Carberry Century Claws Hampshire Back
Aug 4 2011
HAMPSHIRE v Yorkshire
LV= County Championship
Day Three: Tuesday 4 August 2011
The Rose Bowl
Summary: Hampshire trail Yorkshire by 241 runs
with 8 wickets remaining in the 1st innings
Hampshire: 291-2 (80 ovs)
Adams*, Dawson, Carberry, McKenzie, Vince, Ervine, Cork*, Bates+, Briggs, Wood, Tahir
Lyth, Rudolph, McGrath, Gale*, Brophy+, Ballance, Rashid, Shahzad, Pyrah, Sidebottom, Wainwright
Michael Carberry’s magnificent century – his first of the season – stole the show on a rain interrupted penultimate day between Hampshire and Yorkshire at The Rose Bowl.
Resuming on 37, the England batsman reached his 24th First-Class hundred off just 155 balls in an enterprising innings. He finished the day unbeaten on 140* (which included 24 fours and one six from 213 balls) in a colossal 232 third-wicket stand with the equally impressive Neil McKenzie (95*).
While only 52 overs were possible on day three, Hampshire batted stubbornly to propel their overnight 116-2 to 291-2 at the close. However, the hosts still need another 91 to reach the 383 runs required to avoid the follow-on target in this match.
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Earlier, persistent rain meant the scheduled start time had to be pushed back to 3pm, but even the long wait couldn’t deter Carberry from getting up and running quickly. He exquisitely glanced the very first ball of the day off Ryan Sidebottom (1-51) to the boundary rope on a wicket which again favoured the batting side.
Yorkshire captain, Andrew Gale rotated his bowling attack but it was in vein as Hampshire’s duo at the crease looked untroubled throughout. Carberry, in particular, having missed most of the summer through illness quickly raced to his half-century from 65 balls and did not stop there.
While McKenzie began the day on 30*, he played patiently and kept the Yorkshire attack at bay, giving Carberry license to move on to the front foot from the other end (although he needed no invitation!)
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He reached his three-figure score after Tea with two lustful blows, to the delight of the Rose Bowl faithful. First, he dispatched David Wainwright (1-68) for a maximum through the leg side before piercing the field with a powerful square-cut in the next over to take him to the landmark. Carberry then rightly raised his bat in style in what was a defining knock for the 30-year-old – one which he later dedicated to his childhood cricket development officer and old friend – David Lomas, who died on Friday.
It did look likely McKenzie (95* from 199 balls) would become the second centurion of the day for Hampshire and claim his second hundred in four-day competition of the summer, but he will have to wait a little longer to record the same feat as his batting partner.
Despite Yorkshire’s attempts to manoeuvre their bowling unit before the revised close of play at 6.30pm, neither the spin of Adil Rashid (0-62) nor David Wainwright (1-68) could break such a defiant Hampshire stand.
Both teams head into the final day’s play having both taken three vital County Championship points apiece. However, it will need to be a dramatic day if either side are to turn the tables and secure victory in this match.
Words: Stuart Appleby
Images: NJM Photography
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