Hampshire v Lancashire. FLt20 quarter-final, Ageas Bowl August 7, 2013

Carberry ton proves just enough


Hampshire 202 for 4 (Carberry 100*, Vince 60) beat Lancashire 201 for 4 (Brown 49, Moore 44, Croft 43*) by one run

Michael Carberry blazed and blasted Lancashire for his first Twenty20 century but the tenacious Red Rose refused to be bullied and gave Hampshire, the defending champions, the shock of their lives before falling a run short in a remarkable chase.

Carberry's 66-ball century was the defining innings of the match but first Karl Brown, then Steven Croft and Gareth Cross threatened to upstage him. It would have been some upset and Lancashire's highest chase in T20s but they failed by the narrowest margin. Hampshire were back at Finals Day.

Chasing 10-an-over Lancashire stayed in touch with a brave effort. They regularly found the necessary boundaries and ran just as well as Carberry and his partners had done. Hampshire thought two wickets in two balls for Danny Briggs had killed the reply but Lancashire almost pulled off the miraculous.

With 42 needed from three overs, Sohail Tanvir - who was in the Caribbean with Pakistan and missed Hampshire's final three group matches - criminally bowled a no-ball and was sent to the long-off boundary as 11 runs from the over kept Lancashire alive.

Chris Wood, who held his nerve to close out victory in the Clydesdale Bank 40 final last season, looked to be doing so again with block-hole deliveries but his final two balls were slightly overpitched and Cross went down to ramp the first to long leg for four and then slapped the sixth, a full toss, over long-on.

That meant 17 were needed from the final over and Tanvir was given the task. Another no-ball preceded two well-directed yorkers. But in striving for another, Croft lined up the length and blasted it over extra cover. A single and a scrambled two from a ball which went no more than a yard from the bowler's stumps meant four were needed from the final delivery. A low full-toss was swung down the ground, they could only get two and Hampshire breathed a mighty sigh of relief.

To get that close was a tremendous attempt considering the pummelling they had taken in the field albeit on a pristine batting surface. Although Carberry took the headlines, the onslaught had actually been started by James Vince who stroked a 30-ball 60 during an opening stand of 110 in 10 overs.

Carberry gave a chance to Stephen Moore at deep-backward square-leg when on 14. Glen Chapple thought he had bagged the prize wicket as Carberry hooked him into the deep. The Ageas Bowl fell silent as Moore ran in for the catch but he misjudged the flight, the ball carried over his left shoulder for four and the carnage began.

A stocky figure with big muscles, Carberry has ballistic power. His cock of the wrists in the backlift allows the bat to flash through and even strokes not perfectly timed have sufficient projection to find the rope. And when he does find the meat of the bat he sends the ball a very long way.

He found three such long balls. The first when Chapple wrongly decided a third over of his opening spell was a good idea during which a long hop was dispatched over midwicket. Kabir Ali was swung over long-on before Simon Kerrigan was hoisted into the sightscreen at the Northern End.

But it was the carving drives and flicks square of the wicket where Carberry's unconventional backlift benefitted him most. He placed the ball incredibly well and extracted plenty of twos. Lancashire were well and untruly given the run around.

Lancashire had selected two specialist spinners in Kerrigan and offspinner Arron Lilley, playing just his seventh T20, but any hope that pace off the ball would trouble Hampshire's power-hitters was quickly deadened. Neither bowler sent down his full allocation and conceded a combined 62 from six overs.

In contrast Briggs, Hampshire's leading wicket-taker in the competition, and Liam Dawson were far more economical. Briggs came up with two identical dismissals in the 12th over to seemingly swing the contest.

Both Brown, one short of a half-century, and Simon Katich, went back to cut deliveries that slid on to their exposed stumps. But Brown appeared unlucky as replays suggested the ball may have missed the stumps and it was wicketkeeper Adam Wheater's gloves that dislodged the bails.

Briggs then had Moore caught and bowled after a more patient innings that required some acceleration to become a match-winning knock. That impetus was provided by Croft and Cross and they nearly brought a glorious conclusion.

Alex Winter is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on August 9, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Well that's 2 good games in t20 this year. Close run chase ..which occur about once or twice a season, are the only trick t20 has. This was one, but most have been as dull as th IPL.. And the IPL really IS dull

  • John on August 8, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    @ BRUTALANALYST on (August 8, 2013, 13:39 GMT) It's quite amazing that we have a whole load of exciting opening 50 over options and we go for Trott and Bell. Craig has been in superb shorter formats form and this year has been far more consistent than Buttler. I like the attacking intent of your side. It pretty much has all the big hitters bar Lumb there. I think Eng should be trying Kieswetter again for the Lions game vs Bangladesh. Buttler already plays for the 1st 11 so it seems pointless. Wouls love to see Trego get a game too

  • Ben on August 8, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Presumably, then, Adam Wheater is going to be suspended for failing to inform the umpire that Karl Brown had not been dismissed, a la Dinesh Ramdin, or do we need Chris Broad around for that? This has been one of the worst summers of cricket ever due to the incompetence and double standards on the part of those who oversee the game, and I don't believe it's going to get any better soon.

  • o on August 8, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    @Salazar Poor logic, Kieswetter plays half his games at Taunton one of the biggest roads in the country with the smallest boundaries by far. He has scored 20 more runs but he has also played an extra innings the stats you want to look at which tell the story are Strikerate. Carberry has strikerate of 145 Kieswetter in 130's and Carberry hits far more 4's and less 6's showing he takes less risks and finds the gaps he plays much more measured innings than the streaky Kieswetter.You also want to look at how he plays under pressure in key moments like yesterday Kieswetter has often failed to go on when it counts. Both good player sbut Carberry is ahead even Kieswetter more or less said same after his last game.

  • Peter on August 8, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    I agree with basingrad, why is no one calling for Kieswetter to be returned to the team? He's done better than Carberry this year. If you want to go off stats to pick your team to include Carberry, you would also have to have Kieswetter.

    So both Hales and Lumb are being thrown out?

    I also think someone needs to have a good look at that bowled decision last night, it looked to me that the keeper knocked the bails off when Baker (I think it was) was given out bowled off the spinner. He was going well and that decision could have cost Lancashire a place at finals day

  • Peter on August 8, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    He has done well, he's still behind Kieswetter though in the run charts who also isn't in the England team. I also think he has an advantage of playing on absolute road at Hampshire where 400+ runs were scored last night.

    Still he's done enough to get a crack at 20/20 cricket. What do you do about Lumb, Hales and Kieswetter though? You can only have so many players in the opening positions and I don't think Wright and Pietersen will be moving a side for him.

  • shankar on August 8, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    This match brought back memories of IPL matches which typically end up giving spectators a heart attack or two. The fact that T20 has not seen the kind of viewership that IPL sees, can be due to the fact that the pitches in England have something for the bowlers and thus a typical T20 match sees a score between 120-150. In Indian conditions, the score is around 150-200 and thus almost every match seems like a blockbuster.

  • o on August 8, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    @Basingrad sure why not ? I wouldn't say Carberry is just current form though dude has been bossing it all yr and the previous. I'd probably play Kieswetter and Butler for England just like Somerset do. Would also probably throw Trego into the mix 1.Carberry 2.Hales 3.Kp 4.Kieswetter(k) 5. Morgan/Trego 6.Bopara/Butler 7. Stokes/Wright 8.Tredwell 9.Broad (c) This would be nucleus of my squad /11 and then Rankin or whatever other couple of fast bowler they feel like . . . (still think Jimmy an Swann could do well in T20)

  • jim on August 8, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Great innings by Carbs who must be due a one day and T20 call up .He can do no more.That boat has not sailed yet.As for Hants being "lucky",well one dubious dismissal aside were pretty much in control throughout with a little wobble at the end.Great chase by Lancs though,fair play but best team one.Vince batting shouldnt go unnoticed either,great future ahead for him

  • Roger on August 8, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Lancashire actually fell two runs short, as a tie would still have resulted in their losing the match.