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I imagine a few of the Somerset lads will have woken up with sore heads after celebrating our win over Essex in the Friends Life t20 quarter-final last night.

It was a great performance - everyone contributed - and some of the boys decided to toast the victory with a night on the cider. Taunton on a Tuesday night isn’t exactly banging though.

We batted first and got off to the worst possible start when Craig [Kieswetter] was caught off the first ball. He’s been batting so well recently with back-to-back hundreds, one of which pretty much won our championship game against Warwickshire.

He was so full of confidence and tried to hit his first ball out of the park. He’d do it most times but not last night.

Watching Tres walk in at number three was quite strange. When the umpires walked out at the start of the game it was odd seeing Tres still getting ready in the pavilion. I thought ‘what are you doing? You should be out there’. Going in after one ball was the same as opening anyway.

After that we kept going at a decent rate but lost wickets at crucial times. That’s something we need to improve on as we probably lost two overs rebuilding after losing those wickets.

I went in at 56 for three. My role in the team is to bat for the others who are all big hitters, which in this case was Jos Buttler, who was already at the crease when I went in.

My game plan is to manipulate the ball into the gaps while the likes of Buttler and Tres try to clear the ropes. I’ve never been a big six hitter - I leave that to the other guys.

Lewis Gregory & James Hildreth

I was really pleased with how I batted last night, especially as I had to up the tempo once Jos Buttler was caught out

After Jos was out I opened up and bit and was pleased with my 58 from 36 balls.

Twenty20 has gone well for me this year. I think I know which areas to target and it came off for me yesterday.

I thought our total of 175 for six was just above par. The wicket wasn’t an absolute belter like we normally have. There was a bit in it for the bowlers.

The way we started off with the ball was crucial. Getting the early wickets of two of their international players - Ravi Bopara and Owais Shah - went a big way to us winning the game.

Getting Alastair Cook out was a huge moment in the game but we knew what Ryan ten Doeschate was capable of and it got quite close towards the end.

We are thrilled to be at finals day again. It’s our fourth in as many years and my fifth including 2005 which we won. That means I have played in half of the finals days since Twenty20 started 10 years ago.

We think we can win it. We have been winning games in all formats recently so our confidence is really high.

I don’t mind who we play when we get there. I saw some of the Sussex game last night and Scott Styris was unbelievable. But there is no point worrying about him or other players though. It sounds clichéd but we just have to focus on what we do well as a team.