Hick surpasses legend Grace on century hit-list

Published: Friday, April 29, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Former England batsman Graeme Hick scored his 127th first-class hundred to move above WG Grace into 10th place on the all-time list of century makers.

The 38-year-old hit 176 off 231 balls as his Worcestershire side made 306 in the first innings of their county championship match against Lancashire at New Road.

But despite smashing eight sixes and 20 fours to register his 97th ton for Worcestershire, he insisted its value to the team was far more important to him than individual records.

"Records are not something I'm really concerned about," said Hick.

"All I'm concerned about is doing my job properly for Worcestershire. But scoring centuries still gives me great pleasure, maybe even more so at this stage of my career because I don't know how many more I've got in me."

Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan took 5-69 for Lancashire before his team closed on 47-1 at stumps on day two of the division two match.

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