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Carberry & Bopara knock on England door

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Michael Carberry batted throughout Hampshire's innings for a sparkling 148 not out as they moved to the summit of Group B in the Clydesdale Bank 40, beating Scotland by six wickets.

Danny Briggs took three for 35 as the Scots were restricted to 230 for nine despite an unbeaten 53 from Majid Haq and Preston Mommsen's 48.

Jimmy Adams and James Vince fell early in Hampshire's reply but Carberry put on 106 with Simon Katich (41) and dominated an unbroken stand of 103 with Liam Dawson (27no) as he hit 20 fours and three sixes in his 122-ball onslaught.

Ravi Bopara hit an unbeaten 120 as Essex cruised to victory against Gloucestershire, their first in this season's competition, in Group A. Kane Williamson (77) and Ian Cockbain (52 not out) led Gloucestershire to 224 for five, but despite Cockbain and Jack Taylor (22no) taking 42 from the last 3.4 overs, Essex made light work of the total.

Bopara lofted Ed Young out of the ground for his first six to reach a 45-ball half-century and he put on 185 with Tom Westley, who made 89. Bopara's hundred came up from 91 balls, with eight fours and two sixes, and he and Owais Shah (15no) wrapped up an eight-wicket win.

Australia-born opening batsman Michael Swart made a century and took three wickets as Holland continued their superb CB40 season with victory over Leicestershire. Swart (102) put on 152 with Tom Cooper (68) before Cameron Borgas smashed an unbeaten 61 from 33 balls to see the Dutch to an imposing 304 for three from their 40 overs.

Leicestershire put up a good fight as Ramnaresh Sarwan made 115 and received good support from Jacques du Toit (48) and Wayne White (32), but when the West Indian was run out by Cooper their challenge quickly fell away. Swart then dismissed White, Ned Eckersley and Claude Henderson to finish with three for 55 as the Foxes reached 261 for nine. It was Holland's fifth win in seven matches, leaving them six points clear in Group A.

Warwickshire moved top of Group C with their fourth win in five games, by 105 runs against Derbyshire. Former England wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose made 77 not out to lead the Bears to 242 for six in their 40 overs, Rikki Clarke adding 48 and Darren Maddy 40 as Mark Turner took three for 40.

Steffan Piolet (four for 31), Chris Woakes (three for 46) and Chris Wright, with two for 15 from 5.1 overs, then combined to bowl Derbyshire out for 137 with almost eight overs to spare, with Jon Clare's 57 the only resistance of note.

Somerset suffered a fourth defeat in as many games as they went down by five wickets to Nottinghamshire. Darren Pattinson and Jake Ball took three wickets apiece as Somerset were restricted to 205 for eight despite 47 from Peter Trego and 39 from Arul Suppiah. Michael Lumb (65) and Riki Wessels (55) set the platform for Notts and they cruised past their target with more than three overs in reserve.

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