Essex reached the Twenty20 Cup finals day as they overcame Yorkshire by five wickets in an exciting quarter-final tie at Chelmsford.
James Foster and Ryan ten Doeschate saw them home as they shared in an unbroken stand of 76, the Eagles winning with four deliveries to spare.
The game was evenly poised as the visitors removed Darren Gough, Will Jefferson and Ravi Bopara in successive overs to leave Essex 73 for five.
But ten Doeschate and Foster were to revive the home side with some superb hitting.
Foster collected four fours and a six while making 47 from 39 balls while ten Doeschate's 27 came from the same number of deliveries.
Yorkshire's innings never really got into top gear in the face of some accurate bowling backed up by fine work in the field.
The only batsman to show any sort of fluency was Gerard Brophy, who struck 43, containing six boundaries, from 31 balls.
He was eventually bowled by Tim Phillips whose four overs of left-arm spin brought in a couple of wickets at the miserly cost of 11 runs.
The only other Yorkshire batsman to put together an innings of note was Darren Lehmann but his unbeaten 40 spanned 39 deliveries and contained just three fours.
Gough, playing against his former county, had earlier put Yorkshire firmly on the back foot by having Michael Lumb superbly caught on the square leg boundary from the third delivery of the innings.
And before Brophy got into his stride, Australian paceman Andy Bichel served up further trouble for Yorkshire by removing Craig White and Anthony McGrath with successive deliveries.
When Essex replied, Mark Pettini was soon lifting deliveries from Jason Gillespie into the mid-wicket stand for two sixes in the third over of the innings.
The Australian was to gain his revenge in the same over as Andrew Gale took a fine catch on the boundary, and his dismissal led to Essex losing their way before ten Doeschate and Foster were to come together.
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