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Kumar Sangakkara misses out on joining exclusive club by 16 runs

• Batsman just failed to make centuries in six successive first-class innings
• The Sri Lankan would have joined CB Fry, Don Bradman and Mike Procter

Sixteen runs: that was the margin by which Kumar Sangakkara missed out on joining CB Fry, Don Bradman and Mike Procter in making centuries in six successive first-class innings. That is esteemed, exclusive and era-straddling company, in which Sangakkara would sit with comfort.

Now, instead, he will have to wait until Surrey face Essex again, at Guildford a week on Friday, for another shot at his 100th career century (he has 61 first-class and 38 List A hundreds). The way he is batting, do not bet against it. And the way he is batting, do not dare let him retire at the end of this summer without having seen him once more. That the 84 he made sits a cool 25.5 beneath his season’s average says plenty.

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