Patience pays off for Thomas
Jamaica Scorpions opening batsman Shacaya Thomas was the second highest runs scorer in regional first-class cricket two years ago.
He was, however, lukewarm last season and was in and out of the team at different stages.
Fast forward to this season, where after finishing as one of the top batsman in the national trials, he did not get a chance to parade his skills until yesterday.
So what did he do. On seasonal debut, the 27-year-old hit a second highest score of 64 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Sabina Park to put Jamaica on 197 for six at the end on the first day of their WICB First-Class Tournament clash at Sabina Park.
"Not bad for me just starting the season," he said following his knock his 249-ball knock.
"The pitch was hard to bat on at the start, but credit to Trinidad.
"I thought they bowled in some good areas. Instead of coming at us, they played the patient game with us, causing me to play an uncharacteristic innings."
Thomas batted throughout all three sessions before falling 17 minutes before the close.
"Normally, I am an aggressive player, so facing close to 250 balls and making 64 was really uncharacteristic for me," he stated.
"I have been some extra work with coach Robert Samuels and Junior Bennett, so I know I could bat as many balls, it was just to do it in a game."
Thomas featured in two important stands, an even 100 for the second wicket with Barbados-born batsman Kirk Edwards (66) and 66 for the fourth wicket with with Antiguan-born Devon Thomas, who made 38.
"It is the game of cricket. Today you are up, tomorrow you are down," Thomas said when asked about his non-selection for earlier matches.
"If you check the team I play as an opener and the (then) captain (Paul Palmer Jr) and vice-captain (John Campbell) are openers," he shared.
"It would (therefore) have always been difficult to get into the team."
"But I think that nothing happens before its time so I just had to put in the work, and wait until I get my chance.
Scores: Jamaica Scorpions 197 for six (Kirk Edwards 66, Shacaya Thomas 64, Devon Thomas 38; Jon-Russ Jagessar 3-53, Imran Khan 2-59).