Thomas' hundred leads Jamaica XI fightback

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Aldaine Thomas hit a back-to-the-wall century as the Jamaica Select XI repelled touring England Lions on Tuesday in the three-day warm-up match at Sabina Park.

At close of play on the second day, the Lions were 78-3 in their second innings for an overall lead of 105 runs. Dan Lawrence and Joe Clarke are on 16 and 12, respectively.

The Jamaica XI had been dismissed in Tuesday's final session for 236 in reply to the Lions' first-innings score of 263-8 declared on Monday.

Scores: England Lions 263-8 decl (75.3 ovs) & 78-3 (19 ovs); Jamaica XI 236 (68.3 ovs)

Thomas, the 23-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman, struck 10 fours and two sixes in his knock of 109. He faced 185 deliveries before being the last man dismissed.

His partnership of 80 runs with number 10 Gordon Bryan (29) for the ninth wicket was integral in hauling the hosts within 27 runs of the Englishmen's first-innings total. The Lions' pace bowler James Porter finished with 3-24.

The Lions are using this game to prepare for three unofficial Test matches against West Indies A. The first game is scheduled to start Sunday at Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.

Sanjay Myers

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