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Second Highest Rose Bowl Total Proves too Much to Chase

Apr 19 2009


Chasing the second highest one day total ever made at The Rose Bowl, Hampshire’s Friends Provident Trophy campaign started off with a 53 run defeat at the hands of Worcestershire Royals. Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry felt that the team’s defeat was down to his side’s consistent loss of wickets in the latter stages of the match.

Carberry, who scored 34 for the Hawks, was also quick to heap praise on his opponents, in particular Moeen Ali who scored 125: “You’ve got to give credit to Worcestershire, and especially Moeen Ali who played very well. They used their spinners well and played a good all round game.” England international Gareth Batty took five wickets.

Hampshire had already beaten today’s opponents in the LVCC match earlier in the week, and Carberry said it was a crash down to earth, but one the team can pick themselves up from. “We’ve got a game against Warwickshire coming and yes, the pressure is on, but the team is talented enough to recover. We took advantage of every time we were on-top, we squeezed them every time, but today it wasn’t enough”.

The untried batting order did bemuse some onlookers, but Carberry insists that every player is flexible within the squad and that they can bat in any position required. “Daws (Liam Dawson) is a quality player, and to be fair any player has the ability to adapt to a situation. I mean I came in at five and had to change the way I play and until I hit a poor shot I thought I did OK”. John Crawley, opening the batting with Michael Lumb, top scored for the Hawks with his eighth one day century.

Hampshire have a chance to make up for this defeat in the next Friends Provident Trophy game against Leicestershire Foxes at Grace Road next Sunday. Today The Foxes lost to Nottinghamshire Outlaws by 8 wickets, leaving them propping up Group A, below Hampshire on run rate.


 Match summary by Nick Howson and Jane Cable.

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