Michael Carberry hits ton as Hampshire and Lancashire draw

Hampshire 337 and 229-3 Lancashire 568-5 dec
Match drawn

The unpredictable nature of the Rose Bowl wicket in its youth appears to be giving way to a comfortable middle age. A total of 1,134 runs were scored on it, for the loss of only 18 wickets, in the four days of this match.

When the captains shook hands, with 10 overs to go, both sides would have been disappointed – Lancashire because the draw left them 37 points short of the leaders, Durham, whom they meet at Old Trafford tomorrow, and Hampshire because they would have wanted more of a margin of safety before their relegation dogfight with Yorkshire at Basingstoke.

A year ago, when Giles White took over at the Rose Bowl, Hampshire were similarly placed in the table. But Imran Tahir and James Tomlinson took the wickets which had them scurrying up the table. This time around Hampshire have the Friends Provident Trophy in their cabinet, but with no sign of the same edge being offered by the wrist spinner or the medium pacer, and without the pace of Chris Tremlett, who has neck problems, they never looked like knocking over Lancashire.

However, without Glen Chapple and Sajid Mahmood the Lancashire attack also looked dull and Michael Carberry made the most of the last day, racking up his fourth century in five innings.

John Crawley was less lucky, making 12 in one of his final championship innings after announcing the end of a county and Test career which has spanned two decades – first with more than 10,000 runs at Lancashire, and then at Hampshire, coping those early Rose Bowl pitches.

The 37-year-old, who averages more than 46, follows two other former England players, Mark Butcher and Andy Caddick, into retirement.

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