Kent v Hampshire, Flt20 South Group, Canterbury July 29, 2013

Carberry's Canterbury run-spree continues


Hampshire 185 for 6 (Carberry 83*, McKenzie 45) beat Kent 123 for 9 (Stevens 39, Dawson 4-19) by 62 runs

Former Kent batsman Michael Carberry took his Canterbury run-spree for July to 303 in three innings as he put his old side to the sword and helped inspire Hampshire to a seventh South Group win as they beat a youthful Kent by 62 runs.

Fresh from scoring 154 and 66 in the corresponding County Championship clash here two weeks ago, Surrey-born Carberry returned to hit 11 fours and a six in an unbeaten 83 as Hampshire posted an impressive 20-over total of 185 for 6.

In pursuit a young host side, without the likes of Rob Key, Brendan Nash, Michael Powell, Vernon Philander and Charlie Shreck, were held to 123 for 9 as offspinner Liam Dawson caused havoc with competition-best figures of 4 for 19.

Kent lost openers Daniel Bell-Drummond (12) and Fabian Cowdrey (13) in the fifth over of their reply bowled by Dimitri Mascarenhas and, by the end of the Powerplay, were already 30 runs off the pace set by Hampshire. By the mid-point of their reply Kent's asking rate had already soared to 12 an over, but Darren Stevens briefly warmed to the task by clubbing three sixes in the space of 11 balls, only to lose Sam Billings to a catch in the deep off Dawson.

Three balls later and without addition, Stevens top-edged a sweep off Dawson to fine leg to go for 39 off 28 balls and, when Dawson had Alex Blake stumped first ball to make it 69 for 5, Kent's hopes of a third win and completing a double over Hampshire were in tatters.

With a home quarter final tie already assured, Hampshire set out to avenge their sole South Group defeat at the hands of Kent by batting first on a pristine pitch that helped openers Carberry and James Vince to put 20 on board within nine deliveries of the start.

Vince clubbed a brace of leg side sixes off Mitch Claydon, but the on-loan Durham seamer won quick revenge by clipping the top of Vince's off stump as he again heaved toward cow corner. Carberry upped his tempo by taking four boundaries in Claydon's next over, but Mark Davies stemmed the flow by having Jimmy Adams caught off a thick edge by Claydon at short third man, yet even so, Hampshire cantered to 62 for 2 by the end of their six Powerplay overs.

To his credit, rookie offspinner Adam Riley, Kent's most frugal bowler with 0 for 21, and veteran seamer Stevens temporarily restricted the boundary count to limit Royals to 84 for 2 at the innings mid-point, but Carberry ploughed on to a 33-ball 50 with seven fours and a six. He helped add 94 in 11.1 overs with Neil McKenzie before the latter was run out for 45 when attempting a sharp single to Stevens at wide mid-on.

Then, a fit again Hants' skipper Mascarenhas fell to a spectacular overhead catch at long leg by Ben Harmison after hooking at a Matt Coles bouncer. Coles picked up a fortunate second scalp Sean Ervine clipped a low full toss to long-on, and Claydon closed with a costly 2 for 55 when he bowled Dawson with the final delivery of the innings. But Carberry refused to budge and carried his bat for 83 from 56 balls.

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  • o on July 30, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    He has to play v Australia in T20's and Odi there is no 2 ways about it absolute beast with bat and the quickest fittest fielder in England by a country mile !

  • stuart on July 30, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    A good innings by Carbs. I feel he has been unlucky with England selections and he would have had a good career if he had been born an Aussie. He has always been a bit classy and feel he could still be utilised in one day cricket.Also just about the fastest player I have seen over the ground

  • dan on July 30, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    It is a disgrace that Michael Carberry has been consistently over looked by England. He has been one of the outstanding performers in white ball cricket (40 Over in particular) for the last 3 seasons in England. The very Idea that he is too old is quite frankly laughable when you consider that he is the fastest and fittest player in the Hampshire ranks. He is only 1 year older than Bell and Tredwell, the same age as Trot and younger than both Pietersen and Swan. After all, we only need him to be able to play for England for the next world Cup in two years time. Why is the idea so stuck in England management: that a play must come in at 22 or 23, before they have learnt their game. The 40 over tournament versus Australia will be Carberry's last hope of selection, if he is left out in the cold this September, then I fear he truly will have entered the Autumn of his career. England and their fans will be the poorer for it.

  • Duncan on July 30, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Really good player who has had bad luck with illness. @ZCF I see what you are getting at, but I'm not sure about that. Carberry and Root were both picked for England Lions earlier this year. Root was the stand out on that occasion and is 10 years younger so is bound to be preferred (esp after a good winter tour). Compton, Bairstow and Taylor all have better first class records and have been playing in division one. I'd like to see Carberry in the next T20 squad though. Maybe the ODI squad too, although opening in ODIs these days with the two new balls is quite different to our domestic 40 over competition.

  • Harriet on July 30, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    When Lumb was picked (a Hampshire player at the time) I was surprised as Jimmy Adams and Michael Carberry were and are, in my opinion, easily the better players.

  • ZCF on July 30, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Michael Carberry's pain is felt by many marginalised South Africans, as well as Zimbabweans of old. I never imagined Taylor, Bairstow, Compton and now Root would receive a consistent run in the side ahead of him. Injury/illness may have played it's part, but I'm pretty sure that had those other 4 been similarly sidelined, history shows that they would've been included in the squad upon their recovery. Not the case with him unfortunately. Such a pity!

  • o on July 30, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Carbs has to play against Australia in the short stuff there is just no way he can continued to be overlooked. Before anyone mentions his age make sure you know he's younger than Michael Lumb . . .

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    The home quarter-final had already been secured before this game.

  • Vijay on July 29, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    Micheal Carberry! He is very good player but what i feel he is only good for England conditions only against medicore bowling attacks. Here pitches are generally flats no spin, ball coming on bats easily good bounce u can play hook or pull. So nothing wrong when you are playing here only in UK. But his technique or batting style (simmy down the pitch) is not good for subcontinent pitches or against good quality teams or attack. Well its just my thoughts what i feel.. But its no doubt he is good aggressive player for youngsters and for just medium or spin bowlers.

  • Vijay on July 29, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    Hamp vs Kent! Really it was a match b/w Professional players vs very very Ordinary players. Any blind person can predict the winner b/w these two. There is no point of making such huge format of t20 when you know the results in advace. This is one of the reason that friends life t20 is not as popular as other tournament. You can figure out 10-12 best team than this will be more interesting to watch. For weaker teams you can easily make a qualifying round so that 1-2 teams may qualify. See better plan and better management is still needed to make the game more popular and interesting. What i still feel its too long t20 format and crowd is hardly taking any interest, so needed to be shortened to gain good outcome.

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