Carberry hits ton on return after cancer treatment


Carberry hits ton on return after cancer treatment

Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Sun, 02 Apr, 2017, 10:23 PM

Michael Carberry received a standing ovation from the Ageas Bowl crowd © Getty

Hampshire opener Michael Carberry marked his return to cricket with a century against Cardiff MCCU at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday (April 2). The left-handed batsman, who has played six Tests for England, was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour last July and missed the second half of last season.

Carberry, who returned to cricket after a successful treatment, was given a standing ovation by the crowd after he was dismissed by David O’Sullivan, but not before scoring a 121-ball 100. His innings helped Hampshire post 289 in the first innings, before reducing the opposition to 21 for 2 at Stumps on the opening day.

In an official statement last week, the left-hander had said, “I would like to thank my family, the club, the supporters and my team-mates worldwide for all the kind messages of support and love through another very tough time in my career and life.

“There is still a long way to go to being ‘recovered’ fully, but the outpouring of support from the cricket family has helped massively in getting me back playing and I’m looking forward to another great summer with Hampshire.

“In regards to the media, I would like to thank them for respecting my privacy in dealing with my illness and I would like to ask for this to continue on my return.”

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VIDEOS: Dharamsala Test: India Beat Australia By 8 Wickets, Reclaim Border Gavaskar Trophy

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India needed only 18 overs on day four to complete a eight-wicket win over Australia in the fourth and final Test of the series, which also helped India win the series 2-1 on Tuesday. Chasing a target of 106 runs, India reached there inside the first session on day four and with eight wickets in hand to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. KL Rahul was the backbone of the Indian innings as he steered his team to win with an unbeaten half-century, his sixth of the series. In his unbeaten innings of 52, Rahul hit nine boundaries and with Ajinkya Rahane, he ended all hopes for Australia.


India thrash Australia in Dharamsala Test cricket match to win Border-Gavaskar Trophy

The Indians owed their win to all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja who starred with both bat and ball, top-scoring with 63 runs in the first innings before taking three wickets with his left-arm spin during Australia’s short-lived second knock. (Photo: AP)

Dharamsala: India underlined their status as the world’s number one side as they demolished Australia by eight wickets to clinch a bitterly fought series 2-1 on day four of the fourth Test Tuesday.

Chasing 106, opener Lokesh Rahul (51 not out) hit the winning runs in Dharamsala to take back the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from Australia, who had triumphed at home in 2014-15.

India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane (38 not out), who replaced injured Virat Kohli to lead the Indian team in Dharamsala, hit two sixes in a row off Pat Cummins on the way to the comprehensive victory, as the home crowd waved giant India flags and danced in the stands.

The hosts scored 332 in their first innings in reply to Australia’s 300 before the tourists collapsed for just 137 on the third day.

India lost Murali Vijay to fast bowler Cummins and Cheteshwar Pujara to a run out, but they were the only hiccups the home side faced in the morning session.

The Indians owed their win to all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja who starred with both bat and ball, top-scoring with 63 runs in the first innings before taking three wickets with his left-arm spin during Australia’s short-lived second knock.

Indian pace bowlers Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also contributed to give their side early breakthroughs.

Australia had themselves to blame for capitulating during their second innings after giving India a close fight throughout the series, marked by several flare-ups between the players.

The victory was India’s 10th out of 13 Tests in a marathon home season that saw them get the better of New Zealand, England and Bangladesh. The series win was India’s seventh Test series win in a row – continuing the dominance that started in 2015 with Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh being annihilated.


Kane Williamson, bowlers put New Zealand on top against South Africa

Kane Williamson scored a magnificent 176 for New Zealand. (Source: AP) Kane Williamson scored a magnificent 176 for New Zealand. (Source: AP)

Kane Williamson’s superb 176 almost exactly measured New Zealand’s first-innings advantage over South Africa in the third cricket Test Tuesday before a top order collapse left the Proteas’ second innings in disarray at stumps on day four.

Under Williamson’s guidance New Zealand achieved a 175-run first-innings lead, reaching 489 in reply to South Africa’s 314. At stumps the tourists were 80-5 after a sometimes chaotic start to their second innings, still 95 behind.

The Proteas stumbled to 59-5, losing Dean Elgar (5), Theunis de Bruyn (12), Hashim Amla (19), J.P. Duminy (13) and Temba Bavuma (1), before captain Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock, both 15 not out, steered them to stumps.

South Africa came into the Test at Seddon Park with a 1-0 lead in the three Test series, which seemed formidable at a ground where defending a series lead was likely to be easier than overturning it.

The Proteas’ 314 from almost 90 overs in a match which suffered rain delays on the first three days seemed a further bulwark against any New Zealand effort to retrieve the series. But the Black Caps were able to fashion a significant first- innings lead then push to salvage a drawn series with a superb bowling and fielding effort in Tuesday’s final session.

They will enter the last day in a position to claim a win but the threat of rain still hovers over the match and it may be weather that has the final say.

The self-inflicted damage that overtook South Africa’s second innings was unexpected. The Proteas seemed to have all the batting resources they needed to negotiate the final session with little loss and to turn pressure back onto New Zealand on the final day.

But opener Elgar was out in the sixth over, caught by wicketkeeper B.J. Watling from the bowling of makeshift new ball bowler Colin de Grandhomme and that precipitated a cascade of wickets.

De Grandhomme had a major influence on the day, scoring his maiden Test half-century at No. 8 to inflate New Zealand’s total after Williamson’s dismissal. He then claimed a catch to dismiss Elgar and added the wicket of Amla.

Chaos entered the South African innings in the manner of de Bruyn’s dismissal in his maiden Test. After being out for a duck in the first innings, he had batted 46 minutes for 12 when run out in a slapstick mix-up with Amla.

Amla drove the ball down the on-side of the pitch; de Bruyn turned to watch the ball go past him without realizing Amla was bearing down on him at great speed. When he finally set off for the run, their collision was inevitable and both were left sprawling on the pitch.

After Amla was caught by de Grandhomme off Jeetan Patel, Duminy showed his weakness against off spin and was bowled by Patel, leaving a ball which came on with the arm. Patel had 2-22 at stumps.

The 30-run partnership between du Plessis and de Kock had lasted 46 minutes by stumps and was South Africa’s best hope, other than the weather, of saving the match.

“I think all-round it was a pretty good day,” said New Zealand allrounder Mitchell Santner, who made his own contribution with 41 in a 88-run partnership with Williamson which took New Zealand past South Africa’s total.

“We managed to eke out a bit of a lead with some good batting, especially by Kane and Colin. I think the seamers came out and put the ball in good areas and I think that’s what we did well. We put them under pressure and managed to get five wickets.”

In taking his overnight score from 148 to 176, Williamson posted the highest score by a New Zealand batsman in a home Test against South Africa. He previously surpassed 5,000 Test runs and matched Martin Crowe’s record of 17 Test centuries for New Zealand.

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