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Credit goes to the Aces: Carberry

Hampshire opener talks about his team’s 8-wicket loss to Auckland

Hampshire lost their opening game of the CLT20 2012 qualifiers by eight wickets to Auckland Aces earlier today. Put in to bat, Michael Carberry played a valiant 65-run knock even as the rest of the batting line-up struggled to negotiate the Auckland Aces bowling attack. The opener hit eight boundaries and a six during his knock that helped his team reach 121.

Speaking to clt20.com, Carberry discussed the game and the way forward for the team.

Excerpts from his brief interview:

How did you pace yourself as wickets fell? Talk us through your innings.

It was a difficult wicket to bat on this afternoon. The ball was not really coming on to the bat. The players found it difficult to time the ball consistently. We really struggled to set a target.

Was there difficulty in negotiating spin?

I won’t really say the spinners, it was more the seamers up front. You got to learn from the experience. We probably didn’t do as well as would have liked.

How do you regroup for tomorrow’s game?

We have got a bit of experience and we know what to expect. Hopefully, we can put some of those wrongs right tomorrow.

What do you think would have been a good total to defend on this ground?

In Twenty20 cricket once you are chasing anything over seven runs per over it is always going to be a tough chase. On this wicket, with 121 runs on board, I think we had a fighting chance. All the credit goes to the Auckland boys. I think Martin Guptill and Lou Vincent played really well up front and made it difficult for our bowlers.

Do you think the team batting second has an edge in this format?

The wicket looks like it has eased a little bit. It got a bit easier for batting, making it easier for striking the ball. Just looking at the way they struck the ball, they didn’t really mistime the ball as much as us.

What are the areas that the batsmen would be working on next?

We play on a new ground tomorrow so we hope for the best. We have to keep backing our skills and hopefully we get the result that we want. 

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