Essex v Hampshire, NatWest Blast, South Group, Chelmsford July 23, 2014

Carberry, Coles silence Chelmsford

Ryan Bailey at Chelmsford

Hampshire 168 for 5 (Carberry 57, Coles 54) beat Essex 167 for 9 (Pettini 44, ten Doeschate 36, Smith 3-17) by five wickets

As England plunge deeper into disarray, several discounted players could, if they so wish, look on rather smugly. Michael Carberry, it could be argued, is sitting prettiest. If anything, his repute has been enhanced as he channels his indignation into scoring runs for Hampshire. A swashbuckling fifty at Chelmsford silenced the crowd and got his message across.

Carberry was one England's more defiant players during a chastening winter, producing some stubborn displays at the top of the order, but he was overlooked by Peter Moores' new regime. It is unlikely a recall will come, particularly in the longer-format, as England look to the future, but the manner in which he disdainfully clubbed and swatted the Essex bowling to, and over, the fence had an element of wrath about it.

He spanked 25 off the third over of Hampshire's chase, despite James Vince falling first ball to Graham Napier, and welcomed young Matt Salisbury into the attack the next over by bludgeoning him for three further boundaries. By the time his defences were breached by Ravi Bopara in the eighth over, he had struck six fours and four maximums - destruction had well and truly been done.

Matt Coles - promoted up the order in an attempt to improve Hampshire's run rate - took great pleasure in dishing out more punishment to Essex's helpless attack in scoring the quickest half-century of the season as Hampshire reached their target of 168 with 15 balls left.

Essex's total was always likely to be inadequate on a bountiful surface and village-green sized boundaries. At one point, the umpires radioed upstairs asking for more balls to be sourced; it was lucky they did as the carnage escalated. In all, the rope was cleared 19 times but Hampshire suffered less damage as their slower bowlers operated acutely.

Jesse Ryder, for a player who has built his repute in the shortest-format, has failed to provide the pyrotechnics he's capable of on a regular basis up front. Ryder's footwork, particularly against spin, is questionable at the best of times but the manner in which Will Smith fired one through his shadowy defences, trying to force one into the off side, set a precedent.

The ease in which Essex have coasted through the group stage without him firing regularly is a testament to the subordinates below him. However, Paul Grayson will be hoping a below-par performance, in all disciplines, is nothing more than a blip in a near faultless season to date.

Tom Westley has stood tallest as top-scorer and coming in at the fall of the first wicket, with Ryder's indifferent form, there has been weight on his shoulders to direct the innings. He briefly did so with a quickfire 31 but after ignited the innings with a couple of glorious shots through the covers, Hampshire put the brakes on their charge.

Essex lost four for 36 in the final five overs, however, as Hampshire's spinners mixed their pace to great effect. Smith led the way with career-best figures of 3 for 17 as James Foster followed Ryder's suit and Ryan ten Doeschate holed out to Glenn Maxwell at deep midwicket. Coles conceded 42 runs in his four overs but repaired the damage with the bat in some style.

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  • Donna on July 23, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    The" Big Show" was over halfway through the IPL. It never would have started if the chances he offered had been held. Highly overrated batsman as many IPL players are. It's called advertising! Superlatives aplenty from Danny Morrison and Co. Lots of hype and exaggeration. Poor Michael Holding can't bring himself to commentate and Ian Bishop is usually the staid voice of reason on the team. They know what good batsmen look like, you see. Even with the monster bats and flat pitches and stifling fielding restrictions these batsman still need luck to make a score. When their luck runs out, it's over until the next batch arrives.

  • Paulo on July 23, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Carberry's England career should be over in my opinion. Although he hasn't had loads of chances, I feel he had looked far from comfortable in an England shirt. He's dropped sitters, had many sloppy dismissals and scored very slowly by his standards. And he hasn't scored many runs for England's either. Leave him alone. Let him enjoy his cricket for Hampshire. Instead pick Hales or Roy for white-ball cricket and Lyth for red-ball cricket if new openers are required at some time in the future.

  • Kevin on July 23, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Carberry always a feared player at this level. Certainly the way he seems to have left the England scene and move on domestically is impressive. The most impressive player this season out of the Compton, Pietersen, Trott, Taylor of this world who look like they will never play for England again

  • Paulo on July 23, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Another win to accompany beating Sussex. Hopefully enough to stop the rot, but we must start winning championship matches.

    Carberry has got back to back 50s, and they way he struck the ball last night suggests he has finally found form. Vince started off well but has struggled, perhaps being weighed down by captaincy. Adams has been the best Hampshire batsman in the tournament, and has shown why I consider him one of the best T20 batsmen in the country.

    Maxwell has been a huge disappointment. I don't understand why he's batted 3 the last couple of games. He's struggled at 4, so move him up to 3? He was awesome at 5/6 in 2012.

    Coles has played some destructive cameos this year, and had some luck. He's been expensive at times with the balls but has impressed me with his death bowling. Good decision to send him up the order as sometimes Smith has stagnated the runs.

    Well done to the spinners. Smith a surprise package. Briggs has been classy this tournament

  • mark on July 23, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    I guess Maxwell will leave it to the knockout stages to show us the reasons we re signed him ?!?!

  • o on July 23, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    Carberry Roy an Hales got to be in the top 3 v India in the short stuff go all out attack.

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