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Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler savours an unlikely Somerset victory, having plundered 66 off 4.2 overs with the equally destructive Kieron Pollard

Brutal hitting from West Indian Kieron Pollard propelled Somerset to a stunning victory over Nottinghamshire in the Friends Life t20 quarter-final.

Chasing 170 to win, the visitors appeared second favourites with 63 needed off the last five overs, only for Pollard, with 47 not out from 25 balls, and Jos Buttler, who struck 34 not out from 14, to carry them to a six-wicket win with five balls to spare.

Earlier, Nottinghamshire made 169 for five after winning the toss, with England Lions opener Alex Hales hitting 78.

In reply, Craig Kieswetter's 49 set the foundations for Pollard and Buttler's remarkable partnership, with 66 runs coming off just 4.2 overs.

Notts had gone through the group stages unbeaten at Trent Bridge based on a simple strategy of batting first, compiling large totals and strangling the opposition.

But they had not faced a batting line-up with the power-hitting capabilities of Somerset, and there was always the danger that their total was not going to be enough.

Apart from Hales, who hit six fours and three sixes in his 51-ball innings, no other Notts batsman was able to score freely, and Samit Patel struggled in making 28 from 27 deliveries.

Hales and Patel put on 60 in 7.4 overs before Chris Read supplied some late momentum, hitting a four and a six in his 23 not out from 12 balls.

Home hopes were raised following an excellent start from opening bowlers Luke Fletcher and Darren Pattinson, with Fletcher removing Marcus Trescothick for three during a wicket maiden.

Kieswetter got Somerset back up with the required run-rate alongside Peter Trego before the latter was stumped for 22 off Patel, with James Hildreth departing in similar fashion four overs later off Graeme White.

Pollard hit the first of his four sixes into the second tier of the Radcliffe Road stand before Kieswetter was caught at cover off Pattinson, but Pollard smashed two more sixes off Patel's next over.

The game rapidly slipped away from Notts, with the turning point being the 18th over, which saw Andre Adams concede 20, including three fours and another Pollard six.

Buttler, who was dropped twice, finished proceedings with a scoop shot off Adams to fine-leg for four, to book Somerset a spot at finals days for the second year running.

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