High praise for Hetmyer


February 09, 2016

FATULLAH, Bangladesh (CMC):

Captain Shimron Hetmyer's character has come in for high praise from team management following his half-century in a winning cause against Pakistan Under-19s in yesterday's quarter-final of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

The Guyanese batsman, struggling with poor form, had come under tremendous pressure following the run out controversy against Zimbabwe in the last group game but hit an aggressive 52 to help propel Young West Indies to a convincing five-wicket victory over the Pakistanis.

"Hetmyer has been one of the leading players at the youth level for the last few years so he's a player we felt would always come good and he came good when it really mattered," team manager Dwain Gill told CMC Sports.

Hetmyer entered the World Cup as the Caribbean side's leading batsman but prior to yesterday, had managed only 23 runs from four innings.

However, he picked himself up, striking eight fours and a six in a breezy 42-ball innings to help lay the foundation for the Young Windies victory.

Gill said Hetmyer, having gotten a start, should have carried on to get a bigger score but hopes the innings can be the start of a run of form.

"This is just one innings and we are disappointed he couldn't have finished the match," Gill noted.

West Indies face Bangladesh in the second semi-final on Thursday.

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