Having been diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in July last year, Hampshire’s Michael Carberry made his comeback to first-class cricket in style after scoring a century in his team’s friendly against Cardiff MCCU.
The 35-year-old left-hander opened the batting to make 100 runs off 121 balls before falling to David O’Sullivan and was given a standing ovation on the first day of the match as he walked off at the Ageas Bowl.
— Hampshire Cricket (@hantscricket) April 2, 2017
His knock helped Hampshire score 289 on day one of the three-day match, according to a report on www.ageasbowl.com. Some great bowling from Fidel Edwards, who claimed two wickets for 10 runs, and debutant Asher Hart, (2-13) then reduced the visitors to 59-6 at the end of day’s play.
At the end of the third day's play, Hampshire lead Cardiff MCCU by 462 runs with four wickets remaining. Just last week, Carberry had issued a touching statement thanking people for their support. "I would like to thank my family, the club, the supporters and my teammates worldwide for all the kind messages of support and love through another very tough time in my career and life," he said. "There is still a long way to go to being 'recovered' fully, but the outpour 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." Carberry has previously suffered from blood clots on the lung, which made him miss the start of the 2011 season. Hampshire are to start their County Championship Division One season against Yorkshire at Headingley on Friday.
After the innings, many cricketers took to Twitter to praise Carberry's fortitude. Here are some of the best tweets:
— Jason Gillespie (@dizzy259) March 29, 2017
Updated Date: Apr 04, 2017 11:27 AM