Marcus Trescothick was in inspired form scoring a wonderful 22 ball half century to help the Somerset Sabres reach a total of 182-5 against the Nottinghamshire Outlaws in the second of todays Friends Provident t20 semi finals at the Rose Bowl.
Trescothick made light work of the Outlaws much vaunted bowling attack; which included four bowlers from the Twenty20 World Cup Final in the Caribbean.
Dirk Nannes, Ryan Sidebottom, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann were all cast aside as the former England opener smashed 7 fours and 2 sixes on his way to his 20th Twenty20 half century.
Despite the early lose of Craig Kieswetter (14) and Peter Trego (2); Trescothick’s innings held the Sabres inning s together before he was brilliant stumped by Chris Read off the bowling of Swann at the end of the 10th over.
With Trescothick gone the Sabres lost their way losing James Hildreth (19) and Zander de Bruyn (4) quickly following to leave them 107-5 after 13.5 overs.
After such a good start; last years beaten finalists were in danger of slumping but Jos Buttler came to the rescue smashing a 21 ball half century to lead the fightback.
With the runs starting to flow after Swann (2-24) add completed his four overs; Buttler (55) enjoyed a 75 run partnership with Kieron Pollard (23) to help the Sabres set the Outlaws a run chase of 183.