Ruthless Michael Carberry rode his luck to blast a fabulous second century in three CB40 games and declared: I’m happy to make other teams pay.
The Hampshire batsman looks in the form of his life at present as he hammered an unbeaten 148 in the win over Scotland – a career best in one-day cricket – to add to the brilliant 103 not out he hit at Somerset recently.
But while Carberry played some glorious strokes, he also knew he’d got away with at least one extra life after he was dropped in the deep by Scotland’s Jean Symes when he was on just 31.
Carberry – who had also just edged through the slips moments before – puffed out his cheeks at his lucky escape.
He then made sure he was not going to let his opportunity slip through his fingers as the Scots had done.
Carberry said: ‘I was on 31, I hit that one in the air and thought “Oh no”.
‘But that’s one-day cricket for you.
‘It’s a high-risk game at times. It’s my shot and I have to play it but I didn’t see the fielder sneak around the corner.
‘If he’d caught it, it could have been a different story.
‘But that’s cricket – you’ve got to ride your luck when you get the chance.
‘Cricket is a funny game. When things are going against you, those catches get snaffled.
‘But as I’ve been taught from a young age, when you get chances, you make people pay.
‘Thankfully, I did that this time.’
While the left-hander made the most of his let-off, Scotland skipper Gordon Drummond knew his side had missed their chance of taking another big scalp.
Drummond said: ‘It’s a tale of missed opportunities.
‘You can’t give a guy like Carberry a couple of chances because as he showed, he will pile on the runs.
‘He batted brilliantly to be fair to him but we dropped him twice.’
Considering Scotland are probably the weakest side in the group, they gave Hampshire a real battle with a late blitz of some ropey death bowling from Chris Wood and David Griffiths.
And Carberry believes there is still plenty of room for improvement after he admitted that he was less than happy with the final few overs of the Scotland innings from his team-mates.
He said: ‘When we came off the field, I was pretty upset with how we bowled in that last period because we let them get 30 runs too many.
‘I don’t think our plans were very good, if I’m being totally honest.
‘We have to be honest with ourselves and know that we can improve by about 40-per-cent. No disrespect to to Scotland but against slightly better batting line-ups, we could have got hurt.
‘You’ve then got to chase them down.
‘We didn’t get off to a great start but it was a great team effort from there.
‘My hat goes off to Liam Dawson and Simon Katich who came in there and played really well under pressure to give me some support.’