County news May 27, 2004

Adams completes his set of centuries

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Chris Adams: a full set of centuries © Getty Images

Chris Adams, the Sussex captain, joined an exclusive club today by scoring centuries against all 18 first-class counties.

Northamptonshire was the last side on his list, and he ticked them off with his 40th first-class hundred at Hove, as Sussex built a large total in reply to Northants in their Division One match.

Adams, 34, began his career with Derbyshire in 1988 and moved to Sussex ten years later. Taking over the captaincy, his ultimate achievement was leading Sussex to their first Championship title last season. Adams joined Mark Ramprakash and Carl Hooper, who both completed their full sets of county centuries last season. Among current players Stuart Law and Graeme Hick have both made centuries against 17 different counties: Hick has never made one against Worcestershire, while Law needs one against his old county Essex, who are not in the same division as his current team, Lancashire.

Adams played five Tests and five one-dayers for England between 1998 and 2000, and averages just under 40 in first-class cricket.