Carberry shines brightest in draw

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Ian Blackwell & Durham

Ian Blackwell was entrusted with 24 overs and claimed five wickets, but could not stop Michael Carberry confirming a draw

Michael Carberry scored his second century of the match before rain washed out any hope of a positive result against Durham in the LV= County Championship at Basingstoke.

Carberry, capped once by England against Bangladesh in March, hit 162 in the first innings and followed that with another 107 in the second, on the day it was announced he signed a new contract with Hampshire.

When rain intervened Hampshire were 203 for five in their second innings, a lead of 304 with 44 overs of the match allocation still remaining.

Hampshire were in a hurry when they resumed their second innings at 41 for two with Carberry and Michael Lumb putting on a rapid 150 for the third wicket in 47 overs.

Both players made full use of the small boundaries at May's Bounty with Lumb hitting four sixes and Carberry three.

Lumb was the first to go at 191 when he lofted Ian Blackwell into the deep where Steve Harmison took the catch.

Lumb, who had made 158 in the first innings, had to settle for 64 this time as the hosts accelerated towards a declaration.

Carberry fell when the score was 200, stumped by Phil Mustard going down the wicket to Blackwell. His innings also included 13 fours and came off 176 balls.

James Vince became left-arm spinner Blackwell's fifth victim when he was bowled without scoring, but then it rained.

Blackwell finished with creditable figures of 5-79 from his 25 overs but former England pace bowler Harmison bowled only six completed overs as Durham captain Mustard turned to his spinners.

Hampshire dominated the first day by making 421 for five with Carberry and Lumb sharing in a record-breaking stand of 314 for the second wicket.

But rain also accounted for most of the second day's play so that only 11 overs were bowled.