Hooper boosts Lancashire with century
Guyana Chronicle
April 18, 2004

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LONDON, England (CMC) - Former West Indies captain Carl Hooper completed a century to enhance Lancashire’s position in their Division 1 match of the English County Championship against Northamptonshire at the County Ground yesterday.

Fellow Guyanese Reon King and Durham looked in danger of crashing to defeat in their Division 2 match against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.

At Northampton, Hooper top-scored for Lancashire with 115 to show there was still life left in the old man yet.

Hooper struck 12 fours and two sixes from 174 balls in 4¼ hours and his dismissal prompted Lancs’ declaration on 504 for nine.

Northants started brightly to reach 142 for two when stumps were drawn on the second day with Hooper sending down six overs of off-spin for eight runs.

At Southampton, King copped a pair, for the second time in the match being dismissed by Australian spin bowling superstar Shane Warne, as Durham were dismissed for 201 in their second innings to set Hampshire 109 to win.

After Hampshire gained a 93-run first innings lead, Durham folded for 201 in their second innings with Warne taking five wickets for 68 runs from 29 overs.

King was not entrusted with the new ball, but Hants subsided to 13 for two at the close.