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Thatscricket - News - Goodwin slams third England county century

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London: Sussex's former Zimbabwe batsman Murray Goodwin hit his third century of the season as the visitors piled up 315 for six against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Wednesday in its second division Championship match.The opening batsman received good support from Dutchman Bas Zuiderent (73).Goodwin, who quit Zimbabwe on its tour to England last season in order to pursue more lucrative opportunities here and in Australia, reached his hundred from 200 balls in four-and-a quarter hours.In all he hit 16 fours, before being caught at backward point off Gareth Clough.In the First Division, Daniel Marsh, son of former Australia wicket-keeper Rodney, made a quick-fire 72 off 84 balls as his side made 296 for four against Kent at Canterbury.But the batting honours belonged to Ben Smith who made 110 for his first championship century of the campaign.New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming top scored for Middlesex with 67 as his side made 273 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in its second division fixture. Pace bowler Tim Bloomfield then reduced Warwickshire to 33 for three by taking three for 22.At Old Trafford, Lancashire's former England skipper Michael Atherton took his overnight 125 to 160 as he continued his preparation for England's first Test against Australia at Edgbaston on July 5.Atherton's exploits were matched by wicket-keeper Warren Hegg, who made 133 as Lancashire piled up an imposing 431 in their first division encounter against Essex.Sri Lanka off spinner Muthiah Muralitharan then proved too much for the Essex top order, taking two for 16 in 18 overs as the visitors were reduced to 101 for four, still 181 runs short of the follow-on target.

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