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LV= County Championship: Michael Carberry puts Hampshire on top against Kent

Michael Carberry: Hit his first hundred of the LV= County Championship season at Canterbury

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Hampshire's Michael Carberry hit an unbeaten century against his old employers to help the visitors end day one against Kent at Canterbury on 263-3.

The left-handed opener reached stumps on 137 not out - his first century of the season in the LV= County Championship - against the county where he spent three seasons before departing in 2005.

Having won the toss and opted to bat first, Hampshire suffered an early blow when skipper Jimmy Adams was caught by Daniel Bell-Drummond off the bowling of Charlie Shreck for just eight.

However Carberry and Liam Dawson then combined in a second-wicket stand of 146 in 53.3 overs that stemmed beyond the tea break.

Toiled away

Kent - without the services of seam trio Mitchell Claydon, Mark Davies and Matt Coles - toiled away manfully, including sending down 17 maidens in the first two sessions, before finally making a breakthrough.

Darren Stevens saw off Dawson for 75 not long after the final interval, the well-set batsman paying the price for attempting to work a near yorker length ball across to the leg side to be trapped leg before.

James Vince also went lbw to Calum Haggett wehn he had just eight to his name, leaving Hampshire on 192-3.

That, though, was to prove Kent's final success of the day. Sean Ervine (24 not out) helped add 71 in an unbroken partnership for the fourth wicket that included facing six overs against the second new ball.

Carberry posted his 28th first-class ton after over five hours at the crease and by the close had struck 13 fours and three sixes in his 277-ball knock.