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Wheater stars against his former county
Michael Carberry celebrated his Ashes call-up by laying the foundations for a rare haul of maximum batting points.
Hampshire closed the first day of their final LV County Championship match of the season, against Essex, on 398-8, needing only another two runs to claim all five batting points at The Ageas Bowl for the first time since April.
A patient 85 from Carberry, who hit 13 fours and a six before he was brilliantly caught by a diving Tymal Mills at mid-wicket, ensured a solid start after Hampshire were surprisingly asked to bat.
Carberry has now scored 461 runs in his last five Championship innings after a below-par start to the season, form he will be determined to continue when England play their three Ashes warm-up games in little more than a month’s time.
But he was not as fluent as James Vince and Adam Wheater, who will be determined to finish his first Hampshire season with a hundred against his home county.
Both made 82, Vince from 101 balls and Wheater from only 97. He will hope to reach his second hundred of the season tomorrow morning. “It was probably the innings of the day in the circumstances, we had a wobble after tea and he counter-attacked, showing the quality he’s got,” said manager Giles White.
Wheater’s nine fours included two in succession against Monty Panesar, who was outbowled by Greg Smith’s off-spin (4-47) the day after his Ashes recall.
Dawson will have been encouraged by a wicket that is already taking spin (Panesar came on as early as the 11th over) and also impressed with the bat.
He reached the 1,000-run milestone for the first time in his career, making 40 from 79 balls before chipping to mid-on, where former England wicketkeeper James Foster was fielding during a rare match without the gloves on.
Meanwhile, Hampshire manager Giles White has laughed off rumours that he is interested in signing Ravi Bopara, who was left out of this match, which Essex began with a mathematical, albeit very unlikely, chance of promotion (Northants will be in division one if they reach 250 at Worcester tomorrow).
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