Carberry admits low spirits in Hampshire camp

James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Michael Carberry admits Hampshire’s spirit has been shaken by their horrible run of form.

The club has now suffered five straight defeats and in the midst of their worst losing run in t20 cricket since 2007 after a third loss on the bounce.

Carberry looked to be the only batsman in any sort of form as he plundered 70 from 46 balls.

But it was not enough to drag his side to victory as they went down by 23 runs to Glamorgan.

Carberry said: ‘When you’re consistently losing games, the spirit in the camp is probably not where it should be.

‘But now with a bit of hard work we need to put this behind us, look forward to the next game and try to do the basics well.

‘As a team, you are always going to go through ups and downs during a season or a career.

‘We’ve had a tough start to the season in general and we’ve had it tough in all three formats.

‘We have high expectations in this competition and we’re not quite meeting those at the moment.

‘There is going to be some hard thinking going forward.

‘I suppose it’s a small crumb of comfort to score 70 but I would have liked it in a winning cause, rather than a losing one.

‘I haven’t been able to do that for the past month or so.

‘It’s been a bit of a struggle with the bat along with the other guys as well.’

Glamorgan put the Hampshire batsmen under even more pressure with their 181 for seven and Carberry felt it was a tall order to chase it down.

He said: ‘Their score was a little bit too much, I felt.

‘We didn’t quite get it right towards the back end and we leaked too many boundaries.

‘We tried to give it a good crack but we fell short at the end.’

Hampshire now start their next Championship game at Worcestershire on Monday.