Royals Lord it over Sharks

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Sam Northeast during the press conference at the Ageas Bowl on Friday. Picture: www.davevokes.photography

Northeast: I can realise my dreams with Hampshire

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Michael Carberry played his ‘most important innings’ of the year as Hampshire booked their spot at Lords for the Clydesdale Bank 40 final.

The left-hander and fellow opener James Vince took apart the Sussex Sharks attack on Saturday – helping the Royals to an emphatic eight-wicket semi-final triumph at Hove.

Warwickshire now await in the final of the 40-over competition on Saturday, September 15.

And Carberry, who hit 68, is hoping for a repeat of the last time the Royals made it to Lords – their 2009 Friends Provident Trophy success.

He said: ‘Because of what was riding on it, Saturday was probably the most important innings I’ve played this year.

‘So I’m delighted we’ve got through and really looking forward to the final. Playing at Lords is always special.

‘I’ve been fortunate enough to have played there a few times, not only in finals but also in first-class matches.

‘It’s what you play cricket for – to be on the big stage and show your skills in front of a big crowd.

‘I obviously have happy memories of the last time we were at Lords.

‘I just remember going out to bat and the noise was incredible from the Hampshire supporters.

‘So we’re looking forward to more of the same and hopefully the same result.’

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