County Championship Division One - 2nd day May 21, 2005

Pietersen posts another reminder

Cricinfo staff

Kevin Pietersen: his century lifted Hampshire's spirits at The Rose Bowl © Getty Images

Hampshire 375 for 6 (Pietersen 126, Crawley 106) v Glamorgan
Kevin Pietersen and John Crawley enlivened a truncated day at The Rose Bowl, as both men completed their centuries in the 45 overs available, to lift Hampshire into a promising position against Glamorgan. Resuming on 197 for 3, the pair took their fourth-wicket partnership along to 175, with Pietersen once again taking the aggressive approach. His second hundred in consecutive matches was another brisk affair - 126 from 116 balls, with 20 fours and a six, to match his 125 from 111 against Kent last week - as he served the selectors another timely reminder of his talents, having been omitted from the first Test squad. Crawley took a more sedate approach to his first century of the season - and 44th of his career. He had faced 247 balls for his 106, before falling shortly before the close to lift Glamorgan's spirits.

Kent 301 (O'Brien 64, Fulton 57, Walker 51, Sidebottom 5-61) v Nottinghamshire 169 for 9 (Cook 4-38)
Simon Cook took 4 for 38 in 14 overs to put the skids under Nottinghamshire, and set Kent up for a useful first-innings lead at Trent Bridge. Replying to Kent's 301, Notts were indebted to Darren Bicknell at the top of the order. His 63 from 124 balls was 39 more than the next highest scorer could manage, as Cook and his fellow seamers cut a swathe through the batting. His run-out at 134 for 4, however, shortly after Stephen Fleming's dismissal, was costly as the middle-order fell away without a struggle. Cook accounted for Chris Read and Mark Ealham, both for ducks, and Andrew Hall picked up his maiden wicket for Kent when Samit Patel was dismissed for 12. Gareth Glough was clinging on on 12 not out at the close.