BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Devon Thomas celebrated his 30th birthday nine days early with his second List “A” hundred in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup opener on Wednesday.
The Antiguan cracked 105 from 94 balls to set up Leeward Islands Hurricanes for a 198-run victory over defending champions Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners in the first Group “A” game at Warner Park.
Thomas hit his maiden List “A” hundred of 103 not out against Guyana Jaguars in the 2017-18 Super50 Cup last February at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in his native Antigua.
In his 12th season at the senior West Indies domestic level, he is looking to display more maturity and consistency in his batting, as one of the linchpins of the Hurricanes batting.
Thomas spoke to CWI Media following his innings and said he’s putting into practice some of what he learnt playing for the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots during the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 Tournament. . .
On scoring his hundred:
It was very special to me. I have only one List “A” hundred, so this was my second, and I am very pleased to have reached the milestone.
On what clicked during his innings:
I have been batting pretty well from the Leeward Islands Cricket Board tournament (which preceded the Super50 Cup) and I have tried to remain in that same frame of mind.
On the game situation when he came out to bat:
They (Kieron Powell and Amir Jangoo) set up the game for us and for me to rotate the strike and try to start batting deep into the overs. I said to myself I wanted to bat 42 overs and ended up batting 47 overs, but it was a good team effort from everyone, and we are pleased that it all worked out in this game.
On the condition of the pitch:
It was a bit two-paced and when the bowlers bowled back of a length, you can’t force the ball, so I ahd to wait a bit until the ball came under eyes. It was a two-paced pitch.
On comparing his two List “A” hundreds:
I think they are in the same class. I made 103 not out against Guyana and I made 105, so it was a similar type of innings.
On what this innings taught him:
It’s not just this innings. I learnt a lot during the Caribbean Premier League, so I am just trying to take those things into my game a lot more. Playing with a few overseas players, I spoke with them and they told me what’s up – even the coaches – so I just want to put a few of things into my game and try to make them work.
On Hurricanes winning their first match:
It’s good. We are playing at home. We know this pitch much better than the rest of the teams, so it will be a good tournament. There will be challenges too, but for me this tournament I want to really stand out this year, especially since it will be my 30th birthday next week.