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Carberry puts Somerset to the sword

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Michael Carberry

Michael Carberry raises his bat after completing a fine century, which helped Hampshire to a nine-wicket victory over Somerset at Taunton

Michael Carberry’s unbeaten 103 and a fluent half-century from Jimmy Adams led Hampshire to a comfortable nine-wicket Clydesdale Bank 40 win over Somerset in front of a 4,000 Taunton crowd.

The two openers set their side on course to easily chase down a target of 213 with a stand of 103 inside 15 overs.

Carberry went on to hit 14 fours before bringing up his hundred and finishing the game with a six as the visitors raced to victory with more than 11 overs to spare.

Somerset had posted 212 for nine after losing the toss. Nick Compton and Jos Buttler impressed with 81 and 71, while Dimitri Mascarenhas returned 2-17 in his first appearance of the summer after bowling straight through with the new ball.

The hosts’ total never looked likely to be enough on a good batting pitch and Hampshire confidently made it three wins from as many Group B games.

Mascarenhas had Somerset under pressure from the start, bowling with superb control from the River End and uprooting the off stump on two occasions to remove Craig Kieswetter and Peter Trego.

When James Hildreth was caught at slip, after skying a top-edged pull off Chris Wood, the home side were 25 for three in the eighth over.

Compton and Buttler were forced to show caution as they set about rebuilding the innings. But Buttler still produced some stunning boundaries all around the wicket to reach his half-century off 59 balls.

The England limited-overs international averaged 137 in the competition last season and was looking set for another century only to be run out by Liam Dawson’s direct hit at the bowler’s end after calling for a quick single to mid-off.

Compton was unable to break loose and hit only six fours in his 106-ball innings, but it was still a valuable knock as, apart from him and Buttler, only Craig Overton managed double figures in the face of some sharp Hampshire fielding.

Somerset’s score appeared below-par and they needed to take their catches to defend it. Instead, the first chance went begging as Carberry, on one, was spilled by Compton, diving to his left at point off Trego.

It proved an expensive miss as Carberry and Adams started scoring freely; the latter hit two towering sixes off Trego, managing to hit his own car with one.

He was first to fifty off 42 balls before lofting a catch to mid-on off Craig Overton. Carberry reached his half-century off 40 deliveries, with seven fours, and the result was never in doubt.

James Vince cracked an effortless 44 not out after Adams’ dismissal and Carberry won the game with the straight six that took him to his century.

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