List of batsmen who have scored 100 centuries in first-class cricket

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Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe walk out to the middle at the Sydney Cricket Ground in a Test match. Both Hobbs and Sutcliffe scored over 100 first-class centuries; with Hobbs holding the record for most centuries in a first-class career.

In the sport of cricket, a batsman is said to have scored a century when they score 100 or more runs without being dismissed. In first-class cricket, the highest form of the game below international level, a total of 25 players have achieved the feat on a hundred or more occasions.[1]

The first cricketer to achieve the feat was W. G. Grace, who completed his hundredth century in 1895. Grace remains the only batsman to have achieved the feat and finish with a batting average below 40.[2]

The English County Championship has historically always been the first-class competition in which the most matches are played per season, hence the most conducive competition to prolific runscoring. Of the 25 men to have scored 100 first-class centuries, all have been either natively English or English-qualified except Donald Bradman of Australia, Zaheer Abbas of Pakistan, Glenn Turner of New Zealand and West Indian Viv Richards. Zaheer Abbas (Gloucestershire), Turner (Worcestershire) and Richards (Somerset) all had substantial county careers as overseas players; Bradman, the first non-English batsman to achieve the feat, therefore remains the only batsman to have done so despite never having played for an English county side.

Batsmen with a century of centuries[edit]

Note: this list uses the figures accepted by the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. For details on the difference between these figures and those used by other sources, see Variations in first-class cricket statistics.
Key
  • 100's denotes how many centuries the batsman scored in first-class cricket.
  • Nation denotes the side for which the batsman played Test cricket; the number following indicates the number of centuries scored in Test cricket (in bold) plus the number of other first-class centuries scored for the national side.
  • 100th denotes the season in which the batsman scored his one-hundredth century in first-class cricket.
  • ItH denotes how many innings it took the batsman to reach his hundredth century in first-class cricket.
  • Inns denotes how many innings the batsman played.
  • Runs denotes the number of runs scored by the batsman in his first-class career.
  • Ave denotes the batsman's career batting average.
  • denotes the batsman scored their hundredth century in a Test match.
Rank 100s Player Nation (100s) England Wales County (100s) 100th ItH Career Inns Runs Ave Notes
1 199 Hobbs, JackJack Hobbs  England (15) Surrey (144) 1923 821 1905–1934 1,315 61,237 50.65 [3]
2 170 Hendren, PatsyPatsy Hendren  England (7+1) Middlesex (119) 1928–29 740 1907–1938 1,300 57,611 50.80 [4]
3 167 Hammond, WallyWally Hammond  England (22+4) Gloucestershire (113) 1935 680 1923–1950 1,005 50,551 56.10 [5]
4 153 Mead, PhilPhil Mead  England (4) Hampshire (138) 1927 892 1905–1936 1,340 55,061 47.67 [6]
5 151 Boycott, GeoffreyGeoffrey Boycott  England (22+3) Yorkshire (103) 1977 645 1962–1986 1,014 48,426 56.83 [7]
6 149 Sutcliffe, HerbertHerbert Sutcliffe  England (16+2) Yorkshire (112) 1932 700 1919–1945 1,088 50,138 51.95 [3]
7 145 Woolley, FrankFrank Woolley  England (5+3) Kent (122) 1929 1,031 1906–1938 1,532 58,969 40.75 [3]
8 136 Hick, GraemeGraeme Hick  England (6) Worcestershire (106) 1998 574 1983–2008 871 41,112 52.23 [8]
9 129 Hutton, LenLen Hutton  England (19+1) Yorkshire (85) 1951 619 1934–1960 814 40,140 55.51 [9]
10 128 Gooch, GrahamGraham Gooch  England (20) Essex (94) 1992–93 820 1973–2000 990 44,846 49.01 [10]
11 126 Grace, W. G.W. G. Grace  England (2+2) Gloucestershire (49) 1895 1,113 1865–1908 1,493 54,896 39.55 [3]
12 123 Compton, DenisDenis Compton  England (17) Middlesex (67) 1952 552 1936–1964 839 38,942 51.85 [11]
13 122 Graveney, TomTom Graveney  England (11) Gloucestershire (50)
Worcestershire (27)
1964 940 1948–1972 1,223 47,793 44.91 [12]
14 117 Bradman, DonaldDonald Bradman  Australia (29+36) 1947–48 295 1927–1949 338 28,067 95.14 [13][14]
15 114 Richards, VivViv Richards  West Indies (24+23) Somerset (47)
Glamorgan (10)
1988–89 658 1971–1993 796 36,212 49.40 [15][16]
16 114 Ramprakash, MarkMark Ramprakash  England (2+3) Middlesex (46)
Surrey (60)
2008 676 1987–2012 764 35,659 53.14 [17]

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17 108 Zaheer Abbas  Pakistan (12+17) Gloucestershire (49) 1982–83 658 1965–1987 768 34,843 51.54 [19][20]
18= 107 Sandham, AndyAndy Sandham  England (2) Surrey (83) 1935 871 1911–1938 1,000 41,284 44.82 [21]
18= 107 Cowdrey, ColinColin Cowdrey  England (22+1) Kent (58) 1973 1,035 1950–1976 1,130 42,719 42.89 [22]
20 104 Hayward, TomTom Hayward  England (3) Surrey (88) 1913 1,076 1893–1914 1,138 43,551 41.79 [23]
21= 103 Turner, GlennGlenn Turner  New Zealand (7+9) Worcestershire (72) 1982 779 1964–1983 792 34,346 49.70 [24][25]
21= 103 Edrich, JohnJohn Edrich  England (12) Surrey (81) 1977 945 1956–1978 979 39,790 45.47 [26]
23= 102 Ames, LesLes Ames  England (8+4) Kent (78) 1950 916 1926–1951 951 37,248 43.51 [27]
23= 102 Tyldesley, ErnestErnest Tyldesley  England (3+1) Lancashire (90) 1934 919 1909–1936 961 38,874 45.46 [28]
23= 102 Amiss, DennisDennis Amiss  England (11+1) Warwickshire (78) 1986 1,081 1960–1987 1,139 43,423 42.86 [29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  2. ^ "Most hundreds in a career". Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Berry, Scyld, ed. (2009). "First-Class Records – Batting – Most Runs". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (146th ed.). John Wisden & Co. p. 139. 
  4. ^ "Patsy Hendren player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Wally Hammond player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Phil Mead player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Geoffrey Boycott player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Graeme Hick player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Len Hutton player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Graham Gooch player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Denis Compton player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Tom Graveney player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "Donald Bradman player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Donald Bradman, Batting by team". CricketArchive. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  15. ^ "Viv Richards player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  16. ^ "Viv Richards, Batting by team". CricketArchive. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  17. ^ "Mark Ramprakash player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Surrey 217- 4...Wilson 27*..Ramprakash 115*...number 113 of Ramprakash's first class career...". Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  19. ^ "Zaheer Abbas player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  20. ^ "Zaheer Abbas, Batting by team". CricketArchive. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  21. ^ "Andy Sandham player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  22. ^ "Colin Cowdrey player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  23. ^ "Tom Hayward player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  24. ^ "Glenn Turner player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  25. ^ "Glenn Turner, Batting by team". CricketArchive. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  26. ^ "John Edrich player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  27. ^ "Les Ames player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  28. ^ "Ernest Tyldesley player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  29. ^ "Dennis Amiss player profile". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 

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