On this day in Yorkshire 11th August 1977- Boycott hits 100th hundred at Headingley

Yorkshire’s prodigal son, Geoffrey Boycott had not always seen eye to eye with England’s cricketing establishment. However, even his fiercest critics could not begrudge him his moment in the sun at a packed Headingley on August 11th 1977, when he completed his 100th first class hundred against Australia.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Boycott grafted away all day and had reached 36 at lunch and 79 by tea. The big moment came at 6pm when he on-drove, bowler Greg Chappell for four runs to send the packed crowd at Headingley into raptures. Boycott became the 18th player to achieve this feat and the first to do it during a test match. He has since gone on to describe it as one of the best moments of his life.

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