Classy Carberry secures draw

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Michael Carberry

Michael Carberry's unbeaten 136 stubbed out Lancashire's ambitions of victory on the final day at the Rose Bowl

Michael Carberry continued his rich vein of form with a fourth century in six innings to ensure Hampshire drew with Lancashire in a high-scoring match at the Rose Bowl.

Carberry hit 136 not out as Hampshire, 231 in arrears on their first innings, took full advantage of a placid pitch.

Lancashire were without key bowlers Glen Chapple and Sajid Mahmood and their weakened attack never looked like taking advantage of their big lead.

Lancashire resumed the fourth day at 487 for four in their first innings and from the second ball of the morning session lost VVS Laxman, who failed to add to his overnight 135 before edging a catch to Sean Ervine at slip.

Even with Laxman's dismissal there was no respite for the Hampshire attack, in which nine bowlers were used.

Francois du Plessis and Luke Sutton added a further 81 for the sixth wicket before Sutton decided to declare with two sessions left.

Du Plessis was 86 not out when Sutton called a halt, having hit 13 fours and a six, and the most successful of the toiling Hampshire attack was young pace bowler David Griffiths, who finished with a creditable 4-103.

Hampshire knew their only option was to battle for survival, and they had little difficulty in doing so as Carberry and Adams put on 75 for the first wicket before Kyle Hogg bowled the latter.
Former Lancashire batsman John Crawley, who announced his retirement during the match, had an opportunity to go out in style but made only 12 before edging young spin bowler Stephen Pally to Laxman at slip.

James Vince was the third to go at 142, giving Gary Keedy a wicket in a long stint of 24 overs when the teenage batsman guided him to Laxman in the slips.

But then Carberry took over, plundering the bowling in an innings of 18 fours and two sixes as he and Liam Dawson made sure there were no further mishaps.

Carberry's innings came off 229 balls and took him past 1,000 first-class runs for the season.

Carberry, who endured a miserable season last year, is now showing the form which earned him a place in the England Lions side at the start of last season, and with Dawson he put on an unbeaten 87 for the fourth wicket.

Laxman, not normally noted as a bowler, was even given two overs at the death as the match petered out into a predictable draw.

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