Half century for Pietersen

Published: Wednesday 22nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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Kevin Pietersen hit an undefeated half-century – and he also finished desperately close to a record – as Surrey piled on the runs against LV= County Championship opponents Glamorgan in Cardiff.

Pietersen, making his first championship appearance in almost two years and bidding to revive his England career, finished with 53 not out as Surrey declared their second innings on 207 for four.

His innings, a scratchy one at times, contained four boundaries, yet he ended two runs short of becoming the quickest batsman to reach 1,000 runs in Surrey history.

Former England star Mark Ramprakash and South African Zander de Bruyn both got there in 18 innings for the county, and Pietersen was two runs short of hitting four figures when Surrey declared.

He should get there when Surrey play their next championship match against Essex, though, as he currently has 998 runs from 16 innings.

A lone boo was heard from a sparse crowd in the Cardiff sunshine when Pietersen strode out to join Sri Lanka star Kumar Sangakkara with the score on 41 for two.

A gentle nudge into the onside got Pietersen off the mark from his first ball, but he was content to play a supporting role initially as Sangakkara displayed his full range of attacking shots, including a straight six off Graham Wagg.

The pair added 37 before Sangakkara was caught in the gully for 40, then Pietersen and Jason Roy compiled 43 for the fourth wicket until Roy’s punchy knock of 29 was ended by a stunning Wagg catch at extra-cover.

Pietersen continued to push on, although Glamorgan wicket-keeper Mark Wallace did claim a stumping off Craig Meschede when Pietersen left his crease, but end of the over had already been called.

He added 55 for the fifth wicket by lunch with Gary Wilson – Surrey led Glamorgan by 320 – but the visitors chose to bat on after the interval, and they eventually set their opponents an unlikely victory target of 352 from a minimum of 57 overs.

Published: Wednesday 22nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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