Owais Shah inspired Middlesex to a 43-run victory over Somerset at Lord's as the Londoners recorded their first Pro40 win of the campaign.
Shah put the disappointment of being overlooked by England for fourth Test behind him to make a superb 96 not out that set his side on the way to victory.
He was given fine support with the bat by Tyron Henderson who smashed a typically aggressive 50 from just 25 balls as Middlesex got up to 203-9 from their 40 overs, while spinning duo Shaun Udal and Murali Kartik were the chief architects of Somerset's downfall with the ball taking 3-21 and 2-36 respectively.
Things had not looked rosy for the hosts earlier in the game as they slumped to 29-4 with Charl Willoughby doing the early damage for Somerset as he removed Ed Joyce (six), Eoin Morgan (nine) and Dawid Malan (two) all for single figures.
With opener Will Godleman managing only one before being caught and bowled by Peter Trego, Middlesex were in real trouble and when Ben Scott was removed by Ben Phillips they were five down with just 50 on the board.
Shah and Henderson then stepped up to the plate with Henderson using a combination of brute force and superb timing to hit six fours and three sixes before being clean bowled by Arul Suppiah going for one bit shot too many.
Shah stands firm
Shah stood firm, though, and hit the accelerator towards the end of the innings with Tim Murtagh (13 from 25 balls) chipping in with some valuable runs at the other end as they closed on 203-9.
Somerset's reply got off to a poor start as Murtagh bowled Justin Langer off an inside edge for four, but Marcus Trescothick continued his superb form in the competition to help steady the ship.
The former England man looked in prime touch as he crashed four fours and two sixes to reach 40 off just 35 balls before succumbing to a thick leading edge of Henderson that was snapped up by a retreating Malan at cover.
From that point wickets fell at regular intervals with Udal and Kartik to the fore; Udal bowled James Hildreth before having Peter Trego stumped and Craig Kieswetter caught on the boundary rope by Godleman to rip out Somerset's middle-order.
Kartik chipped in with the wickets of Zander de Bruyn, who made a watchful 28, and Suppiah as the visitors failed to find any momentum.
Omari Banks (28) and Phillips (17) briefly threatened to make a contest of it, but when they were dismissed by Dirk Nannes and Henderson respectively the game was up, the end coming when Alfonso Thomas was caught at long on by Henderson off Murtagh with Somerset all out for 160.