Somerset reach finals day

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Ravi Bopara was probably looking forward to his return to county colours after a harrowing first Test against South Africa, but he was out for a second-ball duck as Essex lost to Somerset in the Twenty20 quarter-finals last night.

Somerset made 175 for 6 from their 20 overs with James Hildreth hammering 58. In reply, Essex got off to a shocking start, which also saw Bopara's England team-mate Alastair Cook dismissed for 28. Despite some late-order hitting from Ryan ten Doeschate, who smashed 47 off 24 balls, Essex fell 27 runs short as Somerset go on to finals day in Cardiff.