Adams outshines Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen made his first appearance for Hampshire for two years in today’s Friends Provident t20 clash with Surrey Lions but was upstaged by opening batsman Jimmy Adams.
England batsman Pietersen, made available for one match, came in at number three and made 15 from 10 balls.
He hit three fours in an over from Surrey pace bowler and former Hampshire colleague Chris Tremlett, but then carelessly drove Chris Schofield to Matt Spriegel at long-off.
Adams went on to make 101 not out, his first Twenty20 century, and share in a stand of 144 in 12 overs with Sean Ervine for the third wicket.
Adams reached his landmark in the final over but needed a bit of luck - he was caught on the long-on boundary off a no-ball on 99.
The Royals finished with 201 for two and Surrey made a reasonable fist of their chase before going down by 10 runs, closing on 191 for nine.
Adams hit four sixes and seven fours and faced 65 balls, while Ervine made 54 not out as all the Surrey bowlers took a pasting on an easy-paced wicket.
Surrey made a promising start to their pursuit through opener Steven Davies, who hit two sixes in his 24, and their hopes were renewed when Mark Ramprakash and Andrew Symonds were putting on 64 in seven overs for the fourth wicket.
Ramprakash was in dominant form as he compiled a fluent 61 before pulling Australian pace bowler Dan Christian to square-leg, where Adams held a spectacular catch diving forward.
Ramprakash struck three sixes and six fours in his 41-ball innings, but his dismissal signalled a rapid Surrey decline.
Left-arm seamer Chris Wood finished with 3-30 and veteran Dominic Cork took two wickets in an over - those of Younus Khan and Spriegel - as Surrey lost wickets in a vain chase for their second win in two days.
Cork took 2-27 from four overs while Adams completed a remarkable personal day with a superb run-out of tailender Andre Nel.