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Classy Carberry too much for Scots

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Michael Carberry blasted 148 not out as Hampshire eased past Scotland at the Ageas Bowl, winning by six wickets with almost four overs to spare to stay second in Clydesdale Bank 40 Group B.

Carberry shared in century stands with Simon Katich and Liam Dawson after Hampshire had slumped to 15 for two, needing 231 to complete a double over the Scots.

Scotland captain Gordon Drummond chose to bat, and they subsequently reached 230 for nine from 40 overs; the experienced Majid Haq top-scored with an unbeaten 53 at a run a ball.

Key to Scotland's steady total was a partnership of 80 between Haq and South African-born Preston Mommsen, which held up Hampshire after the first five wickets had fallen for 97 on a gentle batting surface.

Richie Berrington struck Dimitri Mascarenhas for six but was then caught behind in the same over and another South African, Jean Symes, went the same way in Sean Ervine's first set of six.

Michael Carberry & Craig Wallace

Michael Carberry latches on to loose bowling en route to 148 not out in Hampshire's six-wicket win over Scotland at the Ageas Bowl

Mommsen lifted Danny Briggs for six on his way to an aggressive 48 but the left-arm spinner stuck to his task and had the batsman caught at slip by Dawson just as Scotland looked to step up the pace.

Briggs finished with 3-35, later dismissing Craig Wallace and Moneeb Iqbal leg before with successive deliveries.

Hampshire soon discovered their task was not going to be easy when captain Jimmy Adams was out to the third ball of the innings, after which James Vince fell lbw to Drummond at the end of the third over.

At that point an upset was a distinct possibility but Carberry soon showed his class by leading a strong recovery.

Australian Katich made 41 before being caught behind by Wallace off Matt Parker.

Big-hitting Ervine followed with the total on 131, another victim for pace bowler Parker, leaving Hampshire requiring 100 to win in 17 overs.

It was then that Carberry took control with some extravagant boundaries as Hampshire made light of their target and exposed a lack of depth in the Scottish bowling attack.

The left-hander, who played for England Lions against West Indies last month, rose to the demands of the occasion by hitting 20 fours in addition to sixes off Josh Davey, Berrington and Haq to win the match at the start of the 37th over.

Dawson, a minor partner in the late carnage, finished 27 not out while there were two wickets each for Drummond and Parker.

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