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Somerset and Surrey dreams dashed

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Rain washed away any hopes that Somerset or defending champions Surrey had of reaching the Clydesdale Bank 40 semi-finals when their match at Taunton was abandoned with just 27 balls bowled.

The highlight of the 20 minutes of play were the two sweetly struck boundaries by Kevin Pietersen off consecutive balls from Steve Kirby, the first driven through extra-cover and the second clipped off his legs through midwicket.

Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen struck consecutive fours off Steve Kirby before rain ended Somerset and Surrey's hopes of reaching the semis

After the match was delayed by 15 minutes by the weather, Somerset won the toss and the first over saw Kirby concede just a single from the Old Pavilion End.

Peter Trego, bowling from the River End, struck first with the fourth ball of his second over when Steven Davies mistimed a drive to long-on where George Dockrell safely took the chance.

New batsman Pietersen punched his second ball from Trego through midwicket for three and then took his two boundaries off Kirby before the rain came down and the players left the field, with Surrey 29 for one and both Pietersen and Jason Roy 11 not out.

The umpires inspected three time before eventually calling the game off at 5:30pm.

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