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Surrey and last year’s runners-up Somerset will meet in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Final at Lord’s on Saturday 17 September, after winning their rain affected semi-finals.
Somerset, county cricket’s nearly men for the past three seasons, beat Durham by 38 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method in Taunton.
Meanwhile at the Oval Tom Maynard starred for Surrey, smashing a 33-ball 60 as the hosts made 228 in a match reduced to 24 overs a side. Sussex were bowled out for just 157 in reply securing a 71-run win for the hosts.
Tickets for the final at Lord’s are available now, starting at £40 for adults and just £5 for under 16s.
Both sides are evenly fancied ahead of September 17, but Somerset’s recent record in domestic finals will give cause for optimism in the Surrey camp.
As well as their defeat to an Ian Bell inspired Warwickshire at Lord’s last season, they have been losing finalists in the past Twenty20 Cup for the past three years.
The side which beat Durham was missing some of their more illustrious names, including Marcus Trescothick - who is rated a 50/50 for the final after suffering an ankle injury.
Craig Kieswetter, Trescothick’s regular opening partner, is due to play in the final One Day International for England against India in Cardiff the night before the match, but should be released for the final.
If Kieswetter is made available then Surrey will expect their key seam bowler Jade Dernbach to also make the last minute journey from Wales.
Dernbach has been a crucial cog in Surrey’s impressive one-day set-up this summer, collecting 19 wickets in eight CB40 appearances at an average of just 15.47.
A more confusing selection issue surrounds Dernbach’s England teammate Kevin Pietersen.
Pietersen is being rested by England for the current ODI series and has played just four matches for his county this year.
Surrey Cricket Manager Chris Adams has admitted he is unsure as to Pietersen’s availability, but doesn’t believe his side needs the England star to succeed at Lord’s.
Adams’ confidence is built on a deep rooted belief in his current, youthful batting lineup, who has powered Surrey's path to the final with some impressive performances.
Maynard’s 60 against Sussex, which featured four sixes and two fours, was typical of the belief in attacking cricket which has prevailed at the county during this summer’s CB40.
Maynard, his fellow England prospect Jason Roy, skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown and wicket-keeper Steven Davies form a dynamic top four.
Somerset have experience in the form of Alvaro Thomas and Steve Kirby with the new ball though, a combination which should be invaluable in late season conditions.
In Murali Kartik they also have one of the most effective spinners in county cricket.
Lord’s is celebrating the 2011 CB40 Final with a special family themed English summer fayre.
The Nursery Ground will feature fairground stalls, a bouncy castle, face painting and balloon modelling.
As well as the traditional Lord’s picnic area, a cooper will give a display of traditional cask making and there will be specialty ales from English brewer Marston’s.