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Thomas scores maiden ton but Harpy Eagles fight back

Published:Friday | May 27, 2022 | 1:33 AMLennox Aldred/Gleaner Writer
Jamaica Scorpions wicket-keeper batsman Aldane Thomas raises his bat and acknowledges the applause from teammates after scoring a century against the Guyana Harpy Eagles in the West Indies Championship cricket match at the Diego Martin Sports Complex in Tr
Jamaica Scorpions wicket-keeper batsman Aldane Thomas raises his bat and acknowledges the applause from teammates after scoring a century against the Guyana Harpy Eagles in the West Indies Championship cricket match at the Diego Martin Sports Complex in Trinidad and Tobago yesterday.

Wicket-keeper batsman Aldane Thomas joined Jermaine Blackwood to become the second centurion for the Jamaica Scorpions. However, Tagenarine Chanderpaul is also eyeing a hundred, as the Guyana Harpy Eagles closed Day Two of their West Indies Championship match at Diego Martin on 213 for one replying to the Scorpions 393 all out.

The pitch at the Diego Martin Sports Complex is living up to its billing as a batting-friendly surface, with the Scorpions getting close to 400 runs, thanks to Thomas’ maiden first-class century.

After resuming on 282 for six, the Scorpions looked to press on with their positive enterprising batting, despite the loss of overnight batsman Jermaine Blackwood for 114.

Thomas, who resumed on 35, would continue where he left off from Day One, and kept ticking the scoreboard over with a flurry of boundaries. After hitting eight fours in that 35, the right-hander would go on to get another eight fours, along with a pair of sixes to bring up his maiden ton off 101 deliveries.

The right-hander found a useful partner in Jamie Merchant, and the pair added 76 for the eighth wicket before Merchant was caught hooking down the leg side off Dimitri Cameron for 39.

Merchant had hit six fours and two sixes in his swift knock which came off 36 balls. The last wicket partnership of 23 between Thomas and Nicholson Gordon got the Scorpions within seven runs of the 400 mark, but Thomas was the last man out trying to force a shot and was stumped off Veerasammy Permaul for an even hundred.

Permaul would finish with three for 96, with Dimitri Cameron, Kevin Sinclair and Gudakesh Motie bagging two wickets each.

INEFFECTIVE SCORPIONS ATTACK

In their turn at the crease, the Harpy Eagles looked quite comfortable getting runs against the ineffective Scorpions attack.

The opening pair of Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Chanderpaul Hemraj chalked up a plethora of boundaries and put on 112 for the opening wicket. It took a loose shot outside the off stump from Hemraj off Nicholson Gordon to break the partnership. Aldane Thomas accepted the catch behind the stumps to send back the left-hander for 78, which included 15 fours and a six.

That wicket brought in Tevin Imlach, and he and Chanderpaul continued in the same positive vein, adding an unbroken 101 for the second wicket.

When stumps were drawn, Chanderpaul was left not out on 96 from 228 balls with 16 fours. Imlach will resume on 38 with four fours and a six, as the Harpy Eagles trail by 180 runs.

Over at the Queen’s Park Oval, the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, batting a second time, reached 64 for two at stumps, that is a lead of 224 after the Windward Islands Volcanoes were dismissed for 173 in their first innings.

Captain Rahkeem Cornwall did the brunt of the damage for the Hurricanes by bagging five for 61, while pacer Jeremiah Louis picked up three for 26. Keron Cottoy was the only Volcanoes batsman who showed any real resistance following his unbeaten 73.

Over at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad & Tobago Red Force were 51 for three in their second innings, still trailing the Barbados Pride by 110 runs.

The Pride were able to overhaul the Red Force first innings score of 133 and posted 294, with Raymon Reifer getting 79 and Justin Greaves getting an even 50. Terrance Hinds picked up five for 32.