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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 June 2007, 15:12 GMT 16:12 UK
Hick reaches run-scoring landmark
County Championship D1, Edgbaston: Warwickshire 343 v Worcestershire 399 (day three, tea)

Graeme Hick in action for Worcestershire
Hick is just the 16th player to reach 40,000 first-class runs

Graeme Hick became only the 16th player to reach 40,000 first-class runs on the third day of Worcestershire's game against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

The 41-year-old former England batsman achieved the milestone by scoring 49 in Worcestershire's first innings in the Division One encounter.

He was out immediately afterwards, caught behind off Dale Steyn.

Stephen Moore, who was dropped three times, hit 112 to guide Worcestershire to 399 all out, a lead of 52 runs.

Useful contributions from wicketkeeper Steven Davies (26) and Gareth Batty (25) steered Worcestershire into the lead in increasingly murky light.

A rapid 39 from Kabir Ali took Worcestershire to within five runs of a fifth batting point before he became Steyn's third victim, and with only one required to reach 400, Doug Bollinger had his off stump knocked back by James Anyon.

I am not really that fussed about it

Veteran batsman Graeme Hick

South African paceman Steyn ended with 3-59 while Anyon claimed 3-79.

More than 100 overs have already been lost to bad weather and it is hard to see how title-chasing Warwickshire or bottom-placed Worcestershire will be able to manufacture a positive result on Monday.

Hick, who made 65 Test appearances, is the first player to make 40,000 runs since Graham Gooch did so 13 years ago.

The veteran right-hander, who received a standing ovation when he reached the mark, scored his runs in 841 innings at an average of 52.56.

Afterwards he played down the achievement and insisted helping Worcestershire get back to winnings ways was his main goal.

"You can look back at things like that and feel proud about realising the achievement - but it is not something you set out to do," he said.

"It is a good achievement but hopefully now I've passed it I can carry on.

606: DEBATE

"It is nice to reach it but there are other important things, us winning, us playing well, which are more important and mean more to me than just getting past a certain total of runs.

"I am not really that fussed about it. I know later on it will be nice to look back and see what you have done, I suppose."

Worcestershire skipper Vikram Solanki was quick to praise Hick's achievements.

"I can't speak highly enough of Graeme. To score 40,000 runs is difficult for me to comprehend," said Solanki.

"I remember coming into the dressing room as a young kid and being overawed by the fact Graeme Hick was in the dressing room.

"What he has achieved in the game, I couldn't possibly pay a fitting enough tribute to other than say 'look at his numbers'. They are as good as they can possibly get.

"As a player, he is the ultimate professional. He is still in fine shape. He has always looked after himself, he is still fit, still works hard, probably harder than anyone else now. He is an amazing guy."



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