Surrey v Glamorgan, The Oval, 4th day

Pietersen fails again in draw

September 10, 2010

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Glamorgan 273 for 9 drew with Surrey 380 and 206 for 7
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Glamorgan celebrate after removing Kevin Pietersen second ball, Surrey v Glamorgan, County Championship, Division Two, The Oval, September 7, 2010
Kevin Pietersen made 0 and 1 on his first-class debut for Surrey © PA Photos
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Kevin Pietersen scored just 1 as he endured another difficult day as Surrey's County Championship Division Two match with Glamorgan ended in a tame draw.

Pietersen is on loan with Surrey until the end of the season in an attempt to recapture his form after losing his England place, and he looked to be back to his best after scoring 116 in a Clydesdale Bank 40 game against Sussex last Saturday, his first century in any cricket for 18 months.

But Pietersen's struggles in first-class cricket continued. Out for a duck in the first innings, he came in after Surrey had lost openers Tom Lancefield and Jason Roy in successive overs and Mark Ramprakash soon followed to leave Surrey 14 for 3.

Pietersen settled for a period of defence and needed 17 balls to get off the mark with a single into the leg side. But having faced 23 deliveries in 34 minutes he was palpably leg-before to James Harris trying to work across a straight one and only half-forward.

He will play one more Championship game for Surrey against Gloucestershire in Bristol before heading back to his native South Africa to play for Durban-based Dolphins in two first-class games between October 7-17.

Pietersen's dismissal left Surrey tottering on 21 for 5, Harris having taken 4 for 18 in 10 overs with the new ball, and at that stage Glamorgan harboured hopes of claiming an unlikely victory.

But Chris Schofield and Gary Wilson dug their side out of a hole with a stand of 124 with Schofield falling just short of his hundred before the players shook hands at 4.20pm with Surrey 206 for 7.

Surrey had wrapped up Glamorgan's first innings with the sixth ball of the day when Huw Waters was lbw to Jade Dernbach, but the Surrey batsmen were soon struggling on a pitch still offering some new-ball assistance.

Lancefield got a leading edge trying to pull Harris in the fifth over and was caught at cover and Waters struck when Roy carelessly carved to backward point in the next over. Ramprakash failed to cope with Harris's extra bounce as he edged to second slip and Harris struck again when Rory Hamilton-Brown played all around a straight one.

Pietersen's departure left Surrey only 127 ahead but it was the last success Glamorgan were to enjoy for 43 overs as Schofield and Wilson fought back. Wilson offered a sharp return catch on 6 which Harris spilled in his followthrough but after lunch the pair began to play more expansively.

Wilson fell for 45 when when he speared a drive to extra cover but Surrey's lead was 251 by then and any chance of a positive result had gone. Schofield was 10 short of what would have been only his second first-class century when he was stumped down the leg side trying to hit over the top, having faced 203 balls and hit 11 fours.

Glamorgan's failure to win made sure that Sussex will go up as champions but Worcestershire's victory over Middlesex means the Welsh county will have to beat Derbyshire next week to make sure of going up.

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Posted by sgh142 on (September 10, 2010, 19:32 GMT)

Partyman great spin, you're right of course, only another 50 4 day matches 'improving', for whoever will have him around the world for 2 games at a time, and he'll be up to 100 runs.....I bet those pesky Aussies are quaking in their boots!!!!

Posted by Partyman on (September 10, 2010, 18:39 GMT)

Don't be hard on Pietersen............ He did go one better in the 2nd innings!! On a positive note, he is improving, as Peter Moores would have put the spin on!

Posted by sgh142 on (September 10, 2010, 17:00 GMT)

A great 4 days work for Pietersen........I bet The Dolphins can't wait!!!! I can see Surrey dropping him next!

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