Hetmyer misses century
DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC): SHIMRON HETMYER fell agonisingly short of a hundred as he led a solid West Indies A reply on the second day of the final four-day ‘Test’ against Sri Lanka A here yesterday.
The Caribbean side closed the day on 183 for four at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, with Hetmyer topscoring with an aggressive 94 and captain Shamarh Brooks unbeaten on 43.
Sri Lanka A had earlier converted their overnight 272 for seven into 318 all out, as leftarm seamer Delorn Johnson helped polish off the tail to finish with four for 65.
Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall claimed three for 93, while leg-spinner Damion Jacobs picked up two for 64.
Roshen Silva added just nine to his overnight 40, while number 10 Kasun Madushanka slammed five fours in an eight-ball 20.
West Indies A were quickly in trouble, however, when openers Rajendra Chandrika (11) and left-hander Kieran Powell (8) departed cheaply to leave the visitors stumbling on 35 for two.
THIRD WICKET STAND
Hetmyer and Brooks then came together to rescue the innings in an enterprising 104run, third wicket stand.
The left-handed Hetmyer was dominant throughout in a better than run-a-ball innings, carving out 17 boundaries off just 93 deliveries.
Brooks, a right-hander, has faced 79 deliveries and struck five fours.
When Hetmyer fell, the inform Vishaul Singh joined Brooks to add a further 34 for the fourth wicket, before perishing 15 minutes before the close for 15, lbw to seamer Lahiru Gamage.
The three-game series is tied 1-1 after the hosts won the opener in Colombo by seven wickets and West Indies A pulled of a massive 333-run victory in the second contest in Pallekele.