Every point vital in strong southern group: Adams

Chris Adams was left as frustrated as Kevin Pietersen and an 8,000 Oval crowd when Surrey’s Friends Life t20 match against Glamorgan fell victim to a thunderstorm at the halfway mark on the evening of June 10.

Surrey’s cricket manager was looking forward to seeing his team push on in the South Group at the start of a busy extended weekend in which three games in four days provided an opportunity to make up ground after an opening week in which they have played fewer times than all but their Welsh opponents at the Oval.

But the abandonment meant that Surrey and Glamorgan took one point each for the no result, a disappointment to Adams as he knows that every point will be vital in the group that is expected to produce the eventual winner – as it has done in each of the last four years with Kent, Middlesex, Sussex and Hampshire being crowned Twenty20 Cup champions from 2007 until 2010.

“Our division is certainly very strong and we expect every game will be tough in this format,” said Adams. “But the players look in great nick, the batters look fantastic as they have done all season so far, and the bowlers are starting to understand what they need to do to be consistent with their variations.”

Glamorgan reached 167 for seven in their 20 overs, before the rains came, and Surrey’s bowlers did well to drag things back in mid-innings following a blistering start from Mark Cosgrove and Jim Allenby. David Brown and Allenby, whose 44-ball 63 was the top score, then brought some late acceleration but the target still looked well within Surrey’s reach on a good pitch and with a short boundary on the Harleyford Road side of the ground.

Pietersen, who made himself available for both the Glamorgan and Gloucestershire games before having to link up again with England’s Test squad, held a fine catch above his head on the long on boundary to cut short Cosgrove on 43 as the powerful Australian attempted a third six.

But Pietersen’s efforts to get two innings with the bat in between Tests were stymied by the weather, although Adams welcomed the England batsman back into the county squad. He added: “It’s great news for us because we are bringing a quality player into the side.”

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