Michael Carberry relieved after Hampshire century

Michael Carberry

Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry admitted to feeling relieved after scoring his first County Championship century since September 2011.

Carberry, 32, ended the opening day on 137 not out as the visitors reached 263-3 on day one against Kent.

"It's not been a great season for me in the four-day game so it's nice to get in and convert one into a big score," Carberry told BBC Radio Solent.

"Kent bowl well so I had to be patient. The wicket is quite slow also."

More than half Hampshire's total came from a third-wicket stand of 146 between the opener and Liam Dawson,

Carberry also took advantage of two expensive overs from Brendan Nash, who leaked 23 runs in the two overs he bowled.

"There are times to sit in and there are times to cash in and when part-timers come on you've got to try and put them under pressure," said Carberry.

"It's been a barren two years," he added.

"The last year was injury-plagued and we had some tough decks to bat on and this year I haven't really got going.

"But I've been chipping away at it in the nets with the hope it will come good. I just tried to stay patient and keep the belief."