Carberry ton frustrates Yorkshire

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Michael Carberry

Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry struck an unbeaten 140 to frustrate Yorkshire on day three of their clash at the Rose Bowl

Michael Carberry recorded his first century of the season as Hampshire and Yorkshire ambled towards a high-scoring draw at the Rose Bowl.

In only his third LV= County Championship match of the season, Carberry, who had been sidelined for the majority of the season with a blood clot on his lungs, struck 140 not out as Hampshire continued their recovery in response to Yorkshire's formidable first-innings total of 532.

Hampshire went through the third day without losing a wicket after the first 45 overs of the day's allocation had been wiped out by rain.

Hampshire resumed on 116 for two from 29 overs and ended the day 291 for two from 81, still trailing by 241 but with eight wickets in hand.

Carberry and South African veteran Neil McKenzie added 175 in the 52 overs that were possible, with Yorkshire unable to make a breakthrough on an easy-paced wicket which offered the bowlers little assistance.

The third-wicket pair have so far added 232 with McKenzie just as punishing and well-set, ending the third day 95 not out.

Carberry's innings has occupied 213 deliveries and has included 24 fours in addition to a six off left-arm spinner David Wainwright.

McKenzie, within sight of his second century of the championship season, has so far faced 199 balls and struck 11 fours.

With only one day to go neither side can afford a draw, with Hampshire bottom of the table and without a win while Yorkshire have managed only two victories.

At stumps they had each collected three bonus points, leaving Hampshire another 92 to avoid having to follow on but with Yorkshire already aware that they will struggle to achieve that on a batsman's paradise.

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