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Published: Saturday, June 30, 2001, 22:18 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
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London: Queensland's Jimmy Maher made his highest County Championship score of 150 on Friday as Glamorgan finished the opening day of its First Division match against Northamptonshire in Cardiff on 370 for three.The 27-year-old opener's innings lasted 223 balls with 21 fours and a six before he departed from the first over after tea, mis-timing an off drive from Tony Penberthy and giving Alec Swann an comfortable catch at mid-off.Australian Maher became Glamorgan's overseas signing at short notice earlier this year after the return of South African Jacques Kallis fell through because of international commitments and has been in good form of late.Earlier this month he made his maiden Championship century against Kent.Sri Lanka off spinner Muthiah Muralitharan again played his part in boosting Lancashire's title challenge, taking five for 81 against champions Surrey at The Oval.Surrey's Mark Ramprakash made 59 and with team-mate Graham Thorpe (calf) and Yorkshire's Michael Vaughan (knee) both struggling with injuries the former Middlesex captain could find himself making yet another England comeback when the squad for Thursday's first Test against Australia at Edgbaston is announced on Saturday.Former Zimbabwe all-rounder Neil Johnson continued his consistent form with the bat, his fifth half century in six innings the cornerstone of Hampshire's 207 for seven against Derbyshire in its rain-affected Second Division match at West End, Southampton. Johnson's 59-featured 10 boundaries.Compatriot and fellow Test exile Murray Goodwin has been enjoying a run spree of late with Sussex and it continued at Lord's against Middlesex. The Second Division's leading run scorer made 69, although the home bowlers checked his progress, the Western Australia right-hander's fifty coming from an unusually sedate 149 balls.Meanwhile Zimbabwean turned England batsman Graeme Hick did what he does best - plundering a county attack. The Worcestershire captain made 123, the 114th first class century of his career equalling the tally of West Indies great Viv Richards, as his team made 248 against Nottinghamshire in its Second Division clash at New Road.Hick's runs came quickly, from 150 balls, including two sixes and 20 fours.Worcestershire Australia bowler Andrew Bichel gave a timely reminder of his credentials to his Ashes compatriots here, the medium-pacer taking five for 45 as Nottinghamshire was dismissed for 160.Had it not been for 21-year-old South African Kevin Pietersen's impressive 103 not out, 20 fours in his 92 ball innings, Nottinghamshire might well have had to follow on.