Relentless Carberry ploughs on

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Michael Lumb, Rikki Clarke, Michael Carberry & Tim Ambrose

Michael Carberry (centre) is the country's in-form batsman, with three successive innings of over 100 for Hampshire

Michael Carberry hit his third century in four innings on a day of high scoring for both Hampshire and Warwickshire in the LV= County Championship match at the Rose Bowl.

Hampshire opener Carberry was unbeaten with 183 not out at the close as his team trailed Warwickshire’s first-innings total by 175 with one day remaining.

Warwickshire batted on at the start of the third day with eighth-wicket pair Jonathan Trott and Chris Woakes taking their partnership to 222 before their captain Ian Westwood declared.

At that stage Warwickshire were 484 for seven, having recovered from the perils of 90 for five.

Trott spent seven and a half hours compiling his 184 not out while Woakes, coming at number nine, finished with a career-best 131.

Woakes' previous best score was a modest 62 and he should have gone before reaching his century, but on 98 he was put down at mid-wicket by Imran Tahir off James Tomlinson.

Reserve wicket keeper Tom Burrows was also guilty of a missed catch as Warwickshire reached maximum batting points.

On an easy-paced pitch Hampshire's openers Carberry and Jimmy Adams found batting just as straightforward and gave no chances on their way to making 261 together before they were parted.

Carberry raced to his century off 116 balls with 16 fours and a six off Woakes and Adams seemed destined to follow him to three figures.

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But after making 90, Adams drove Westwood's part-time spin to mid-wicket where Trott clutched the low catch.

Michael Lumb joined Carberry to take the Hampshire score to 309 for one at the close with Carberry having so far faced 243 balls and having added 10 more boundaries to his collection.

Like Trott's 184, Carberry's total was his best of the season leaving the match destined to end in stalemate.

Such was the blandness of the Rose Bowl wicket that three entire sessions went by without a wicket falling.

Warwickshire's seventh-wicket fell at 262, three overs before tea on the previous day.

It was another 118 overs before the next wicket fell when Adams misjudged his drive and by the close there had been no more chances as both sides made the most of the gentle conditions.

Westwood used seven bowlers in a bid to break Hampshire's grip but Carberry was unmoved.

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