Man-of-the-Match Shimron Hetmyer and fast bowler Sheldon Cotterrell starred with the bat and ball to guide the West Indies to victory by 26 runs over England in the second One-Day International at Kensington Oval today.
Hetmyer scored 104 with seven boundaries and four sixes from 83 balls in an entertaining innings which dominated the England bowling. Later, Cotterrell took five wickets for 46 runs to undermine the England batting which at one stage seemed to be heading towards a win.
The young left-handed Hetmyer stroked the ball along the ground when it was necessary to do so, and smashed it over the boundary whenever he got the opportunity to. The West Indies were 121 for three in the 26th over when the young left-handed batsman came to the crease and for the next 24 overs he entertained the large crowd with a number of thrilling shots.
He played several lofted shots during his innings, one of his sixes sent the spectators in the lower level of the Mitchie Hewitt Stand scampering. Hetmyer rushed to 50 from 47 balls with three fours and two sixes. The former West Indies U-19 captain was on 99 with two balls of the last over remaining when he drilled a ball from Ben Stokes to the mid-off boundary to reach his century.
Earlier, opener Chris Gayle scored 50 from 63 balls. The veteran batsman struck off-spinner Moeen Ali over long-off for six and swept him into the Greendige and Haynes Stand for another massive six. He seemed to be heading for a bigger score when he was bowled by leg-spinner Adil Rashid. After his dismissal the West Indies’ batting stalled. Shai Hope made a fluent 33 that included two sixes and one four and Darren Bravo contributed 24 before running himself out. With the batsmen finding difficulty getting away the ball it took all of 38 overs before the Windies could reach 200.
The dismissal of Bravo and Jason Holder via the run out route did not help the home side’s efforts. It then took the explosive batting talent of Hetmyer to guide them to their fighting total.
The dismissal of Bravo and Jason Holder via the run out route did not help the West Indies effort. it took the explosive batting of Hetmyer to guide them to a fighting total.
Chasing 290 to win the match, England got off to a bad start. Cotterrell who opened the bowling trapped opener Jonny Bairstow lbw for a duck with the second ball of the innings. In his next over he then bowled Jason Roy for two. England were 10 for the loss of two wickets at this stage.
Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan began to repair the damage with a partnership of 58. Root was then caught by wicketkeeper Hope off pacer Oshane Thomas for 36 when he chased a short ball outside the off-stump. Root was replaced by Ben Stokes, and he and Morgan added 99 for the fourth wicket.
England were in a sound position at 159 when Morgan was caught at deep backward square by Hetmyer for 70. He faced 83 balls and struck five fours and three sixes. Stokes who top-scored with 79 from 85 balls seemed to be guiding England to victory until he was caught by Hope off Holder after facing 85 balls and striking seven boundaries and two sixes. The next ball from Holder Tom Curran was given out lbw by umpire Gregory Brathwaite even though the ball seemed not only to be high but missing leg-stump as well. But England had earlier lost their referral.
Cotterrell cleaned up the tail as England were dismissed for 263 with the last six wickets falling for 35 runs. Holder supported Cottrell with 3 wickets for 53 runs from 10 overs.