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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.
Key
  • 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) Flag of England England Flag of Wales Wales County (100s) 100th ItH Career Inns Runs Ave
1 199 Hobbs, JackJack Hobbs Flag of England England (15) Surrey (144) 1923 821 1905–1934 1,315 61,237 50.65
2 170 Hendren, PatsyPatsy Hendren Flag of England England (7+1) Middlesex (119) 1928–29 740 1907–1938 1,300 57,611 50.80
3 167 Hammond, WallyWally Hammond Flag of England England (22+4) Gloucestershire (113) 1935 680 1923–1950 1,005 50,551 56.10
4 153 Mead, PhilPhil Mead Flag of England England (4) Hampshire (138) 1927 892 1905–1936 1,340 55,061 47.67
5 151 Boycott, GeoffreyGeoffrey Boycott Flag of England England (22+3) Yorkshire (103) 1977 645 1962–1986 1,014 48,426 56.83
6 149 Sutcliffe, HerbertHerbert Sutcliffe Flag of England England (16+2) Yorkshire (112) 1932 700 1919–1945 1,088 50,138 51.95
7 145 Woolley, FrankFrank Woolley Flag of England England (5+3) Kent (122) 1929 1,031 1906–1938 1,532 58,969 40.75
8 136 Hick, GraemeGraeme Hick Flag of England England (6) Worcestershire (106) 1998 574 1983–2008 871 41,112 52.23
9 129 Hutton, LenLen Hutton Flag of England England (19+1) Yorkshire (85) 1951 619 1934–1960 814 40,140 55.51
10 128 Gooch, GrahamGraham Gooch Flag of England England (20) Essex (94) 1992–93 820 1973–2000 990 44,846 49.01
11 126 Grace, W. G.W. G. Grace Flag of England England (2+2) Gloucestershire (49) 1895 1,113 1865–1908 1,493 54,896 39.55
12 123 Compton, DenisDenis Compton Flag of England England (17) Middlesex (67) 1952 552 1936–1964 839 38,942 51.85
13 122 Graveney, TomTom Graveney Flag of England England (11) Worcestershire (27) 1964 940 1948–1972 1,223 47,793 44.91
14 117 Bradman, DonaldDonald Bradman Flag of Australia Australia (29+36) 1947–48 295 1927–1949 338 28,067 95.14
15 114 Richards, VivViv Richards Flag of West Indies West Indies (24+23) Somerset (47)
Glamorgan (10)
1988–89 658 1971–1993 796 36,212 49.40
16 114 Ramprakash, MarkMark Ramprakash Flag of England England (2+3) Middlesex (46)
Surrey (60)
2008 676 1987–2012 764 35,659 53.14
17 108 Zaheer Abbas Flag of Pakistan Pakistan (12+17) Gloucestershire (49) 1982–83 658 1965–1987 768 34,843 51.54
18= 107 Sandham, AndyAndy Sandham Flag of England England (2) Surrey (83) 1935 871 1911–1938 1,000 41,284 44.82
18= 107 Cowdrey, ColinColin Cowdrey Flag of England England (22+1) Kent (58) 1973 1,035 1950–1976 1,130 42,719 42.89
20 104 Hayward, TomTom Hayward Flag of England England (3) Surrey (88) 1913 1,076 1893–1914 1,138 43,551 41.79
21= 103 Turner, GlennGlenn Turner Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand (7+9) Worcestershire (72) 1982 779 1964–1983 792 34,346 49.70
21= 103 Edrich, JohnJohn Edrich Flag of England England (12) Surrey (81) 1977 945 1956–1978 979 39,790 45.47
23= 102 Ames, LesLes Ames Flag of England England (8+4) Kent (78) 1950 916 1926–1951 951 37,248 43.51
23= 102 Tyldesley, ErnestErnest Tyldesley Flag of England England (3+1) Lancashire (90) 1934 919 1909–1936 961 38,874 45.46
23= 102 Amiss, DennisDennis Amiss Flag of England England (11+1) Warwickshire (78) 1986 1,081 1960–1987 1,139 43,423 42.86
Test records
Batting averagesTest hat-tricksTest triple centuries
ODI records
Batting averagesODI hat-tricks
World Cup recordsTwenty20 International records
Women's Test recordsWomen's One Day International records

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