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Thomas comes good for LIME

Elvis Howard

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RANDY THOMAS sustained his rich vein of form when he cracked his second century of the LIME Division 1 competition yesterday. The right-handed opener hit an attacking 104 as LIME amassed 284 for nine declared in reply to Inspire Sports Wanderers’ modest 143 in the drawn encounter. Despite chances at 21, 37, 76 and 91 on a sluggish pitch, his knock followed previous scores of 127 and 97 against Police and Banks respectively.Batting out of character, he reached the coveted landmark with his seventh six, which went over long-off from Damion Johnson-Husbands. It also contained six fours in 172 minutes from 141 deliveries. In Johnson-Husbands’ next over he was trapped lbw on the back foot.  Thomas and the veteran Brian Johnson, fresh from consecutive hundreds in the Intermediate competition, shared an exciting third-wicket partnership of 136. 
Johnson struck a measured 77, spiced with seven fours and two sixes off 131 balls in just under three hours before he was bowled by Chad Clarke-Reifer. The left-arm orthodox spinner claimed six for 74 from 25 overs.At tea it was 113 for two with Thomas on 70 and Johnson 22.   Thomas brought up his first 50 in 101 minutes from 75 balls with four fours and two sixes. Whenever the ball was short he pulled with disdain and when it was up he lofted some of the sixes down the ground with one landing on top of the pavilion.The pair joined forces when debutant Rory Weekes was caught off Clarke-Reifer for six.Kevon Beckles, a century-maker in the opening series, was caught at the wicket off Clarke-Reifer for five attempting to cut. Earlier, resuming from their overweek 141 for nine, Wanderers made two more runs and were all out for 143. Nicholas Charles, who sent down one over yesterday, finished with six for 41.