Red Rose routed by classy Carberry
Michael Carberry carried his bat for a sensational 150 as Hampshire Royals demolished Lancashire Lightning by nine wickets to extend their advantage at the top of Group B in the Yorkshire Bank 40.
Carberry shared an unbroken partnership of 173 with skipper Jimmy Adams, who contributed 66, as the Ageas Bowl hosts overhauled Lancashire’s 244 for six with 36 deliveries unused.
Ashwell Prince had hit exactly 100 for the Red Rose, but his fine performance was overshadowed by a stunning 115-ball knock from Carberry, who proved particularly dominant on the pull and through cover.
The left-hander struck 18 fours and finished the game off with his fifth six to pass his previous List A best of 148 not out.
Carberry has been a prolific one-day batsman for some time and was the leading run-scorer in last year’s domestic 40-over competition. However, he can rarely have demonstrated such mastery of an attack as he did on this occasion.
Lancashire’s bowlers had no answer to the 32-year-old, who put on 77 with James Vince inside 11 overs before continuing a ferocious assault in the company of his captain.
Hampshire have now won four of their five matches while dejected Lancashire are still looking for their second victory.
Lancashire captain Simon Katich, a former Hampshire player, must have regretted losing the toss as openers Stephen Moore and Steven Croft were back in the pavilion with only 29 on the board.
Yet the visitors were redeemed by veteran South African Prince, who made only his third limited-overs century in 239 matches around the world.
Prince was caught at the wicket off Sean Ervine immediately after completing his hundred, which contained a solitary maximum and 11 fours.
He shared in a stand of 112 in 17 overs for the third wicket with Karl Brown, who made 44 before being held in the deep by Chris Wood off Liam Dawson.
Gareth Cross and Wayne White built on Prince’s contribution with a sixth-wicket stand of 59 before the former fell to the last ball of the innings.
Yet Lancashire’s hopes of defending their seemingly useful total soon vanished in a hail of big shots from Carberry and Vince.
A wicket arrived when Vince pulled Kyle Hogg straight to deep square-leg, but Hampshire were rampant thereafter.
Adams played several classy shots of his own, yet was content to let his partner take centre-stage.
Carberry duly brought up his hundred from 77 balls, seven fewer than Prince, and was untroubled save for one let-off towards the end of the innings when Stephen Parry failed to take a difficult chance in the deep.
Hampshire’s match-winner was given a standing ovation as he left the field, having surpassed the 148 he made in this competition against Scotland last summer.