Pietersen struggles with Surrey


Published: Sunday 19th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Kevin Pietersen’s mission to impress the England selectors suffered a setback as he made only 19 on the ground where he hopes to be appearing on Ashes duty in 80 days’ time.

The 34-year-old had not featured in an LV= County Championship game since June 2013, when he had made 177 against Yorkshire at Headingley, but he was finally back as Surrey made light of his failure to reach 363 for three on the opening day of their Division Two game at Glamorgan.

Pietersen, who re-signed for Surrey in the belief that scoring runs in the county game will be enough to earn him a Test recall, picked up a fourth boundary with a straight drive off Dean Cosker’s left-arm spin but his 28-ball stay ended when he pushed hard at Craig Meschede’s medium pace and Colin Ingram pouched a straightforward chance at first slip.

In Pietersen’s absence Kumar Sangakkara (112 not out) and Steven Davies (109 not out) anchored Surrey’s innings to give them a strong start.

Alex Hales had no such problems at the crease as the first double hundred of his career helped Nottinghamshire into a position of strength on the opening day of their Division One match against Yorkshire at Trent Bridge.

The England international was unbeaten on 222 not out as the home side reached 393 for seven by stumps, having been invited to bat first. Hales scored his runs from 250 balls, with 37 fours and a six and having shared in a third wicket stand of 171 with James Taylor, who scored 59.

Steven Patterson, with two for 58 and Jack Brooks, two for 90, returned the leading figures for the Yorkshire bowlers on a tough day for the defending champions.

Matt Machan scored a blistering 100-ball 135 but Sussex rather squandered his good work on the first day of their meeting with Worcestershire at Hove.

Machan pulverised Worcestershire’s seam attack, reaching his third first-class hundred with his fourth six and also hitting 18 boundaries, but from 161 for two they lost wickets regularly and despite a third successive half-century by Luke Wright (51) failed to claim maximum batting points having been dismissed for 345.

Fast-bowler Boyd Rankin stole the show at Edgbaston, notching a career-best six for 75 as Warwickshire bowled Hampshire out for 319 and then moved to 14 without loss in reply at stumps.

Elsewhere in Division Two, Jesse Ryder took five for 43 as Essex got Kent out for 193 before Darren Stevens also had joy, taking three for 23, as Essex reached 67 for six, trailing by 126 runs, at the end of the day.

Alviro Petersen made 115 on his first-class Lancashire debut and shared a fifth-wicket stand of 135 with captain Tom Smith as they moved to 292 for eight on the opening day of their clash with Derbyshire.

Published: Sunday 19th April 2015 by The News Editor

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