In the sport of cricket, a batsman is said to have scored a century when they score 100 or more runs 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.
The first cricketer to achieve the feat was W. G. Grace, who completed his hundredth century in 1895. Grace remains the only batsman to have achieved the feat and finish with a batting average below 40.
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 runscoring. 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.
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.
- 100s denotes how many centuries the batsman scored in first-class cricket.
- Nation denotes the side for which the batsman played Test cricket; the number following indicates the number of centuries scored in Test cricket (in bold) plus the number of other first-class centuries scored for the national side.
- 100th denotes the season in which the batsman scored his one-hundredth century in first-class cricket.
- ItH denotes how many innings it took the batsman to reach his hundredth century in first-class cricket.
- Inns denotes how many innings the batsman played.
- Runs denotes the number of runs scored by the batsman in his first-class career.
- Ave denotes the batsman's career batting average.
- ♠ denotes the batsman scored their hundredth century in a Test match.
|Rank||100s||Player||Nation (100s)||England Wales County (100s)||100th||ItH||Career||Inns||Runs||Ave|
|1||199||Jack Hobbs||England (15)||Surrey (144)||1923||821||1905–1934||1,315||61,237||50.65|
|2||170||Patsy Hendren||England (7+1)||Middlesex (119)||1928–29||740||1907–1938||1,300||57,611||50.80|
|3||167||Wally Hammond||England (22+4)||Gloucestershire (113)||1935||680||1923–1950||1,005||50,551||56.10|
|4||153||Phil Mead||England (4)||Hampshire (138)||1927||892||1905–1936||1,340||55,061||47.67|
|5||151||Geoffrey Boycott ♠||England (22+3)||Yorkshire (103)||1977||645||1962–1986||1,014||48,426||56.83|
|6||149||Herbert Sutcliffe||England (16+2)||Yorkshire (112)||1932||700||1919–1945||1,088||50,138||51.95|
|7||145||Frank Woolley||England (5+3)||Kent (122)||1929||1,031||1906–1938||1,532||58,969||40.75|
|8||136||Graeme Hick||England (6)||Worcestershire (106)||1998||574||1983–2008||871||41,112||52.23|
|9||129||Len Hutton||England (19+1)||Yorkshire (85)||1951||619||1934–1960||814||40,140||55.51|
|10||128||Graham Gooch||England (20)||Essex (94)||1992–93||820||1973–2000||990||44,846||49.01|
|11||126||W. G. Grace||England (2+2)||Gloucestershire (49)||1895||1,113||1865–1908||1,493||54,896||39.55|
|12||123||Denis Compton||England (17)||Middlesex (67)||1952||552||1936–1964||839||38,942||51.85|
|13||122||Tom Graveney||England (11)||Worcestershire (27)||1964||940||1948–1972||1,223||47,793||44.91|
|14||117||Donald Bradman||Australia (29+36)||—||1947–48||295||1927–1949||338||28,067||95.14|
|15||114||Viv Richards||West Indies (24+23)|| Somerset (47)|
|16||114||Mark Ramprakash||England (2+3)|| Middlesex (46)|
|17||108||Zaheer Abbas ♠||Pakistan (12+17)||Gloucestershire (49)||1982–83||658||1965–1987||768||34,843||51.54|
|18=||107||Andy Sandham||England (2)||Surrey (83)||1935||871||1911–1938||1,000||41,284||44.82|
|18=||107||Colin Cowdrey||England (22+1)||Kent (58)||1973||1,035||1950–1976||1,130||42,719||42.89|
|20||104||Tom Hayward||England (3)||Surrey (88)||1913||1,076||1893–1914||1,138||43,551||41.79|
|21=||103||Glenn Turner||New Zealand (7+9)||Worcestershire (72)||1982||779||1964–1983||792||34,346||49.70|
|21=||103||John Edrich||England (12)||Surrey (81)||1977||945||1956–1978||979||39,790||45.47|
|23=||102||Les Ames||England (8+4)||Kent (78)||1950||916||1926–1951||951||37,248||43.51|
|23=||102||Ernest Tyldesley||England (3+1)||Lancashire (90)||1934||919||1909–1936||961||38,874||45.46|
|23=||102||Dennis Amiss||England (11+1)||Warwickshire (78)||1986||1,081||1960–1987||1,139||43,423||42.86|
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