SOMERSET will be playing at Lord’s for the second successive summer, after defeating Worcestershire by 60 runs at Blackfinch New Road on Wednesday, to seal a spot in the Bob Willis Trophy final.

The final pits Somerset, the One-Day Cup holders, against Essex, who won both the County Championship and T20 Blast last season.

The match will take place over five days, from Wednesday, September 23.

Victory over Worcestershire gave Somerset four wins from their five Bob Willis matches, only denied the full house by rain at Warwickshire, and their tally of 97 points is the highest of all 18 counties.

Their success here owed much, once again, to a deadly seam attack of Jack Brooks, Lewis Gregory, Josh Davey and Craig Overton - the latter two bowlers have more than 50 wickets between them in the competition - but also to an outstanding century from Tom Lammonby.

The 20-year-old stood his ground on a challenging third day, and more than played his part in Somerset setting their hosts a target of 245 runs to win.

Gregory struck two crucial blows on Tuesday evening, dismissing Worcestershire openers Daryl Mitchell (3) and Libby (23) - two of the top five run-scorers in the competition - as the home side reached 58-2 at the close, requiring 187 more to win on the final day.

The hosts resumed in gloomy light on Wednesday morning and, following a short interruption, Gregory (3-65) trapped Fell (20) lbw, the same fate soon befalling Haynes (30) at the hands of Davey, leaving Worcestershire on 96-4.

Riki Wessels (9) became Davey’s second victim, picking out Byrom, and the scales tipped firmly in Somerset’s favour when Brett D’Oliveira (28) was lbw to Overton (2-40), off the last ball before lunch.

Joe Leach (17) and Ben Cox (32) counter-attacked, adding 44, before Leach and Dillon Pennington (4) both fell to Brooks (2-35), and the game was wrapped up when Cox was caught behind off Davey (3-16).

Somerset captain Tom Abell said afterwards: "It was a relatively low-scoring game so there were always going to be times when you were on the front foot and then they might get little partnerships.

“But on the whole I felt we kept our composure really well.

"Of course, you always want more runs on the board but we always felt it was going to be a tricky chase because it was tough to score.

“With the way we are bowling at the moment, we are asking lots of questions of every batting side so we’ve got huge faith in our attack, and how we go about things in the field as well to complement that has been outstanding.

“We were always aware they were going to have partnerships but I thought we stuck in, kept asking questions and bowled fantastically well and kept taking wickets at key times.

“That’s what we have done all season and today was no different.

“Of course, we wouldn’t have been in the position without the efforts of Lammers [Tom Lammonby]. That was an innings far beyond his years.

“To play with that temperament and skill, especially when there were wickets falling all around him, I can’t speak highly enough of that innings. It is one of the best I’ve seen, for sure."