Adams hundred gives Hampshire victory
Hampshire 201 for 2 beat Surrey 191 for 9 by 10 runs
England's Kevin Pietersen made his first appearance for Hampshire for two years in today's Friends Provident t20 clash with Surrey but was upstaged by opening batsman Jimmy Adams.
Pietersen, released by the ECB for one match, came in at number three and made 15 from 10 balls before lifting a catch to long-off. Pietersen 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.
Adams went on to make 101 not out, his first century in the competition, 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 when on 99. Hampshire finished with 201 for 2 and Surrey made a reasonable fist of their chase before going down by 10 runs. They made 191 for 9 but were never seriously threatening the Hampshire total.
Adams hit four sixes and seven fours and faced 65 balls. Ervine made 54 not out and all the Surrey bowlers took a pasting on an easy-paced wicket. Surrey made a promising start 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 hit his side's top score of 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 at 139 signalled a rapid Surrey decline.
Left-arm pace bowler Chris Wood finished with figures of three for 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 two for 27 from his four overs while Adams completed a remarkable personal day with a superb run-out of tail-ender Andre Nel.