Ryan ten Doeschate scored a wonderful 48 to help the Essex Eagles recover from a poor start to set the Somerset Sabres a total of 178 to chase for victory at the County Ground in Taunton.
Having won the toss the Eagles decided to bat first and even though they lost Alistair Cook (18) early on Ravi Bopara and Matt Walker got the visitors off to a good start before Bopara (10) was dismissed by Alfonso Thomas at the start of the 5th over.
ten Doeschate shared vital partnerships with Matt Walker (35) and Scott Styris (27) before the batsman had to retire with a calf strain two runs short of a well deserved half century.
Having set off to take a quick single in the 15th over ten Doeschate stumble to the ground in a great deal of pain, after receiving treatment out on the pitch ten Doeschate limped off.
With ten Doeschate out of the attack Grant Flower (13) added some vital runs to help the Eagles reach 177-7 which might by hard to defend without their influential all-rounder who now faces up to six weeks out with a calf strain.