Nice weather for ducks as KP & Co can’t stop Hampshire

Kevin Pietersen, right, holes out to Jimmy Adams at short extra cover as Royals keeper Michael Bates looks on
Kevin Pietersen, right, holes out to Jimmy Adams at short extra cover as Royals keeper Michael Bates looks on
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Jimmy Adams led Hampshire to victory in farcical weather conditions and then admitted: I’ve never played in rain like that before.

The Royals left-hander played a vital role in the county’s fifth straight Friends Life t20 victory – a 19-run Duckworth-Lewis success at Surrey, which keeps them on course for a quarter-final place.

But with rain bucketing down for most of a game that had already been shortened to 10 overs per side, Adams had to cast his mind back to life in club cricket to recall a match played in a similar downpour.

Adams smiled: ‘I’d have to go back to my club cricket days to think of anything like that.

‘In fact, I don’t think I have ever played in anything like that.

‘I’ve played on some sticky wickets in my time but it was about trying to get a game in.

‘I remember a few years ago playing in a t20 when we were running in for balls from the boundary and we were aquaplaning across the field.

‘But it was getting a bit silly.

‘It was getting to a point where we couldn’t stand up out there.

‘I can understand that in t20 you want to push guys on to the field and people will say that we can play in those conditions all the time.

‘But they have to be wary that if someone gets injured doing it, there will be repercussions.

‘That’s the tough one for the umpires. But we would never have been playing in a four-day or one-day game.’

Adams (28 not out) and James Vince (24 not out) batted with intelligence and aggression to be well ahead of the rate when Duckworth-Lewis intervened.

But in this rain-sodden summer, Adams admitted he needed a slice of luck to survive early troubles.

He said: ‘Vincey and I tried the method of shutting your eyes and swinging in the first couple of overs and it wasn’t very effective!

‘It’s hard to hit people like Dirk Nannes and Chris Tremlett from ball one.

‘But we managed to survive those overs and got a bit better.

‘We struggled a bit to begin with but the key was that we were there after three or four overs and we were then seeing it a bit better.’

While Adams excelled with the bat, he was also a key man in the field.

He grabbed a stunner of a diving catch to remove former team-mate and Surrey dangerman Kevin Pietersen off the first ball of the match.

Adams said: ‘It was one of those that it’s a good catch when you take it but it’s a stinker when you drop it.

‘You don’t have time to think it’s KP when the ball comes towards you like that.

‘If it was one of those that went way up in the air, you might think “Crikey – what happens if I drop this?”

‘But I thought the guys did a great job, especially in the second five overs of their innings.

‘It won us the game and we’re happy with the win.’