Oct 16, 2015 Sports
Hetymer’s unbeaten 76 rallies his team to draw
By Sean Devers
The 332 needed by Shemron Hetymer’s X1 to win after Leon Johnson’s X1 declared their second
innings closed at 259-8 mid-way through the second session was always going to be an improbable proposition even on an easy paced Bourda track yesterday. But 18-year-old opener Shemron Hetymer utilized the time remaining on the last day of the first PCL four-day practice game to fashion an entertaining unbeaten 76 from 80 balls with nine fours and a six to see his team to 123-1 as the encounter ended in a draw.
Hetymer shared an unfinished 94-run second wicket partnership with fellow West Indies Under-19 player Tevin Imlach, who made an undefeated 30 from 55 balls with three boundaries after Robin Bacchus (12) was caught behind off a fired-up Ronsford Beaton at 29-1.
Vishaul Singh who joined Shiv Chanderpaul 15 minutes before the close on Wednesday when Assad Fudadin needlessly threw his wicket away with a century for taking, soon edged a catch to the keeper off Raun Johnson for 14, Leon Johnson’s X1 slipped from their overnight 126-3 to 142-4. Without addition to the score Bajan Raymon Reifer edged Johnson, who bowled impressively, to the keeper before he had scored.
Chanderpaul, who made 38 from 89 balls in 156 minutes with three fours departed at 164-6 when he was dismissed for the second time in the game by teenaged leg-spinner Steven Sankar.
Chris Barnwell and wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble took the score to 176-6 by Lunch. Bramble was dropped 10 minutes before Lunch off Raj Nannan by Kandasammy Surujnarine at cover before he had scored. It was the type of catch that would have been gobbled up by a primary school student.
Barnwell clobbered Sankar for four, hit him over mid-wicket off a knee high full toss before dispatching the spinner for four off another full toss. Sankar released the pressure on Bramble, who was batting cautiously, and thumped him for four off another high full toss and by the time pace was reintroduced both batsmen had found their rhythm.
Barnwell pulled Johnson for four and when he bowled one that bounced higher, hooked him to the backward square boundary. Barnwell reached his 50 from 90 balls aided by six fours, before he moved across his wicket and was bowled by Joseph for 58 after spending 170 minutes at the crease at 244-7.
Steven Jacobs (12) got off the mark with three consecutive boundaries off Joseph who troubled the batsmen with his pace. He first cut the Berbician and then edged twice over the slip cordon before inexplicably playing no shot to Jevon Searles and was bowled.
Bramble faced 92 balls and remained 28 not out; Johnson (2-43) and Sankar (2-64) were the main wicket takers for Hetymer’s X1 who began their run chase positively. Robin Bacchus was afforded the opportunity to open and delightfully cut Ronsford Beaton for four before Hetymer sliced Beaton to third man for four more.
But just when he was looking untroubled Bacchus departed, that was the last taste of success for the bowlers on a hot day as Hetymer and Imlach played with confidence and displayed level heads.
Imlach was struck on his helmet by a nasty lifting delivery from Beaton who ran in and bent his back on the docile track. But the courageous Imlach shook off the effects of the sickening blow. Although he was peppered with a couple of quick bouncers in the same over he soon overcame the testing period from the new ball. Hetymer ‘rode’ a hostile short ball from Beaton to third man for four and then danced into Jacobs and on-drove him for four while Imlach punched the ‘dreadlocked’ off-spinner majestically to the cover boundary as the runs began the flow and the partnership grew under another cloudless sky and a lightning fast and parched outfield.
Hetymer’s adrenaline was flowing and he smashed left-arm spinner Anthony Adams with contempt through cover to gallop to 49.
But an over ambitious loft off Adam went high to long-on and the difficult catch was floored. Hetymer reached his 50 with a couple of runs from the dropped catch.
The pair was still together when time was called and after a break for weekend club cricket, training and practice sessions resumes on Monday. The last four-day practice game will be played from October 26 at Providence where the Guyana Jaguars will begin the defense of their PCL title against the Windward Volcanoes on November 6.
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