Thomas century helps Hurricanes keep Championship hopes alive with win over Volcanoes

By March 09, 2019
Leeward Islands Hurricanes bastman Devon Thomas. Leeward Islands Hurricanes bastman Devon Thomas.

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes are keeping very slim hopes of overturning the lead of the Guyana Jaguars in the West Indies Championship with a six-wicket win over the Windward Islands Volcanoes at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. 

Devon Thomas’ aggressive 117 was the catalyst that put the Hurricanes over the line, propelling them to 167-4 in just 39 overs for the victory.

Sending the Volcanoes into bat proved a good decision by the Hurricanes, as they routed them for just 200, despite 92 from Sunil Ambris. Only Kimani Melius, 29, and Dennis Smith, 27, offered any other contributions against the destruction provided by Alzarri Joseph, 3-36, and Sheno Berridge, 4-34.

Quinton Botswain also contributed with 2-58 while Rahkeem Cornwall, 1-58, picked up a wicket.

The Hurricanes did marginally better with the bat than did their opponents, as half-centuries from Jaison Peters, 60, and Thomas, 69, led them to 261. Terrance Ward also put in a good shift with 40 against Ray Jordan, 3-40, Josh Thomas, 2-46, Alick Athanaze, 2-21, and Kavem Hodge, 2-36. Herman Lewis ended with figures of 1-57.

Batting a second time, the Volcanoes feared little better than they did the first, with Audy Alexander’s even half-century as good as it would get for them in a total of 226.

Devon Smith, 27, Ambris, 31, Athanaze, 32, and Jordan, 29, must all have cursed their luck having got starts and not gone on to turn them into big scores.

With a lead of just 166, Thomas wasted no time in laying into the bowling after Montcin Hodge, 1, and Keacy Carty, 0, had taken early showers.

The batsman slammed 15 fours and four sixes on his way to the unbeaten century even as he lost partners in his skipper Kieran Powell for two and Jahmar Hamilton for four.

Ward would prove a good foil for Thomas, scoring a patient 37 from 101 deliveries to help the chasing Hurricanes over the line.

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