County round-up: Pietersen out first ball on his return to Hampshire


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Kevin Pietersen must have gone in to bat for Surrey at the Ageas Bowl itching to show the England management what they were missing. Not much, was the answer yesterday: he was dismissed for a golden duck.

Coming in at No 3 in a Clydesdale Bank 40 fixture, the beleaguered batsman, who was dropped for the third Test over text messages, fell to spinner Liam Dawson to enormous cheers from the crowd at Hampshire, where Pietersen used to play.

Just to rub salt into the wounds, Dawson (right) is a left-arm spinner – just the type of bowler that has most troubled the 32-year-old of late.

Pietersen's dismissal, soon followed by Jason Roy's, left Surrey at 16 for 3. But Kevin De Bruyn (57) and Matthew Spriegel (47) rebuilt the innings to total 175 for 9.

In Edinburgh, Somerset defeated Scotland by 53 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system after rain affected their Group B fixture. The home side tallied 163, largely due to Preston Mommsen's 67, after opting to bat but rain ended affairs 22.4 overs into the Somerset reply when their total of 133 for 3, built around Arul Suppiah's half-century, easily beat the revised target of 81.

It was Somerset's sixth CB40 win in a row and maintains their hopes of a semi-final berth which seemed unlikely after they opened their campaign with four straight defeats.

Scotland were on the back foot from the start when opener Ryan Flannigan fell to a return catch to Peter Trego for 8, leaving the hosts at 22 for 1. Calum MacLeod was then bowled for 14 by Steve Kirby with no addition to the score and Somerset debutant Robert Mutch then took the wickets of Richie Berrington and Jean Symes.

Mommsen dug in en route to his 67 but was running out of partners as the middle order began to crumble, with Ewan Chalmers falling for four and Craig Wallace trapped lbw for a duck off the bowling of Abdur Rehman. But tailender Safyaan Sherif stuck around to score 20 before Mommsen was last man out.

Despite losing opener Trego for 15, Somerset made a solid start to their run chase. Chris Jones was next to fall for 24 as Mommsen took the catch from Majid Haq's bowling, but by that stage Somerset were 90 for 2 after a stand of 71 between Jones and Suppiah.

Suppiah made 56 off just 45 balls, with seven fours and a six, to speed his side towards the victory target and he was to prove the last Somerset wicket to fall, bowled by Haq. With Jos Buttler hitting out with five fours and a six in a rapid unbeaten 29 not out and James Hildreth adding support, Somerset were clear winners when the heavens opened to close the contest.