Pietersen flops for Hampshire in T20
Monday 14 June 2010
Kevin Pietersen made his first appearance for Hampshire for two years in yesterday's Friends Provident T20 clash with Surrey, but was upstaged by opening batsman Jimmy Adams.
Pietersen, released by the ECB for one match, came in at number three and hit three fours in an over before being caught for just 15. Adams, on the other hand, went on to make 101 not out – his first century in the competition – and share in a stand of 144 in 12 overs with Sean Ervine for the third wicket.
Hampshire finished with 201 for two and Surrey made a reasonable fist of their chase before going down by 10 runs. They made 191 for 9 but never seriously threatened the Hampshire total.
Sussex, meanwhile, made it five wins out of five as they beat Glamorgan by three wickets to go four points clear at the top of the South Group table. Chasing 144 to win, Sussex were in trouble at 46 for 4, but a quick-fire 39 off 21 balls by Luke Wright, which included three sixes, eventually secured them a comfortable win.
Samit Patel's second half-century in three days secured a third straight win for Nottinghamshire as they swept aside Worcestershire by six wickets with 23 balls to spare.
After limiting the visitors to 150 for seven, with Dirk Nannes and Graeme White both picking up two wickets, Patel hit 63 from 34 balls with five fours and three sixes while David Hussey was unbeaten on 34, finishing off the match with a straight six.
Kent cruised to a 36-run victory over Gloucestershire after posting an imposing 217 – their highest Twenty20 score. The Spitfires made the most of the short boundaries at Archdeacon Meadow with Rob Key (44), Joe Denly (48) and Alex Blake (33) the main contributors.
Will Porterfield's bright 43 gave Gloucestershire hope, but they collapsed from 62 for one to 94 for six and were eventually bowled out for 181, with Simon Cook taking 3 for 22.
Yorkshire suffered a 14-run defeat to Northamptonshire under the Duckworth-Lewis method at Headingley, but the home side were struggling even before the weather closed in. Replying to the Steelbacks' modest 151 for seven the hosts were 51 for four after 7.5 overs and falling well behind the required rate.
Lou Vincent and Andrew Hall did the damage with the bat for Northamptonshire, scoring 38 and 31 respectively. Seamer Jack Brooks then took three quick wickets at the expense of 24 runs, as the light began to deteriorate rapidly.
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