CPL

Shimron Hetmyer ton, Tallawahs meltdown hands Guyana victory

By August 18, 2018
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A Shimron Hetmyer century handed gave the Guyana Amazon Warriors enough of a threat to force a meltdown from the Jamaica Tallawahs in their first Hero Caribbean Premier League game at the Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday. 

Hetmyer, with an even century from 49 balls, led the Warriors to 209-7 from their 20 overs before the home team capitulated for 138 inside 17 overs to hand the visitors a massive 71-run victory.

The Warriors were set back early in their innings with Chadwick Walton, 9, and Luke Ronchi, 8, going in the first six overs but Hetmyer, joined by his skipper, Shoaib Malik, took the score from 52-2, in the sixth over, to 162-3 when the former Windies under-19 captain finally holed out off the bowling of Oshane Thomas.

Malik would also reach a milestone, scoring an even 50 from 33 deliveries before his wicket sparked a comeback for the Tallawahs.

The home side had been facing the possibility of a target in excess of 220-230, but good bowling slowed the fantastic run rate that had earlier been pushed by Hetmyer’s hitting.

Hetmyer had made it to his century in 47 deliveries, only Andre Russell scoring any quicker in the CPL, by slamming 16 boundaries, 11 fours and five sixes, damaging all the bowling statistics for the Tallawahs.

Thomas would end with the best figures, grabbing 2-32, while Krishmar Santokie had 2-35. Nobody else completed four overs and all had conceded 30 or more runs.

While 209 was a far cry from where the Warriors could have ended up, on a good Broward pitch, the runs were already on the board and a score of over 200 was nothing to scoff at.

The Tallawahs were certainly capable of getting to 210 with the likes of their powerful skipper Andre Russell in their line-up and they started as if the total was well within their reach.

Kenar Lewis started like a man possessed, slamming 14 off the first over but when he chipped the final delivery of Keemo Paul’s opening over, there were signs that maybe the Tallawahs weren’t going to get this right.

Ross Taylor and Glen Phillips then looked to get the Tallawahs back on track and got to 82 before the former’s sweep shot was top edged and taken by the wicketkeeper. Taylor’s early shower came after he had tallied 30 from 20 deliveries.

At 82-2 in the eighth over, the Tallawahs were still looking good, but when Imran Tahir ran out David Miller for 11 and then induced an inside edge from Phillips for 43, the balance of power had swung.

The two new batsmen at the crease were Russell and Rovman Powell, more than enough firepower to push the Tallawahs toward a victory.

Russell, however, pulled Bishoo to Hetmyer at deep midwicket, the young man taking a fabulous catch, and dissipating the Tallawahs hopes for turning around their fortunes in Fort Lauderdale.

The Tallawahs now have a record of one win and four losses at their Broward base.

Chris Green was brilliant for the Warriors, grabbing 2-19 in his four overs. More than his two wickets, was his economy, which strangled the Tallawahs and pushed them into making mistakes.

Tahir was also in the thick of things, grabbing 2-26 from his four overs to break the perfect record of the Tallawahs, who now have three wins and a loss to sit second in the standings.

The Warriors have moved to the top of the table by virtue of having a better net run rate than the Tallawahs.

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