Hampshire v Yorkshire, Rose Bowl, 4th day August 5, 2011

Carberry makes triple-century in 523-run stand

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Yorkshire 532 and 40 for 0 drew with Hampshire 599 for 3 dec

Michael Carberry and Neil McKenzie wrote themselves into the record books with a partnership of 523 as Hampshire's clash with fellow relegation candidates Yorkshire at the Rose Bowl ended in a draw. Carberry was playing his third match since returning from a serious illness that kept him out of the game for nine months.

Carberry and McKenzie came together with Hampshire on 59 for two in response to Yorkshire's first innings total of 532. The pair then thwarted the visitors for the little matter of eight hours and 135 overs with Carberry going on to make an unbeaten 300 and McKenzie scoring an equally valuable 237.

Hampshire, who remain winless and at the foot of the County Championship first division table, eventually declared at 599 for 3 when Carberry reached his triple-century.

That left only time for Yorkshire to score 40 without loss before both sides agreed on the draw. But it was the giant partnership of Carberry and McKenzie that will be remembered in a high-scoring contest.

Carberry's monster innings came off 427 balls and included 43 fours and two sixes. South African McKenzie, who also made the best score of his career, faced 412 balls, hitting 25 fours and two sixes.

Yorkshire's nine-man attack had no answer to Carberry and McKenzie whose partnership was the highest for the third wicket in the history of the County Championship. It beat the previous best in 1997 by Worcestershire's Graeme Hick and Tom Moody, ironically against Hampshire.

The stand was the third highest in the history of the Championship and the ninth highest in all first-class cricket. At one stage, it looked as if they would threaten the all-time best partnership of 555 between Yorkshire's Percy Holmes and Herbert Sutcliffe against Essex at Leyton.

Carberry, who been sidelined by illness for long periods since making his only England Test appearance in Bangladesh last year, said: "This was only my third match back in the team and I cannot believe it has gone so well. The pitch was perfect to bat on and Neil and I kept each other going.

"It has been well documented that I had blood clots on the lung and it has taken nine months out of my life. I am lucky just to be playing again so to get 300 exceeded all my expectations.''

The partnership came to an end at 523 in the 151st over when McKenzie lifted a gentle catch to mid-on where Gary Ballance held on to give left-arm spinner David Wainwright a wicket his perseverance had warranted.

Among the other records to go was Hampshire's highest stand for any wicket, overtaking the 411 put together by Robert Poore and Teddy Wynyard against Somerset at Taunton way back in 1899.

Carberry's previous best was 205 against Warwickshire two years ago and the only chance offered during the mammoth partnership came from McKenzie soon after surpassing his previous best of 225, a return catch which Wainwright failed to hold.

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  • Bob on August 6, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    But the good thing is neither side got maximum points... which still leaves Hampshire without a county championship win so far, which is no more than they deserve. Division 2 beckons...

  • Alan on August 6, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Commendable innings from Carberry, and McKenzie seems to be one of those players who can sustain concentration through long partnerships (I believe he still shares the test record for the opening partnership with Graeme Smith). From a Yorkshire perspective, complaints about the pitch notwithstanding, I have to observe that their bowling has been very poor this season, notwithstanding all the ex-England bowlers they have (Sidebottom, Rashid, Shahzad ...)

  • George on August 6, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    @Delta11 - producing a road was probably the safest thing for Hampshire to do. If they hadn't they'd probably have been nailed with another points deduction!

  • George on August 6, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Dreadful, dreadful pitch - how can 500+ plays 500+ with the 3rd innings barely underway EVER be good for cricket? As George Dobell has written before, flat pitches are a bigger threat to cricket than performance enhancing drugs and match fixing combined. Having said that, it was an entirely understandable reaction from the Hampshire groundsman after that utterly ridiculous points deduction - I hope the pitch inspectors are feeling suitably chastened (though somehow I doubt it). And flat pitch or not, you've still got to score the runs, which Carberry & McKenzie did very well.

  • ian on August 6, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Blame the ECB inspectors - Hants last match against Notts went to the last ball on the final day and was great entertainment. The spin bowlers had to use their skill and the batsmen actually had to work hard and be technically sound to score runs. The reward - 8 points deducted for "excessive spin" for a non-dangerous pitch that lasted 4 days !

  • chandana on August 6, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    1171 runs off 335 overs at 3.5/over in 4 days doesn't say much except only 13 wickets fell. If the pitch indeed was a featherbed the scoring rate should have been much higher. after all even Test matches these days produce high scoring (last test England 2nd innings run rate was over 4!) rates. Problem maybe negative bowling and fields as well; or lack of intent to win specially where points are available for drawing neat :) Maybe the points system needs to be structured to give more value to wickets and wins. (for eg. the super 15 has an interesting points structure which rewards scoring 4 tries and also losing by less than 7. this year there were several matches where both teams scored more than 4 tries and the loser picked up 2 bonus points by scoring 4 tries and losing by less than 7 while the winner got only 1 bonus point.) the game today is heavily weighted towards batting with all the rules and equipment and conditions. Something has to give or bowlers willl lose interest :)

  • Jake on August 6, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    Stop worrying about the pitch and congratulate two batsmen on a wonderful partnership and Carberry on an amazing innings so soon after a terrible illness.

  • Andy on August 6, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    I could've made 100 on this pitch, and that's coming from someone who's highest score is 26 not out against my mates in the park before it got too dark to play any more. I totally agree with everyone who has said about points deductions - If Warwickshire got an 8 point penalty earlier in the season for a dangerous pitch, then Hampshire deserve the same penalty for the pitch being dangerous to spectators' mental health. 532 plays 599-3d isn't fun for anyone to watch. Take nothing away from Carbs' innings, all he can do is go out and bat on the pitch he's been given to bat on, but it's a disgrace that any grounds, never mind an international ground where test matches are played nowadays, are allowed to get away with preparing pitches like this one.

  • Mari on August 5, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    What a magnificent innings by both Carberry and McKenzie. I was honoured to witness it. Obviously, those who made previous comments weren't there.

  • Harvey on August 5, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    I agree with yorkshire-86's sentiments. I suspect the Hampshire groundsman was making a point (after Hampshire were deducted points recently for preparing a pitch that actually offered some help for spinners). If so, he's made it very well. Where are the pitch inspectors now? It's a disgrace that points get deducted for challenging but fair pitches, but not for pancakes like this one which would kill the game if they became widespread.

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