Hampshire served up a right royal treat to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, with a comfortable six-wicket victory over Scotland at the Ageas Bowl in group B of the CB40.
The Royals – a nickname certainly fitting for the occasion – owed much to the performance of the in-form Michael Carberry, who hit a fantastic 148 not out off 122 balls, his List-A career best, to follow up his previous two one-day scores of 103 and 54.
The left-hander’s brilliant innings ensured the hosts chased down their opponents’ 230 for nine with almost four overs to spare.
He was aided by a classy 41 from Simon Katich, as the duo shared a fourth wicket stand of 106 to help Jimmy Adams’ side recover from a shaky start.
Adams and James Vince both fell cheaply to seamer Gordon Drummond, and Hampshire were left rocking on 15-2.
But the experienced Carberry and Katich steadied the ship, to put the home team in control.
When the latter, and then new man at the crease Sean Ervine were both removed by Matthew Parker in quick succession, victory was looking less than certain for the hosts.
But Carberry went on to make his sensational century, and was ably assisted by Liam Dawson (27), as the pair put on 103 to steer the Royals home.
In the field, Dimi Mascarenhas (two for 32) and Danny Briggs (three for 35) made sure Scotland were restricted to an achievable target.
However, some sloppy bowling at the death gave Adams and his troops more to chase than they would have envisioned.
On a day when Carberry took centre stage, both Vince and Katich played their part with two outstanding pieces of fielding to remove Scotland openers Josh Daley and Calum MacLeod.
First Vince took a superb one-handed catch as he back-peddled through cover to take care of Daley.
Then Katich sprawled to his left to pluck a well-hit drive out of the air to have MacLeod strolling back to the pavilion.
Briggs got in on the act by having the dangerous Preston Mommsen caught by Liam Dawson for 48, before he trapped both Craig Wallace and Moneeb Iqbal lbw.
Had it not been for Majid Haq’s unbeaten 53, Scotland would have been in deeper trouble.
But as it was, Carberry made light work of their total, sealing the win with a huge six over square leg.