."

The two sides will battle once more this season following Monday's contest, though that meeting is set to come in entirely different circumstances as both seek to avoid LV= County Championship relegation.

While Notts and Somerset are both chasing silverware in the YB40, the red-ball format has seen the teams struggle towards the bottom end of Division One.

Trego does not feel that will have any bearing on the 40-over contest.

"Emotionally you've got to separate yourself from each competition," he said. "Obviously the championship has been a bit of a struggle for us this year but the one-day cricket has gone pretty well, getting to the quarter-finals in the t20 and now in the semi-final.

"So our one-day cricket has been really good; that (the LV=CC) won't affect us going into an important game."

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