Kevin Pietersen was dismissed from the first ball of the match to left-arm spinner Liam Dawson (two for 10) as Surrey lost a rain-affected encounter against Hampshire at The Oval. Following a much delayed start which had reduced the match to 10 overs aside, stand-in Surrey captain Gareth Batty won the toss and elected to bat. Steve Davies did the bulk of the scoring for the Lions early on, hitting 30 from only 11 balls, but he and Jason Roy fell in quick succession as Surrey stuttered. Zafar Ansari, though, continued his recent run of good form and ended with 35 from only 25 balls as they closed their 10 overs on 84 for four.
Hampshire set off in their pursuit of 85 to win and had reached 63 without loss before the rain arrived with them ahead by 19 runs on the Duckworth Lewis method. Jimmy Adams and James Vince ended with 28 and 24 respectively as a difficult few weeks, both on and off the field, continued for the home side.
Gloucestershire’s Midlands/West/Wales Group match against Glamorgan at Bristol was abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain.
Tomorrow’s FLt20 Fixtures: (start times in brackets, GMT)
North Group, Nottinghamshire v Lancashire at Trent Bridge (1710)
Mid/West/Wales Group, Glamorgan v Worcestershire at Cardiff (1700)
South Group, Surrey v Sussex at The Oval (1730)
Weather Forecast: After a dry and, in places sunny, start, the rain will roll in and play havoc with the evening’s Twenty20 action. All three games look in danger of being a total washout, with a reduction in overs almost a certainty. Temperatures will remain relatively mild, with highs of between 17 and 19 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Repeated visa delays have forced Worcestershire to announce that they will no longer be calling upon the services of Pakistani all-rounder Sohail Tanvir for the remainder of this year’s Friends Life t20 competition. He was due to play the whole campaign for the Royals, but visa problems and international commitments have meant that the club see his stint as “no longer practical” with only four more games to go.
Durham have announced that Paul Collingwood will replace Phil Mustard as their captain in the longer form of the game. Dale Benkenstein will continue to lead the Dynamos in limited-overs cricket. The club have also confirmed that Australian batsmen Michael Di Venuto is expected to be out for the rest of the season because of injury.
Surrey CCC have said that their Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Glamorgan on 21st August will be a tribute match to batsman Tom Maynard.
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