Tobago cricketer Iraq Thomas and his Trinidad counterparts Kieron Pollard and Ravi Rampaul command world cricket headlines

Tobago cricketer Iraq Thomas and his Trinidad counterparts Kieron Pollard and Ravi Rampaul command world cricket headlines

cricket-1461823252In what is a new world record, 23-year-old Tobago batsman, Iraq Thomas smashed a 21-ball century in the Tobago Cricket Association’s T20 tournament at Louis D’or on Sunday.

Representing Scarborough/Mason Hall, Thomas finished with an unbeaten 131 off 31 balls to help his side chase Speyside’s decent target of 152 in just eight overs.

Thomas got to his century off just 21 balls and eventually finished unbeaten on 131 off just 31 balls with 15 sixes and five fours to his name.

Speaking to the Trinidad Guardian after the match, a delighted Thomas said, “I was just very happy to reach my first T20 century. I have played cricket for a while and to get this century in the shortest format left me very happy. I played for Queen’s Park in Trinidad, so coming into this tournament I had some good experience having played at that level in Trinidad.”

Not to forget, Chris Gayle owns the record for the fastest T20 ton which he slammed off 30 balls against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League.

On the other hand, South Africa’s swashbuckling batsman AB de Villiers owns the record for the fastest ODI ton – which he scored off mere 31 balls.

In india yesterday in IPL T 20 action, there was also an awesome display of power-hitting and it came from Kieron pollard who took 17 Balls to reach his fifty in a match-winning knock for the Mumbai Indians against Sunil Narine’s Kolkata Knight Riders.

Pollard’s 50 became the joint third-fastest in IPL history in terms of balls faced along with Adam Gilchrist, Gayle and Chris Morris.

It was the fastest for Mumbai Indians in IPL eclipsing Harbhajans 19-ball effort against Kings XI Punjab last season.

It was also the fastest against Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL, overtaking Robin Uthappas 22-ball fifty in 2010.

Pollard, playing his 100th match for Mumbai, also became the sixth player to reach 6000 runs in 20-over cricket. He is the youngest in terms of age (28 years & 352 days) and slowest in terms of innings batted (274) to reach the milestone.

He has scored 6009 runs in T20s without scoring a hundred. He overtakes Shoaib Maliks tally of 5995 runs among batsmen with most runs never scoring a T20 century.

Former West Indies pacer Ravi Rampaul of Trinidad is also in the world cricket frame for his figures of 5 for 85 on Tuesday as Somerset were dismissed for 353, 110 runs shy of Surrey’s first innings knock of 463 that featured a brilliant 171 from Kumar Sangakkara.

Somerset owed their total to Marcus Trescothick who scored127, his 59th first-class ton that helped his team to a decent total in the face of a batting collapse triggered by the West Indian pacer.

Rampaul got the ball to move late and jump up off a length, something that no other seamer could manage.

After getting Rogers to play on to his off stump, he got one to climb on Hildreth, who gloved down the leg side to Ben Foakes. The wicket of Peter Trego was perhaps the most impressive: the ball drawing the right-hander forward, before getting big on him. Unable to pull out of the shot, Trego continued on and the edge of his bat was found.

Rampaul later removed a stubborn Overton to post his second five-wicket haul of the season and earn a BBC Radio interview.