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Published: Saturday, July 28, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London: Northamptonshire's Australian batsman Mike Hussey made a career best 200 not out on Friday on the opening day of the First Division county championship match against bottom of the table Essex at Northampton.[an error occurred while processing this directive]The innings also saw the 26-year-old Western Australian pass 1,000 runs in his debut county season. Hussey replaced compatriot and Australia opener Matthew Hayden, currently involved in the Ashes series here, as Northamptonshire's overseas player.Hussey's unbeaten double century came from 283 balls including one six and 34 fours as Northamptonshire rattled up 378 for three. He has now scored three centuries in Northamptonshire's last four Championship matches.Fellow Australian Jimmy Maher top scored with 62 as Glamorgan was bowled out for a lowly 169 against Somerset at Taunton. The Queenslander's 50 came from 56 balls before he became one of Andrew Caddick's five victims.The England fast bowler warmed up for Thursday's third Ashes Test at Trent Bridge with five for 84 and then saw his side pile up 246 for three by the close.New ball partner Darren Gough was also in the wickets for Yorkshire in their 'Roses' match against arch-rivals Lancashire at Headingley. However, Gough's four for 60 was not enough to prevent the visitors scoring 358 for nine, thanks to a quartet of half-centuries including 56 from Aussie-Italian Joe Scuderi.England discard Aftab Habib reminded the selectors he is still around with 153 for Leicestershire in its 378 for seven against Kent at Grace Road. Ben Smith made 111, supposedly an unlucky number for English batsmen, before he was out.In the Second Division former England batsman John Morris announced his retirement and then scored 170 for Nottinghamshire against former club Derbyshire at Derby.The 51st first class century of the 37-year-old Morris' career featured three sixes and 22 fours before he was run out by England all-rounder Dominic Cork. He was well supported by Usman Afzaal, who advanced his case for an England recall with his first century of the season (138) as Nottinghamshire reached 478 for six.Afzaal made his England debut in the first Test against Australia but missed the second Test defeat at Lord's.Supporters at the 'home of cricket' did have something to cheer about at last as Andrew Strauss made a career best 176 in Middlesex's 326 for seven against Durham. He was backed up by Ben Hutton, grandson of former England captain Leonard, who finished the day on 76 not out.Gloucestershire also made a sizeable score, 415 for five, thanks mainly to Chris Taylor (140) and Jeremy Snape (100 not out) against leaders Sussex at Cheltenham.Like England at Lord's, Sussex helped Gloucestershire on its way by dropping four catches.

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