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RLODC Road to Lord's reaches climax

James Taylor has been in form for Notts
James Taylor has been in form for Notts

Nottinghamshire, Durham, Warwickshire and Kent are prepped for the Royal London One-Day Cup semi-finals as they look to book at trip to Lord's for the final on Saturday 20 September.

The first edition of the flagship one-day competiton in a new 50-overs per-side incarnation has served up one of the most mouth-watering semi-final line-ups in recent memory.

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Warwickshire v Kent | Thursday 4 September | Edgbaston | 2pm

The first semi-final pits youthful Kent against a Warwickshire side chasing a histoic clean-sweep of all three domestic competitions - a repeat of their famous exploits in 1994.

While Warwickshire's progress in the competition has been underpinned by a group of highly experienced players with international experience, including Jonathan Trott, Jeetan Patel and Tim Ambrose, Kent are assembling a group of exciting English youngsters.

With home advantage the Bears will go into the match as favourites, but while their minds will be partly on the state of their four-day challenge, Kent's youthful exuberance could easily see them spring a surprise.

Men to watch

Sam Billings - Perhaps the player of the competition so far, the 23-year-old wicket-keeper batsman is beginning to live up to his reputation as one of the most exciting youngsters on the circuit.

Dominutive but with a penchant for six hitting, he has compiled four 50s and a phenomenal 58-ball 135* at Taunton against Somerset in this tournament so far this year, and was man of the match in the semi-final against Gloucestershire.

Jonathan Trott - Gary Ballance's rise has probably put an end to Trott's England career, but he has been in typically unobtrusive form since his return to the side, making two centuries in this competition.

Trott's solidity from the number three position allows Warwickshire to build around him, and the Bears rarely lose when he gets big runs.

Durham v Nottinghamshire | Saturday 6 September | Chester-le-Street | 10:30am

There is little doubt which side have attracted the most headlines in this competition so far. Winners of last year's 40-over competition, Notts have once again proved themselves a formidable force this year, with their top-order in particular striking fear into opponents.

Durham meanwhile are another experienced side, whose progress in this competition has been steady and includes a comfortable victory over rivals Yorkshire in their quarter-final.

Men to watch

James Taylor - In the opinion of many a future star of England's one-day team (and the next captain according to former teammate Graeme Swann) and unquestionably the in-form batsman in county cricket.

Even more diminutive than Billings, he has added an extra six-hitting dimension to his game this summer, smacking a 50-ball century against Middlesex at Lord's and 146* against Derbyshire in the quarter-final.

Paul Collingwood - Even in the twilight of his career the 38-year-old remains a brilliantly consistent performer for his beloved county and tops the batting and bowling averages for Durham in this competition.

Add to that his experience and presence on-and-off the field, and a remarkable economy rate of 3.79 runs-per-over, and there are few more valuable players on the county scene.

Tickets for the final

Tickets for the final at Lord's on Saturday 20 September are available to buy now, priced from £30 for adults and at just £1 for under 16s.

In addition to the action on the pitch, Lord's is putting on a day of family fun, with free coaching taster sessions, a funfair and great food and drink offers.

Find out more and buy tickets

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