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Michael Carberry is determined to make the most of tomorrow’s Clydesdale Bank 40 final at Lord’s after seeing a productive season reduced by injury.

Carberry is the second-highest run-scorer in this year’s CB40, having scored 18 fewer than Lancashire’s Stephen Moore.

However, the Hampshire left-hander’s 563 runs have come in just eight innings, compared to Moore’s 13, after he was forced to spend several weeks on the sidelines with a knee problem.

A blistering 36-ball 68 in the semi-final triumph over Sussex proved Carberry had made a full recovery and he is now hoping to shine once more against Warwickshire at the home of cricket.

Speaking in the official matchday programme for the final, Carberry said: “When the injury came it felt like it came at the wrong time for me, because I was in a nice patch of form in this competition and going pretty well in first-class cricket as well.

Michael Carberry

Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry heads into tomorrow's final against Warwickshire averaging 94 in the 2012 Clydesdale Bank 40

“But these things do happen. Behind the scenes, as I was approaching my comeback, I put in a lot of hard work on my technique and I’ve been getting back into the mindset of playing big games.

“You can’t afford to take a backward step in this game or you’ll lose. These things either bring the best out of you, or you crumble – thankfully it’s gone my way since my return.”

Asked what advice he would offer the younger members of Hampshire’s squad, Carberry added: “I would say ‘enjoy yourself; enjoy the moment; enjoy the atmosphere’.

“If it’s anything like the last time I played in a Lord’s final for Hampshire (the 2009 Friends Provident Trophy victory over Sussex) it will be incredible.

“The noise when you come out to bat, with 15,000 Hampshire fans screaming your name and wanting you to do well; that’s a feeling you’re not going to get too many times in your life, so you’ve got to really enjoy it and let it bring the best out of you.”

Both Hampshire and Warwickshire have the opportunity to claim their second piece of silverware tomorrow, with the former having lifted the Friends Life t20 crown and Jim Troughton’s side winning the LV= County Championship.

Carberry is confident Hampshire will prevail if they perform to the best of their ability.

“When you get to Lord’s everyone is on an even playing field,” he reasoned.

“If Hampshire turn up and we play well, I always back my team 100%.

“We’re going there looking to enjoy the day and play our best cricket and we’ll see what happens ... hopefully a win!”

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