100 first-class centuries

Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe walk out to the middle at the Sydney Cricket Ground in a Test match. Both Hobbs and Sutcliffe scored over 100 first-class centuries; with Hobbs holding the record for most centuries in a first-class career.

In the sport of cricket, a batsman is said to have scored a century when they reach a score of 100 or more runs in an innings without being dismissed. In first-class cricket, the highest form of the game below international level, a total of 25 players have achieved the feat on a hundred or more occasions.[1][2] For statistical purposes, any centuries scored in a Test match are included as first-class centuries (as shown in the Table below).

The first cricketer to achieve the feat was W. G. Grace, who completed his hundredth century in May 1895.[3] Grace remains the only batsman to have achieved the feat and finish with a batting average below 40.[4]

The English County Championship has historically always been the first-class competition in which the most matches are played per season, hence the most conducive competition to prolific run-scoring. Of the 25 men to have scored 100 first-class centuries, all have been either natively English or English-qualified except Donald Bradman of Australia, Zaheer Abbas of Pakistan, Glenn Turner of New Zealand and West Indian Viv Richards. Zaheer Abbas (Gloucestershire), Turner (Worcestershire) and Richards (Somerset) all had substantial county careers as overseas players; Bradman, the first non-English batsman to achieve the feat, therefore remains the only batsman to have done so despite never having played for an English county side.[5]

Batsmen with a century of centuries[]

Note: this list uses the figures accepted by the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. For details on the difference between these figures and those used by other sources, see Variations in first-class cricket statistics.
Key
Rank 100s Player Nation (100s) England Wales County (100s) 100th ItH Career Inns Runs Ave Notes
1 197 Jack Hobbs  England (15) Surrey (144) 1923 821 1905–1934 1,315 61,237 50.65 [6]
2 170 Patsy Hendren  England (7+1) Middlesex (119) 1928–29 740 1907–1938 1,300 57,611 50.80 [7]
3 167 Wally Hammond  England (22+4) Gloucestershire (113) 1935 680 1923–1950 1,005 50,551 56.10 [8]
4 153 Phil Mead  England (4) Hampshire (138) 1927 892 1905–1936 1,340 55,061 47.67 [9]
5 151 Geoffrey Boycott  England (22+3) Yorkshire (103) 1977 645 1962–1986 1,014 48,426 56.83 [10]
6 149 Herbert Sutcliffe  England (16+2) Yorkshire (112) 1932 700 1919–1945 1,088 50,138 51.95 [6]
7 145 Frank Woolley  England (5+3) Kent (122) 1929 1,031 1906–1938 1,532 58,969 40.75 [6]
8 136 Graeme Hick  England (6) Worcestershire (106) 1998 574 1983–2008 871 41,112 52.23 [11]
9 129 Len Hutton  England (19+1) Yorkshire (85) 1951 619 1934–1960 814 40,140 55.51 [12]
10 128 Graham Gooch  England (20) Essex (94) 1992–93 820 1973–2000 990 44,846 49.01 [13]
11 126 W. G. Grace  England (2+2) Gloucestershire (49) 1895 1,113 1865–1908 1,493 54,896 39.55 [6]
12 123 Denis Compton  England (17) Middlesex (67) 1952 552 1936–1964 839 38,942 51.85 [14]
13 122 Tom Graveney  England (11) Gloucestershire (50)
Worcestershire (27)
1964 940 1948–1972 1,223 47,793 44.91 [15]
14 117 Donald Bradman  Australia (29+36) 1947–48 295 1927–1949 338 28,067 95.14 [16][17]
15 114 Viv Richards  West Indies (24+23) Somerset (47)
Glamorgan (10)
1988–89 658 1971–1993 796 36,212 49.40 [18][19]
16 114 Mark Ramprakash  England (2+3) Middlesex (46)
Surrey (60)
2008 676 1987–2012 764 35,659 53.14 [20][21]
17 108 Zaheer Abbas  Pakistan (12+17) Gloucestershire (49) 1982–83 658 1965–1987 768 34,843 51.54 [22][23]
18= 107 Andy Sandham  England (2) Surrey (83) 1935 871 1911–1938 1,000 41,284 44.82 [24]
18= 107 Colin Cowdrey  England (22+1) Kent (58) 1973 1,035 1950–1976 1,130 42,719 42.89 [25]
20 104 Tom Hayward  England (3) Surrey (88) 1913 1,076 1893–1914 1,138 43,551 41.79 [26]
21= 103 Glenn Turner  New Zealand (7+9) Worcestershire (72) 1982 779 1964–1983 792 34,346 49.70 [27][28]
21= 103 John Edrich  England (12) Surrey (81) 1977 945 1956–1978 979 39,790 45.47 [29]
23= 102 Les Ames  England (8+4) Kent (78) 1950 916 1926–1951 951 37,248 43.51 [30]
23= 102 Ernest Tyldesley  England (3+1) Lancashire (90) 1934 919 1909–1936 961 38,874 45.46 [31]
23= 102 Dennis Amiss  England (11+1) Warwickshire (78) 1986 1,081 1960–1987 1,139 43,423 42.86 [32]

References[]

General
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Specific
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