Carberry and McKenzie put Hampshire in charge
Hampshire 404 for 5 v Kent 251
Michael Carberry and Neil McKenzie scored centuries as Hampshire built an impressive first innings lead over Kent at the Rose Bowl.
Carberry, who made his first Test appearance against Bangladesh in March, reminded selectors of his quality by making 158 while South African Veteran McKenzie scored 113. In reply to Kent's 251 made on the first day, Hampshire ended 153 ahead at 404 for 5 and the home side firmly in control.
In contrast to the opening day, there was little in the pitch to encourage the Kent bowlers who were reduced in strength by Amjad Khan's injury. As a result Kent Captain Robert Key used seven bowlers including the occasional spin of Martin van Jaarsveld.
Hampshire lost only one wicket from the start of play when they were 51 for 2 until after tea when both centurions were dismissed. The only man to go was nightwatchman James Tomlinson who had made 11 when he guided Simon Cook to wicketkeeper Geraint Jones.
Carberry and McKenzie dominated the Kent attack with McKenzie straight driving Malinga Bandara for the game's first six on his way to his second century of his Hampshire career and his 35th in total.
Hampshire were 312 for 3 at tea and with the Kent attack already looking the worse for wear after a long day in the field. But just when it seemed as though they might never be parted McKenzie got an outside edge to a delivery from Cook and gave James Hockley a catch at second slip.
McKenzie hit 13 fours in an innings of 213 balls and his stand of 254 was the biggest by any Hampshire batsman against Kent. They beat international stars Gordon Greenidge and Barry Richards who put together an unbeaten 242 in 1973.
Carberry did not last much longer but after hitting a season's best 158 gave Robbie Joseph a wicket when he touched a delivery to wicketkeeper Jones. Carberry faced 261 bowls and hit 23 fours when he was fifth out but still there was no respite for the Kent bowlers.
James Vince and Nick Pothas took Hampshire beyond the 400 mark before stumps to set up a strong chance of completing only their second LV= County Championship win of the season.