Ramps makes Mark with ton
Mark Ramprakash finally made his 100th first-class century in Surrey's clash with Yorkshire.
Last Updated: 03/08/08 6:17pm
Mark Ramprakash finally ended his long wait to score his 100th first-class century in Surrey's LV County Championship clash with Yorkshire.
The former England batsman reached three figures from 196 balls in the final session on the fourth day of the Division One fixture.
He finished up unbeaten on 112, having hit 11 fours and a six, as the match between the two Division One strugglers finished in a draw.
Ramprakash becomes just the 25th player to achieve the feat and the first since Worcestershire's Graeme Hick back in 1998.
"Hundreds don't grow on trees and a number of things played a part in me getting there today," he said afterwards.
"Fortunately, I got a couple of shots away off Darren Gough early on and that helped my confidence but I have not spent much time at the crease in the last three or four games, so when I reached 25 or 30 I still had to concentrate really hard.
"It was a close call today because I know how easy it is to get out but knowing that I could occupy the crease all day in order to earn my side a draw helped me to concentrate very hard and this is something I have been able to do throughout my career."
The 38-year-old has been stuck on 99 hundreds since April 30 having scored two at the start of the domestic season against Sussex and Lancashire.
He revealed that he had broken the bat that he had used during his previous two run-laden seasons after making that ton at Hove.
"The first two games or so after my 99th at Hove I felt really edgy because everyone is talking about you and the pressure builds but after that it was business as usual," he admitted.
"After my century at Hove I broke the bat I had been using for two years and I have used five bats since - and have not played all that well until today.
"The Twenty20 Cup competition made it difficult to get into any sort of form but I was still excited to get to 99 centuries and it was certainly not a monkey on my back.
"Even if I had not managed my 100th century I would still have been able to retire a happy man."
Ramprakash started his career at Middlesex and ironically scored his maiden first-class hundred at Headingley back in 1989.
He left Lord's in 2001 to make the short move to Surrey, where he has gone from strength-to-strength, scoring over 2,000 runs in the past two seasons.
Of his 100 three-figure scores, Ramprakash managed two of them during his 52 Test appearances that spanned 11 years.