Thomas hefts ton for CCC
HEAVY-SET Jamaican opener Shacaya Thomas smashed a belligerent century to lead a strong reply by the Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) against Guyana at tea on the second day of their fourth round day/night match in the WICB Regional First-Class Championship at the 3Ws Oval last night.
At the interval, CCC were 154 for two, replying to Guyana’s first innings total of 265, with Thomas on 115 not out and Raymon Reifer on three.
Thomas, a 25-year-old right-hander struck 11 fours and two sixes in motoring to a maiden first-class century off 143 balls in 141 minutes.
He was particularly severe on rookie fast bowler Raun Johnson in his opening spell as he dominated an 86-run opening stand with left-hander Anthony Alleyne.
Alleyne batted patiently for 12 off 72 balls in 89 minutes before he snicked a catch to Guyana’s captain Leon Johnson at first slip off off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine.
Thomas and Kyle Corbin then added a further 64 in 77 minutes for the second wicket before the latter was adjudged leg before wicket to leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo for 20 off 62 balls just before tea.
Johnson was unlucky not to take the wicket of Thomas just after passing his century when the batsman skied a hook shot but Tagenarine Chanderpaul spilled the opportunity inside the boundary at forward square leg.
Earlier, Guyana, resuming from 209 for six overnight, lost their last four wickets for an additional 56 runs. Wicket-keeper Anthony Bramble was left unbeaten on 64 off 68 balls after he hit nine fours and a six.
Experienced off-spinner Ryan Austin took the last four wickets to end with five for 73 off 29 over.