FL t20 quarter-final, Trent Bridge
Somerset 172-4 (19.1ovs) beat Notts 169-5 (20ovs) by six wickets
Pollard hits out at Trent Bridge during his match-winning innings of 47 not out off 25 balls for Somerset against Nottinghamshire
Kieron Pollard and Jos Buttler smashed a partnership of 66 in 26 balls to book Somerset a place at FL t20 finals day at Nottinghamshire's expense.
Chasing 170 to win, Somerset still needed 63 off the last five overs after Craig Kieswetter fell for 49.
But Pollard struck four sixes in his 47 off 25 balls, with Buttler weighing in with 34 off 14 as Somerset got home by six wickets with five balls to spare.
Alex Hales had earlier dominated Notts' innings with 78 out of their 169-5.
Notts had gone through the group stages unbeaten at Trent Bridge by batting first and defending sizeable totals.
IS 2011 SOMERSET'S YEAR?
- Somerset have finished T20 runners-up in each of the last two seasons
- They also finished runners-up last season in both the County Championship and in the CB40
But apart from Hales, who hit six fours and three sixes in his 51-ball innings, no other home batsman was able to score freely.
However, their hopes of defending their score were boosted by an excellent start from opening bowlers Darren Pattinson and Luke Fletcher, who removed Marcus Trescothick in the third over as part of a wicket maiden.
Kieswetter, aided by Peter Trego and James Hildreth before they were both stumped, helped get Somerset back on course but they still had plenty to do when Pollard came to the crease at 81-3 in the 12th over.
The West Indian hit the first of his four sixes into the upper tier of the Radcliffe Road stand but then began to take the game away from Notts after Kieswetter was caught at cover off Pattinson.
He launched Samit Patel for two sixes in the following over, before the 18th saw Pollard and Buttler take the game away from Notts as they helped themselves to three fours and a six off Andre Adams.
Somerset were left needing two off the final over and Buttler, who was dropped twice, wasted no time in winning the game by scooping the first ball off Adams to fine leg for four to send his side to Edgbaston.