Shacaya Thomas rode his luck to lead Combined Campuses and Colleges’ (CCC) fightback on the third day of the Regional Four-Day Championship day/night game against Trinidad and Tobago at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain yesterday.
After two days of dominance over CCC, the hosts were put under some pressure by Thomas, who, after being dropped on zero by Ricky Jaipaul off Shannon Gabriel, went on to score his second century in as many matches.
He was unbeaten on 101 as he led CCC to 199 for three in their second innings at the tea interval yesterday.
Continuing from an overnight position of 142 for eight in their first innings, CCC were dismissed for 144 to give the home team a first innings lead of 307.
T&T made 451 for eight declared in their first innings.
The hosts wrapped up CCC’s first innings in just 11 balls yesterday with Amit Jaggernauth (two for 30) sending back Ryan Austin with the fifth ball of the day, caught by stand-in skipper Darren Bravo for five.
Jermaine Levy was then lbw to Imran Khan (four for 25) off the fifth ball of the next over, leaving overnight batsman Raymon Reifer not out on 51 which came off 145 balls and included six fours.
However, CCC showed a lot more fight with the bat when Trinidad and Tobago enforced the follow-on.
Just before tea, Thomas smashed Jaggernauth over wide long on for six to get to 99, before pushing the next ball into the off side for a quick single to reach triple figures off 148 balls.
He batted for more than three hours and hit ten fours and two sixes when he got to the milestone.
Thomas also shared a second-wicket partnership worth 120 with Kyle Corbin, who hit 65 off 120 balls with five fours and two sixes.
The partnership was eventually broken by Jason Mohammed (two for 17), who had Corbin caught by substitute fielder Marlon Richards on the boundary with the score on 181.
Mohammed also got the wicket of Reifer in the second innings, caught by Pollard for four, as CCC lost two quick wickets just before the break.
At tea they were still trailing T&T’s first innings score by 108 runs.
Summarised close of play scores on the third day of the fifth round of matches in the Regional Four-Day Championship yesterday:
At Sabina Park: Barbados lead by 381 runs
BARBADOS 423 (Kirk Edwards 105, Shane Dowrich 102, Jason Holder 46, Ashley Nurse 40, Carlos Brathwaite 34, Kraigg Brathwaite 29; Nikita Miller 4-95) and 162 for two (Kraigg Brathwaite 91, Omar Phillips 48, Kirk Edwards 21 not out)
JAMAICA 204 (Jermaine Blackwood 64, Nkrumah Bonner 50, Jon-Ross Campbell 31; Ashley Nurse 4-63, Jonathan Carter 2-15, Carlos Brathwaite 2-23)
At Queen’s Park Stadium: Windwards won by 197 runs
WINDWARD ISLANDS 292 (Romel Currency 76, Devon Smith 47, Sunil Ambris 53, Keddy Lesporis 30, Mervin Matthew 30, Tyrone Theophile 27; Kieran Powell 3-38, Gavin Tonge 2-46, Anthony Martin 2-62, Yannick Leonard 2-74) and 238 (Devon Smith 77, Keddy Lesporis 42, Tyrone Theophile 27; Anthony Martin 5-58, Gavin Tonge 3-55)
LEEWARD ISLANDS 171 for nine decl. (Devon Thomas 44, Orlando Peters 41, Tonito Willett 27, Kieran Powell 26; Shane Shillingford 5-60, Orlando Peters 2-19, Nelon Pascal 2-36) and 162 all out (Kieran Powell 54, Tonito Willett 41; Liam Sebastien 7-49).