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Carberry hits measured ton

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Michael Carberry

Michael Carberry of England A eased his way to three-figures © Getty Images

Hampshire's Michael Carberry secured valuable batting practice whilst reaching his hundred for England A on the last day of their drawn three-day match against the Bangladesh Academy in Dhakar.

Although Carberry was dropped four times close to the wicket, he reached his hundred while wicket-keeper Steven Davies also impressed with a fifty from only 61 balls, as he timed and placed his strokes to perfection during the tourists' second innings score of 226 for three declared.

Carberry hit 15 boundaries in his 187-ball hundred before retiring as he and captain Michael Yardy put on 71 in the opening stand after they had started the day with a one run advantage.

Steve Davies

Steve Davies impressed with his excellent shot selection © Getty Images

A 122-run partnership followed for the second-wicket between Carberry and Davies with Davies hitting 67 off 102 balls, included eight boundaries.

In the afternoon's final 20 overs Graham Onions picked up three wickets and at one stage the home side were 28 for four.

Jahirul Islam, Junaed Siddique, Nasiruddin Faruque and Mahmudulla Riyad fell to poor shots.

Leicestershire seamer Stuart Broad removed Nasiruddin before Tom Smith of Lancashire got rid of the captain Nadif Chowdhury, caught behind for four.

Jahirul and Junaed were caught at short mid-wicket and mid-off respectively while Nasiruddin and Mahmudulla went chasing wide ones outside the off stump and they eventually reached 56 for five at the close.

The first of two Tests against Bangladesh A starts on February 22 at the National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.

Gloucestershire all-rounder Alex Gidman and seamer James Kirtley of Sussex, who have joined the tour to replace Ravi Bopara and the injured Amjad Khan, will come into consideration.

The National Institute of Sport grounds were patrolled by 64 uniformed police officers armed with sub-machine guns but there was no hint of crowd trouble and the match was played in an almost serene manner.

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