TOBAGO cricketer Iraq Thomas made a statement on his debut for English club Caverswall Cricket Club in the North Staffs and South Cheshire League as he slammed 84, on Saturday.
His knock led Caverswall to 221/8 in 40 overs, before Silverdale Cricket Club were restricted to 203/9 in 40 overs. Thomas cracked 12 fours and three sixes in his 66-ball knock batting at number four.
Thomas, now in his late twenties, joined Caverswall in December after spending four seasons in the South West.
During that time Thomas helped North Somerset team Congresbury win promotion to the West of England Premier League.
In December on Facebook, Caverswall wrote, "All rounder Iraq has some pretty impressive feats in his cricketing career, notably the record for the most centuries in T20 cricket by a Tobago cricketer, most sixes in a single T20 cricket innings and the very impressive fastest T20 century (100 struck in 2️1 balls) in a Tobago cricket competition finishing with 131 from 31 balls. Also his four previous seasons in the UK has seen him scoring 2,155 runs with a top score of 141 not out, claiming 108 wickets with top figures of 7/9 and taking 24 catches in the field."
His 21-ball century was achieved in the Tobago Cricket Association T20 tournament for Scarborough/Mason Hall in 2016.
In 2015, Thomas and another young cricketer won a scholarship to travel to England for two months through the Atlantic/Kieron Pollard scholarship.
"We hope that all our members will give Iraq a warm welcome should you see him in and around the club next season," Caverswall added.
Last season Caverswall finished third in division two.