Mark Ramprakash remained stuck on 99 first-class hundreds as his first bid to join the select band of batsmen who have a century of centuries ended with him being dismissed for 17 on Wednesday.
Playing for Surrey against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl, the former England batsman was caught behind off Hampshire left-arm quick James Tomlinson after the ball took the outside edge of a forward push.
Only 24 batsmen cricket history have scored 100 first-class hundreds and, with the decline in the number of first-class fixtures during the last two decades, not many more are likely to have a chance of reaching the coveted landmark.
Ramprakash, 39, who has already scored two hundreds this term, has scored more than 2,000 runs in each of the past two English seasons, making him the dominant batsman in county cricket.
Yet although last year saw him become the first batsman to average more than 100 in successive English seasons, there was no recall to the Test side.
Regarded as unfulfilled talent at the highest level, Ramprakash played 52 Tests for England between 1991 and 2002, scoring just two hundreds at a modest average of 27.32.
Many observers regard him as a better player now than he was six years ago. Nevertheless, there was no place for former Middlesex batsman Ramprakash when the England selectors announced their squad last week for the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's, which starts on Thursday.