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Thursday, 22 August, 2002, 19:07 GMT 20:07 UK
Pietersen piles on the runs
Kevin Pietersen
Pietersen is in a rich vein of form in all competitions
County Championship, D2, day two of four, Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 476 v Gloucestershire 173 & 91-5

Kevin Pietersen blasted his fourth successive century to steer Nottinghamshire into a commanding lead over Gloucestershire at Trent Bridge.

The 22-year-old South African belted 19 fours and a six to make 116 off 137 balls.

Pietersen was given fine support from Paul Johnson (83), Chris Read (80) and Usman Afzaal (61) as Notts mustered 476.

By the close Gloucestershire were standing on the brink, losing quick wickets late on to slump to 91 for five to trail by 212 runs.

Pietersen made an unbeaten 254 as Notts thrashed Middlesex by an innings and 73 runs in their last championship outing.

He then plundered 122 in his side's NUL clash with Somerset on Sunday and followed that up a day later in the corresponding fixture at Taunton with 147.

Damage

Gloucestershire will feel relieved he did not go on to inflict further damage, but by the time the right-hander was trapped lbw by visiting skipper Mark Alleyne he had taken Notts onto 271 for five for a lead of 98.

Resuming on 165 for three, Afzaal added 23 to his overnight 38 when he cut one to Chris Taylor off Alleyne.

Pietersen then departed with wicketkeeper Read joining Johnson at the crease.

They went onto to make 141 for the sixth wicket, Johnson doing his ailing confidence the world of good with a fine 83 off 148 balls before he nicked one behind to Jack Russell off James Averis.

Paceman Paul Franks then clobbered five fours in a 17-ball 26 and Read reached 80 from 108 deliveries when he was trapped lbw by Jon Lewis.

Franks nicked one from Fisher behind to Russell, Stuart MacGill (five) hooked Lewis straight to Roger Sillence at backward square-leg and Greg Smith (one) was bowled by Fisher to close the dig.

Gloucestershire were then dealt an early blow when Craig Spearman departed to Richard Logan with the score on 25.

The visitors were then 55 for two when Pietersen took his second catch, this time off MacGill, to send James Pearson back to the pavilion for nine.

Taylor (15 off 56 balls) then edged Logan to Read three overs later and just before the close Smith trapped Alleyne lbw for 15 and had Averis caught behind for a duck.


Nottinghamshire: J E R Gallian (Capt), G E Welton, D J Bicknell, U Afzaal, K P Pietersen, P Johnson, C M W Read (Wkt), P J Franks, S C G MacGill, R J Logan, G J Smith.

Gloucestershire: C M Spearman, J A Pearson, C G Taylor, M G N Windows, M W Alleyne (Capt), A P R Gidman, R C Russell (Wkt), I D Fisher, R J Sillence, J Lewis, J M M Averis.

Umpires: I J Gould and V A Holder

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21 Aug 02 | Counties
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