Royals forced to make do without Carberry

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Giles White is confident Hampshire can cope without Michael Carberry as they bid to earn their place in another Lord’s final.

The Royals batsman is away on England duty and is not expected to be released, even if he is not selected for the one-day internationals with Australia.

England face the Aussies at Headingley today and at Old Trafford on Sunday.

So feasibly, Carberry – who made 10 in the win over Ireland on Tuesday – could pop down to the Ageas Bowl between the matches to help his side out.

But the Hampshire manager does not expect the ECB to allow that to happen.

He is planning for life without his leading run-scorer in this year’s Yorkshire Bank 40 competition for the semi-final showdown against Glamorgan.

White said: ‘We’re not expecting Michael to be involved. We expect him to play for England.

‘It’s a blow that he won’t be available but he is playing for England and we are enormously proud that he is doing so.

‘So we will make do without him.

‘We’ve got a good squad of players and everyone has contributed in one-day cricket.

‘It will be up to someone else to step up to the plate and perform well on the day.

‘We’ve got a number of players who can do that.’

Spinner Danny Briggs, who has missed this week’s Championship clash with Northamptonshire, is set to return after providing squad cover for England’s trip to Ireland.

White has backed his troops to secure their place in the final of the competition they won last year.

But he predicts a tough battle against a much-improved Welsh side.

He said: ‘It’s another big game and for us to get through this one would be another great achievement for the players and the club to get to another final.

‘It’s going to be tough. Glamorgan are playing good cricket.

‘They haven’t played in one-day finals for a while now, so this is a huge game for them.

‘We’ve got to make sure we turn up and all contribute.

‘If we do that, I’m confident we can get the right result.’

The game could also mark Dimi Mascarenhas’ farewell appearance on his home pitch with the all-rounder retiring at the end of the campaign.

And White feels there is an extra ounce of motivation to give him the perfect send-off.

He said: ‘There is always motivation to win a competition.

‘But of course it would be nice to do it for Dimi.

‘T20 finals day hurt us and we want to bounce back from that.

‘Our four-day cricket is also hurting us at the moment.

‘We are not performing in that as we would wish, so we are really keen to put in the right performance and hopefully we can do that.’

He added: ‘I think we’ve got a good all-round side. Everyone contributes and they play for each other.

‘There is a great feeling of belief in the group in the one-day game.

‘Now it’s at the business end – it’s all on the day to perform.’