So from four became two, as Kent and Yorkshire move through to the One-Day Cup semi-finals.
Kent were dominant, putting Notts to the sword in imperious fashion. They play Worcestershire in their last four meeting on Sunday.
Essex and Yorkshire both had spells in the ascendancy, but it was the Vikings who eventually plundered a semis spot. Hampshire lie in wait for them on Sunday.
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