Twenty20 Cup - South Division
The Rose Bowl
Middlesex 190-7 Innings Complete v Hampshire 157-8 Innings Complete
Middlesex beat Hampshire by 33 runs
Kevin Pietersen took three wickets and hit 43 on his Twenty20 Cup debut but Hampshire still slipped to a 33-run defeat at home against Middlesex.
Middlesex made some useful partnerships to bat their way to 190-7 from their 20 overs, starting with Andrew Strauss and Ed Smith's opening stand of 43.
Strauss and Owais Shah added 37 for the second wicket and when the left-hander went for 27 Shah later put on 58 with Ed Joyce.
Joyce made 34 and Shah 48 before they both fell to Pietersen's spin, which also accounted for Tim Murtagh as the England star returned figures of 3-33 and was the pick of the Hampshire attack.
In response Hampshire started well with 35 put on for the first wicket and Pietersen's 74-run stand with Sean Ervine put them right in with a shout at 118-3.
However, Pietersen went for 43, scored from 29 balls, and Ervine went straight afterwards for 31 and all of a sudden the hosts were in trouble.
The big-hitting Dimitri Mascarenhas could not fire Hampshire out of trouble as he made just nine before joining Pietersen and Ervine as victims of former Hampshire spinner Shaun Udal.
Udal got the three danger men out and returned figures of 3-21 to really come back to haunt his old side as they slumped to 157-8 after running out of overs.