September 25, 2016

Hetmyer’s spectacular 107 propels Jaguars to 297-4

WICB/PCL 4-day Cricket…

By Akeem Greene

West Indies Under-19 Captain Shimron Hetymer was undoubtedly, the star of the day as he entertained the sprinkling of spectators with an attractive 107 of 135 balls to lead the Guyana Jaguars to 297-4 against Jamaican Scorpions in their West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Professional Cricket League (PCL) 4-day match at the National Stadium, Providence on Friday.

Rajendra Chandrika

Rajendra Chandrika

Shimron Hetmyer

Shimron Hetmyer

Hetmyer hammered 15 fours and one six in an entertaining inning which spanned 163 minutes at the crease that propelled the Jaguars to a strong position on day one.
With the loss of Nikita Miller, combined by a string of drop catches, there was certainly no sting in the Scorpions attack.
Openers Rajendra Chandrika and Tagenarine Chanderpaul batted smartly to take the Jaguars to 73 without loss at lunch with Chandrika on 50 and Chanderpaul on 19.
Chandrika was dropped at second slip by John Campbell when he was on four then Denis Bulli became another culprit when he put down the Test opener on seven in the same position.
As the right handed batsman continued to ride his luck, he was put down yet again when on 22 by wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas but the experienced player took heed to his chances and became more compact in his shot selection and played some exquisite shots through the cover region to bring up his ninth First-class half-century off 85 balls, hitting nine fours.
The second over after lunch saw leg-spinner Damien Jacobs trapping Chanderpaul leg before for a dogged 21, after putting on 80 for the first wicket.
Hetmyer was next to the crease and opened his account with a six, followed by a four off Jacobs.
Hetmyer then brought up the team’s 100 when he powerfully pulled pacer Gavon Brown through mid-wicket for four, in the 39th over.
The attacking left-handed batsman continued to look positive, as he offered a chance to the visitors when he was put down at mid-off by Andre McCarty off the bowling of Jacobs on 30.
After that erratic shot, the young batsman chose his scoring shots much more smarty as he raised the team’s 150 when he came down the pitch and spanked Jacobs straight back for four.
Chandrika, who looked busier at the crease after lunch, fell for 76, to a soft dismal when he offered a return catch to Jacobs, who was bowling extremely well from the Southern end.
Chandrika faced 216 balls and caressed thirteen balls to the boundary; it brought an end to a fluent 77-run second wicket partnership.
The wicket by no means stemmed the scoring as Hetmyer continued to bat positively to reach his maiden First-class half-century off 66 balls, hitting seven fours and one six.
After his fifty, the Under-19 World Cup winner began picking off singles on a more consistent basis as he put the big shots away to lead the Jaguars to 182-2 at tea with his score at 68 and Captain Leon Johnson on 09.
The pair of Hetmyer and Johnson continued to rotate the strike and hit the boundaries at will; saw the Jaguars reaching 200 in the 68th over, when the captain hit left-arm chinaman Bulli for six over the mid-wicket region.
The next boundary was certainly one to remember as Hetmyer rocked back and slap the ball disdainfully through the backward point for four.
Hetmyer, who before this match, played six matches with a top score of 47, brought up his maiden First-class hundred with an on-drive to mid-on which was misfield and the batsman scampered through for three.
His flamboyant innings saw him hit 14 fours and one six, facing 127 balls, as the home side was now well placed at 235-2 in the 77th over.
Hetmyer added one more four to his tally, before he played lazily to a well-flighted delivery from Jermaine Blackwood and lost his off-stump on 107.
The wicket signaled the end of 86-run third wicket partnership with Johnson as Guyana were now 243-3 in the 80th over.
Jaguars’ two leading run-scorers this season in the captain and Vishaul Singh were now at the crease and the in-form Johnson continued to bat merrily throughout the afternoon playing some spanking cuts.
Singh (23), who was dropped at slip by Campbell, soon after had his off-stumped uprooted by the left-arm pacer Brown, leaving alone a delivery.
The skipper eased two down to third-man to bring up fifth half-century of the season and 28th overall at First-class level, striking two fours and one six.
Not out batsmen at close of play, Johnson (58) and Devendra Bishoo (01) will look ensure their side bat once in search of an outright victory when day two begins today from 10:00hrs.

By Akeem Greene

West Indies Under-19 Captain Shimron Hetymer was undoubtedly, the star of the day as he entertained the sprinkling of spectators with an attractive 107 of 135 balls to lead the Guyana Jaguars to 297-4 against Jamaican Scorpions in their West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Professional Cricket League (PCL) 4-day match at the National Stadium, Providence on Friday.
Hetmyer hammered 15 fours and one six in an entertaining inning which spanned 163 minutes at the crease that propelled the Jaguars to a strong position on day one.
With the loss of Nikita Miller, combined by a string of drop catches, there was certainly no sting in the Scorpions attack.
Openers Rajendra Chandrika and Tagenarine Chanderpaul batted smartly to take the Jaguars to 73 without loss at lunch with Chandrika on 50 and Chanderpaul on 19.
Chandrika was dropped at second slip by John Campbell when he was on four then Denis Bulli became another culprit when he put down the Test opener on seven in the same position.
As the right handed batsman continued to ride his luck, he was put down yet again when on 22 by wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas but the experienced player took heed to his chances and became more compact in his shot selection and played some exquisite shots through the cover region to bring up his ninth First-class half-century off 85 balls, hitting nine fours.
The second over after lunch saw leg-spinner Damien Jacobs trapping Chanderpaul leg before for a dogged 21, after putting on 80 for the first wicket.
Hetmyer was next to the crease and opened his account with a six, followed by a four off Jacobs.
Hetmyer then brought up the team’s 100 when he powerfully pulled pacer Gavon Brown through mid-wicket for four, in the 39th over.
The attacking left-handed batsman continued to look positive, as he offered a chance to the visitors when he was put down at mid-off by Andre McCarty off the bowling of Jacobs on 30.
After that erratic shot, the young batsman chose his scoring shots much more smarty as he raised the team’s 150 when he came down the pitch and spanked Jacobs straight back for four.
Chandrika, who looked busier at the crease after lunch, fell for 76, to a soft dismal when he offered a return catch to Jacobs, who was bowling extremely well from the Southern end.
Chandrika faced 216 balls and caressed thirteen balls to the boundary; it brought an end to a fluent 77-run second wicket partnership.
The wicket by no means stemmed the scoring as Hetmyer continued to bat positively to reach his maiden First-class half-century off 66 balls, hitting seven fours and one six.
After his fifty, the Under-19 World Cup winner began picking off singles on a more consistent basis as he put the big shots away to lead the Jaguars to 182-2 at tea with his score at 68 and Captain Leon Johnson on 09.
The pair of Hetmyer and Johnson continued to rotate the strike and hit the boundaries at will; saw the Jaguars reaching 200 in the 68th over, when the captain hit left-arm chinaman Bulli for six over the mid-wicket region.
The next boundary was certainly one to remember as Hetmyer rocked back and slap the ball disdainfully through the backward point for four.
Hetmyer, who before this match, played six matches with a top score of 47, brought up his maiden First-class hundred with an on-drive to mid-on which was misfield and the batsman scampered through for three.
His flamboyant innings saw him hit 14 fours and one six, facing 127 balls, as the home side was now well placed at 235-2 in the 77th over.
Hetmyer added one more four to his tally, before he played lazily to a well-flighted delivery from Jermaine Blackwood and lost his off-stump on 107.
The wicket signaled the end of 86-run third wicket partnership with Johnson as Guyana were now 243-3 in the 80th over.
Jaguars’ two leading run-scorers this season in the captain and Vishaul Singh were now at the crease and the in-form Johnson continued to bat merrily throughout the afternoon playing some spanking cuts.
Singh (23), who was dropped at slip by Campbell, soon after had his off-stumped uprooted by the left-arm pacer Brown, leaving alone a delivery.
The skipper eased two down to third-man to bring up fifth half-century of the season and 28th overall at First-class level, striking two fours and one six.
Not out batsmen at close of play, Johnson (58) and Devendra Bishoo (01) will look ensure their side bat once in search of an outright victory when day two begins today from 10:00hrs.

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