Hooper hits magnificent 201 off 193 balls
Guyana Chronicle
August 26, 2003

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MANCHESTER, England - Former West Indies captain Carl Hooper completed a fine game for Lancashire as they dominated a drawn English County Championship match against Middlesex on Sunday.

After stroking a superb double century that boosted Lancashire to a colossal 734 for five declared on Friday, Hooper captured four wickets on Sunday as his side threatened to snatch a remarkable win on the final day at Old Trafford.

Middlesex were asked to follow on after they had scored 544 all out, and held on to end at 237 for seven, losing their last four wickets for 80 runs.

Hooper captured four for 51 off 18 overs as Middlesex faltered to 198 for seven before Paul Weekes and Sven Koenig, batting at No. 9 due to an injury, batted out for the draw.

The 36-year-old Guyanese had registered tidy figures of one for 53 off 26 overs in the first innings.

On Friday, Hooper thumped a magnificent 201 off 193 balls, with 15 fours and 11 sixes, a record high first-class score at Old Trafford, to lead Lancashire's batting.

In another game, Leicestershire, with West Indies Test pacer Vasbert Drakes, also played to a high-scoring draw, when they faced Surrey at Grace Road.

Drakes, with three for 85 off 21.1 overs, led the Leicestershire bowling in Surrey's first innings total of 501 all out.