Nottinghamshire and Surrey are a step closer to Lord’s having progressed to the semi-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup.
The two teams will have to get past Essex and Worcestershire on Friday 16 June and Friday 17 June respectively, if they want to book a spot in the final at the Home of Cricket on Saturday 1 July.
Nottinghamshire reached the semis after beating Somerset by 24 runs in a high-scoring thriller at Taunton.
Brendan Taylor smashed 154 off 97 balls for Notts to help his side finish with 429-9 but Somerset’s valiant effort in reply was not enough as they were bowled out for 405 in 48 overs.
Meanwhile, Surrey’s progress was largely due to Kumar Sangakkara after he hit his 100th career century to help Surrey beat Yorkshire by 24 runs at Headingley.
The former Sri-Lanka captain, who will represent MCC against Afghanistan in July, shared a fourth-wicket stand of 180 with Ben Foakes (80) to post a score of 313-7 off 50 overs.
In reply, Yorkshire could only manage 289-9 as West Indies bowler Ravi Rampaul took 3-54 to seal a semi-final trip to New Road on Saturday.
|Semi Final Fixtures|
|Essex v Nottinghamshire||Chelmsford||Friday 16 June|
|Worcestershire v Surrey||New Road||Saturday 17 June|
Tickets for the final are available to buy online now, with prices starting at £20 for adults and £5 for under 16s.