Determined Carberry is fired up for Worcestershire test

Michael Carberry. Picture: Neil Marshall

Michael Carberry. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Michael Carberry has his sights set on firing Hampshire to victory at Worcestershire in the County Championship.

The four-day clash begins tomorrow.

Hampshire will be boosted by their strong performance against Kent at the Ageas Bowl in Thursday’s Natwest T20 Blast contest.

Carberry’s impressive 73 off 58 balls was crucial in setting a total the visitors were unable to chase down.

It also helped to ease some of the pain after Carberry was not selected for the England Test squad for the first match of the series against Sri Lanka.

He said: ‘I am just trying to get back into playing really.

‘I haven’t really played a lot in the last two or three weeks.

‘Performances like this help going forward.

‘We have some positive momentum.’

Hampshire lost James Vince early on against Kent.

Jimmy Adams then smashed the ball around the ground at the other end but he fell for 47.

That meant it fell on Carberry to take the initiative.

It was a challenge he relished.

He brought up his 50 in a manner that signalled he was returning to his best form.

Kent bowler Darren Stevens was the victim in the 14th over.

Carberry reached 40 with a two, then fired a four and a six, all in consecutive balls.

He then pushed on to 73 off 58 balls before he was bowled.

But by then the damage had been done as Hampshire posted 171 – a score that proved beyond Kent.

Carberry said: ‘Last season I tried to come out hard in twenty20 but it hadn’t quite worked for me.

‘This time of year wickets are still quite lively.

‘You don’t usually start twenty20 this early.

‘So I had to take some time to get used to the wicket and obviously try to drop some bombs towards the end.’

The Hampshire bowlers then took over, with Danny Briggs (three for 28) on form.

Carberry said: ‘We know what Briggsy can do.

‘It doesn’t surprise me anymore.

‘I have seen it for many years and long may it continue.’

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