‘Uncle’ Michael delighted to follow Sir Viv

Michael Carberry hits out. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
Michael Carberry hits out. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
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Michael Carberry revealed his pride at once again following in the footsteps of his cricketing hero Sir Viv Richards.

The Hampshire ace hit a fabulous century on the West Indies legend’s old stomping ground.

Richards adorns much of Somerset’s picturesque Taunton home after his long and successful stint with the club back in the 1980s.

But Carberry – who has plundered a double century and a ton in previous years – continued his own love affair with Somerset.

He fired a scintillating 103 not out to lead Hampshire to a nine-wicket victory in their CB40 clash yesterday.

Carberry said: ‘I’ve had a double hundred here, a century before and it was the home of my cricket hero, Viv Richards.

‘It’s a great honour to follow in his footsteps.

‘I didn’t have the honour to watch him play at Taunton but I met him a few years ago.

‘I’ve read books, watched videos and seen some of the great innings he has played at Taunton.

‘He is a hero and it was great to weigh in with a ton.’

Classy left-hander Carberry turned in a glorious display but admitted he was playing second fiddle until skipper Jimmy Adams was dismissed after blitzing 56 in a 103-run first-wicket stand.

Carberry said: ‘I was playing spectator at the other end while Jimmy Adams was going berserk!

‘He timed the ball beautifully and it gave us a really good launch pad.

‘At that stage, I didn’t feel I needed to do anything other than put the bad ball away.

‘But when Jimmy got out, it was down to me to take us through and take us home.’

Carberry was also full of praise for returning team-mate Dimi Mascarenhas, whose two for 17, from eight overs with the ball, set the tone for the visitors.

Carberry said: ‘It was a good win. It was a very, very professional performance.

‘It really started up front with Dimi with the ball. I thought it was an outstanding performance to go for just 17 runs in eight overs. It really set it up for us.

‘Scores at Taunton are generally quite high so to reduce the Somerset line-up to 212 was a great effort.’

The England man, who completed his century with the winning runs, enjoys his new-found role as an elder statesman.

But he gave a knowing look when asked if James Vince had been advised not to hit the winning runs when the winning line was in sight.

Asked what had been said between them, Carberry smiled: ‘I guess we’ll never know!

‘But it’s nice to be back playing, I’m enjoying my cricket.

‘I’m a sort of uncle to the younger batters but I’m really enjoying that role and the more responsibility that comes with it.’