Flawless Carberry keeps on trucking

Michael Carberry crushes Lancashire. Picture: Neil Marshall
Michael Carberry crushes Lancashire. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Michael Carberry served up a batting masterclass as Hampshire crushed Lancashire in their latest Yorkshire Bank 40 clash and then admitted: I might be getting a repair bill in the post.

The Royals batsman blitzed his way to a magnificent 150 not out – his career best in limited overs cricket – as the Royals romped to a nine-wicket victory with six overs to spare.

Ashwell Prince had earlier hit 100 as Lancashire posted a competitive 244 for six from their 40 overs.

But Carberry then smashed a superb 115-ball knock, which included 18 fours and five sixes.

One hit was an enormous blow which would have sailed into the adjacent nursery ground had it not clattered into the Sky Sports outside broadcast truck and left a hefty dent in the bodywork.

Carberry smiled: ‘Apparently, I’m getting an invoice later!

‘It was just one of those knocks, I guess.

‘I backed myself and if you’d seen me bat the day before you would say I couldn’t bat – not too many went out of the net!

Now the sides meet again in the Championship today.

But last night it was fitting the left-hander added the final flourish with another maximum to hit the winning runs.

It also took the talented batsman to his highest score in one-day cricket.

And Carberry paid tribute to the support from team-mates James Vince (25) and Jimmy Adams (66 not out).

His skipper joined him in a superb unbroken partnership of 173.

Carberry said: ‘To finish it like that was the stuff that dreams are made of.

‘The 150 will get the headlines but more importantly it was about being there at the end and finishing the game

‘Vincey was equally as fluent and we had a great start.

‘Then Jimmy coming in was a touch-and-go period in the game, so I knew I needed to hang around.

‘That didn’t mean I had to curb the way I was playing.

‘But it let Jimmy get himself in so we would have another launch after that.

‘Professional cricket is about seeing the job home so it was a pleasing performance from that point of view.’