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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 April, 2005, 17:58 GMT 18:58 UK
Brilliant Hick moves past Grace
County Championship D2, Worcester, day two (stumps): Lancashire 196 & 47-1; Worcestershire 306

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Hick sweeps during his century as Warren Hegg watches

Graeme Hick moved above WG Grace into 10th place in the all time list of first-class century-makers with his 127th, against Lancashire at New Road.

Hick hit 176 in a stunning 231-ball effort as Worcestershire totalled 306 for a 110-run first innings lead.

The innings came after he had been dropped on Wednesday night on 15.

Muttiah Muralitharan took 5-69 for Lancashire before his team closed on 47-1 at stumps on day two of this Division Two contest at Worcester.

MOST FIRST-CLASS CENTURIES
Jack Hobbs 197
Patsy Hendren 170
Walter Hammond 167
Phil Mead 153
Geoff Boycott 151
Herbert Sutcliffe 149
Frank Wooley 145
Len Hutton 129
Graham Gooch 128
Graeme Hick 127
WG Grace 126

But the 38-year-old said: "Records are not something I'm really concerned about.

"All I'm concerned about is doing my job properly for Worcestershire and that usually means scoring runs when the team needs them.

"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.

"If I finish this season the way I felt at the end of the last then I will continue playing.

"So long as I'm playing well enough to contribute and my experience can help the younger lads then I will play on."


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