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Abell and Lammonby send Somerset to Finals Day

Tom Abell and Tom Lammonby put on a magnificent partnership as Somerset beat Lancashire Lightning in the Vitality Blast quarter-final

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Abell and Lammonby send Somerset to Finals Day

Tom Lammonby and Tom Abell

Somerset 185/3 beat Lancashire Lightning 184/9 by seven wickets

Livi goes big... again

Liam Livingstone continues to have quite the summer. He got his Lancashire Lightning side off to a blistering start at The Cooper Associates County Ground, smashing a rapid 25 from just 10 balls. It included three sixes, the first of which he barely got hold of and played one-handed. 

Roelof van der Merwe Magician

Niall O'Brien will be the first to tell you: Roelof van der Merwe doesn't spin the ball a huge amount. But he turns it enough and deceives so many batsmen up and down the land. Thursday evening was no different as he claimed four wickets for 27. He picked up the early wicket of Livingstone and then Alex Davies three balls later to make an impact, and returned to remove Josh Bohannon and Luke Wells.

Toms on fire

What an innings by Tom Abell. 78 from 45 to help Somerset into Finals Day in an epic run chase. When Will Smeed went, Somerset still needed 102 from 59 balls. Abell looked every bit the top class player county fans know he is, crunching the ball through the covers and crashing it into the block of flats at midwicket. Tom Lammonby took his time to get going but found his rhythm and score 47 from 28 himself. Together the Toms added the required 102 from 50 balls to seal victory.

Super Smeed 

Will Smeed is some talent. He struck 44 from 33 to get Somerset off to a powerful start, despite the loss of Tom Banton and James Hildreth in the Powerplay. Smeed made use of his life - caught on a no ball - and made Lancashire's bowlers pay, the best of which came via this 99 metre six.

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