Carberry 96 keeps Hampshire at summit
Michael Carberry struck 96 as Hampshire Royals eased to a five-wicket triumph over Durham Dynamos to stay top of Group B in the Yorkshire Bank 40 clash at the Ageas Bowl.
Carberry was out, caught at the wicket off Mark Wood with one run needed, but the damage had been done as Hampshire judged a run-chase perfectly to win with five balls to spare.
Rain reduced the match to 36 overs a side and Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams chose to bat first, a decision soon justified as Durham struggled to 45 for four in the 11th over.
Dimitri Mascarenhas, making his first appearance of the season after returning from the Indian Premier League, removed Phil Mustard in his first over and left-arm pace bowler Chris Wood sent back Scott Borthwick and Mark Stoneman.
Paul Collingwood passed 10,000 List A runs when he scored five but added only one more before his stumps were shattered by David Griffiths.
Only later in the innings did Durham show signs of recovery with Ben Stokes and Will Smith each hitting half-centuries to help their side a respectable 241 for eight.
Stokes punished the Hampshire bowlers with an aggressive 87 off 71 balls, an innings featuring six fours and four sixes, before being stumped off Wood.
Smith and Ryan Pringle put on 74 valuable runs for the seventh wicket before Griffiths returned to remove both as Durham attempted a late acceleration.
Griffiths finished with 3-42 and Wood 3-37 but Durham's total always looked vulnerable despite the loss of James Vince to the second ball of Hampshire's innings.
Vince, in fine form this season, was stumped by Mustard off Smith but that brought together Carberry and Adams, who swung the initiative back in Hampshire's direction.
The experienced second-wicket pair put on 133 in 18 overs before Adams slogged Borthwick to Wood at midwicket having compiled 67 from as many deliveries.
George Bailey and Sean Ervine each helped Carberry keep pace with the run-rate so that, with three overs left, Hampshire required 28.
It was then that Liam Dawson took control, smashing an unbeaten 37 off 21 balls with sixes off Chris Rushworth and Wood complimenting four fours.
Carberry departed looking for the winning run and with a century in his sights, yet would have taken pleasure from an 86-ball innings that was key to the defending champions’ third victory in this season's competition.