Carberry ton sees Hampshire home
Michael Carberry offered a reminder to the England selectors with a century to lift Hampshire past Gloucestershire in the County Championship.
The 33-year-old opener completed the eight-wicket win by lifting part-timer Chris Dent for back-to-back sixes and reach an even hundred from 131 balls.
Carberry is currently the man in possession of England's opening role alongside skipper Alastair Cook, although popular opinion suggests he will most likely make way for a younger option such as Middlesex's up-and-comer Sam Robson when the first Test begins at Lord's next month.
Robson stated his case this week with a 163 in Middlesex's Division One success over Nottinghamshire at HQ - where England will begin their new Test era against Sri Lanka on June 12.
After Carberry had managed just 33 runs in three bats to start the season, his match-winning hundred therefore came at just the right time as Hampshire chased down a victory target of 215 on the final day at Bristol.
The left-hander was England's second top scorer during the winter's Ashes whitewash - behind the already-deposed Kevin Pietersen - but the emergence of Robson, as well as Carberry's frank assessment of how he was treated by the England hierarchy Down Under in a pre-season interview, has apparently seen him slip down the pecking order.
That will, of course, be a decision for England's new coach to consult over after this week's interview process is completed.
Until then Carberry will have done his hopes no harm as he and James Vince (58 not out) completed the run chase in quick time.
Together they put on a 101-run stand in 10.2 overs after skipper Jimmy Adams (23) and Liam Dawson (25) were unable to push on after making starts.
Carberry's failure to build on a platform in Australia was regarded as one of his failings - he also made just one century in county ranks last term - but was able to match that mark in his second game of the new campaign with the aid of 16 fours and three sixes.
Earlier, Hamish Marshall fell six runs short of a century as Gloucestershire were bowled out for 332.
Marshall and last man Matt Taylor added 24 runs to the overnight score before the veteran was bowled by South Africa seamer Kyle Abbott, who finished with seven wickets in the match.