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Carberry leads the way for Hampshire against Somerset

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Taunton:
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Hampshire 217-5
Somerset 1pt, Hampshire 1pt
Match scorecard


Michael Carberry
Carberry has now scored 1,033 first-class runs this season

Michael Carberry passed 1,000 runs for the season as Hampshire took the edge over Somerset on day one at Taunton.

Hampshire, who were invited to bat by their title-chasing hosts, had the better start and Carberry's 71 helped them reach 130-1.

Left-arm spinner Murali Kartik (3-51) led a Hampshire fight back, getting rid of Carberry, Michael Lumb (42) and James Vince for just four.

Rain interrupted the final session, with Hampshire closing on 217-5.

A green-looking pitch was the incentive for Marcus Trescothick to ask Hampshire to bat, but he was let down by his fielders as two early chances went begging.

Jimmy Adams (34) was dropped in the slips by Peter Trego off the fourth ball of the game, and by Jos Buttler at square-leg in the third over, both off Charl Willoughby.

Trego made the breakthrough with the score on 62 as Craig Kieswetter, who had earlier been off the field briefly for treatment on a tight hamstring, took a low catch behind the stumps.

Lunch was taken ten minutes early due to a rain shower with Hampshire on 72-1 and Carberry unbeaten on 33.

After the interval the opener moved to his 50 in 91 balls, with seven fours and a top-edged six over fine-leg off Alfonso Thomas.

Carberry fell to Kartik, who had just switched to the Old Pavilion End, having him caught behind off an arm-ball.

Lumb and Neil McKenzie added 50 for the third wicket, before Lumb got a leading edge to Kartik trying to work him through the leg side and was caught and bowled.

Another short rain interruption followed but Kartik soon got rid of Vince playing no shot, to take his season's tally to 39 wickets in only his seventh appearance for Somerset, while McKenzie followed 17 balls later, leg before to Willoughby.

Sean Ervine (18 not out) and Dan Christian (11 not out) took Hampshire through to stumps.



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