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...as Hetmyer, Dowrich crack centuries
Windies rebound from 5 for 65
LEICESTER, England---Rookie Shimron
Hetmyer produced a stunning unbeaten
century while wicketkeeper Shane Dow-
rich also chipped in with three figures, as
West Indies dominated the opening day
of their two-day match against Leices-
The 20-year-old left-hander struck 128 not
out at better than a run-a-ball as the Windies
registered 377 for seven declared off 88 overs,
after winning the toss and electing to bat at
Dowrich also made the most of his oppor-
tunity, scoring 108 not out off 176 balls with
16 fours as he regained touch in the lead-up
to the decisive third Test at Lord's next week.
He added an unbroken stand of 186 with
Hetmyer for the eighth wicket after West In-
dies' innings seemed to be petering out tamely
at 191 for seven in the final session.
Earlier in the day, left-handed opener Kieran
Powell also tuned up with a stroke-filled 82.
He batted 3-? hours, faced 154 balls and hit 12
fours and a huge six over midwicket.
However, the day belonged to the exciting
Hetmyer who made his Test debut against
Pakistan earlier this year but is yet to feature
in the ongoing Test series against England.
Coming at number nine in just his third in-
nings on tour, Hetmyer hit 17 fours and five
sixes in just over two hours off 120 balls. He
treated spectators to an array of breathtaking
strokes on both side of the wicket, reaching
his half century off 49 balls with nine fours
and two sixes.
He then accelerated to raise his century off
100 balls, counting 12 fours and five sixes---two
of which came in the same over from off-spin-
ner Robert Sayer.
After reaching the landmark, Hetmyer con-
tinued to dominate and the declaration came
in fading light as he cracked three boundaries
in the final over of the day from left-arm pacer
Earlier in the day, the visitors slipped to five
for two in the fourth over when opener Kraigg
Brathwaite (2) and Kyle Hope (1) were both
trapped leg-before in then space of seven balls.
Second Test hero Shai Hope then joined
Powell and they repaired the early damage,
adding 48 for the third wicket.
Hope counted six boundaries in a fluent 28
off 33 balls before he was bowled by seamer
Richard Jones, leading to two quick wickets
for seamer Gavin Griffiths, who finished with
two for 70.
Roston Chase was lbw for two, trapped on
the crease as Griffiths got a delivery to swing
in and two balls later Jermaine Blackwood fell
for a duck, well held at cover from a powerful
Powell then began the revival for West In-
dies, putting on 117 for the sixth wicket with
Dowrich, before Hetmyer arrived to swing the
game in favour of the tourists.
Left-arm seamer Dieter Klein was the best
bowler with three for 77.
Our performance was poor---Lawrence
Five thousand, two hundred
spectators according to the TTFA
watched the Soca Warriors come
up short (2-1) to Honduras at the
Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on
Friday night in its 2018 Concacaf
World Cup Qualifier.
The T&TFA had previously stated
that it had hoped to generate a more
hostile atmosphere for the Hondu-
rans by switching venues from the
team's international home at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo
in the Capital City, but that decision
brought no marked rewards.
However, head Coach, Dennis
Lawrence was not willing to identify
fan attendance as having any major
impact on the final result.
"The venue wasn't the issue. The
issue was the performance of our
team tonight." said a visibly upset
Lawrence during the post match
T&T fell behind as early as the 7th
minute when Romell Quioto was al-
lowed to get his diagonal cross in from
about mid-way into the T&T half.
Goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams,
wearing the captain's armband in
the absence of regular skipper Ken-
wyne Jones, somehow made a mess
of what should have been a routine
catch directly from Quioto's cross.
So straight-forward was the sce-
nario that centre-backs Daneil Cyrus
and Sheldon Bateau both turned away
from the play confident and with the
expectation that their last line of de-
fense had dealt with the threat.
Instead, Williams spilled the catch
onto the alert feet of a Honduran
attacker whose first and second at-
tempts to tee up a team-mate were
blocked by the desperate lunge of
midfielder Kevan George and then
the leg of Kevon Villaroel respec-
tively, the ricochet fell invitingly to
Alexander Lopez who lashed a first
time shot into the roof of the net from
18 yards out.
The lack-lustre defensive effort of
the home team was punished again
in the 16th minute when Alberth Elis
put Honduras 2-0 ahead. That goal
was even more indicative of T&T's
Once more it originated on T&T's
right side as the lively Quioto was al-
lowed to deliver a seemingly harmless
cross into the T&T penalty area while
being marked right-back Aubrey Da-
vid. Quioto's feeble left-footed pass
rolled along the T&T six-yard line and
past four T&T defenders, before Elis
stabbed home with the inside of his
right boot at the far post.
Conceding such soft goals proved
to be a crucial error and peeved Law-
rence who said after the match, "The
concern that I raised against Jamaica
and I will raise again is that we can-
not keep conceding goals so early in
games. We were down two nil in 15
minutes and to climb that mountain
Those goals all but deflated the
Soca Warriors who could not muster
more than a single shot on target from
Cordell Cato in an opening 45 minute
performance which Lawrence could
not defend in any form or fashion.
"In the first half we were poor.
Every time Honduras got into our
box we looked like we were going
to concede. It was just not a perfor-
mance that anyone was expecting.
Not what I expected, not what an-
yone expected. I don't understand
exactly what happened to the boys,
if the occasion got to them but it
wasn't a first half that we expected,
" Lawrence explained.
He added: "I said to them that
there was no point in giving up
two goals and then trying to climb
back in the second half. There was
no point in playing for 45 minutes."
T&T showed marked improve-
ment towards the end of the first
half and early in the second but any
chances of a complete turn-around
were dealt a heavy blow when sub-
stitute Alvin Jones who had
come on at the resumption to
replace David was sent off for
a dangerous tackle on Alfre-
do Mejia in the 56th minute,
leaving referee Guerro with
no choice but to give the T&T
full back his marching orders.
That came at the end of a
frenetic three minute period
for the host which came close
to scoring twice, the best of
which fell to Cato who did well
to get on the end of a diagonal
pass from Molino from the left
but could not keep his shot on
Even with 10 men, T&T had
its best chance of the match in
the 64th minute when Molino,
Jones and Hyland combined
with a neat exchange of pass-
es near the left corner of Honduras'
penalty area. Hyland's hurried shot
from just inside the area rolled wide
but the midfielder felt the brunt of
a late tackle by Emilio Izaguirre
which compelled Guerro to point
to the penalty spot as well as show
Izaguirre a red card for his challenge.
Joevin Jones expertly converted
the spot kick which gave the fans and
team hope however, efforts to stage a
comeback fell flat, leaving Lawrence
to contemplate upon what could be
a dead-rubber for the remainder of
the Russia 2018 campaign.
"We all need to question ourselves
and figure out why we performed in
that manner. As I said to the boys,
we've got to try and see if we can
correct this quickly. We've got to
pick our heads up as quick as pos-
sible and face what is coming in front
of us," said Lawrence.
T&T leaves today to face Panama
in Panama City on Tuesday.
Shimron Hetmyer ... blasted a better than run-
a-ball unbeaten hundred.
Leicestershire vs West Indies -- 1st day, tour match
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
K Brathwaite lbw b Klein
K Powell c wkp Swindells b Klein
K Hope lbw b Chappell
S Hope b Jones
R Chase lbw b Griffiths
J Blackwood c Sayer b Griffiths
S Dowrich not out
J Holder b Klein
S Hetmyer not out
Extras (b7, lb4, w5, nb5)
TOTAL (7 wkts, 88 overs)
To bat: D Bishoo, Roach, Gabriel, A Joseph, M Cum-
mins, R Reifer.
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-5, 3-53, 4-64, 5-64, 6-181, 7-191.
Bowling: Chappell 19-2-75-1, Klein 19-4-77-3, Jones
12-3-50-1, Griffiths 18-1-70-2, Sayer 11-1-53-0, Wells
8-0-24-0, Ali 1-0-17-0.
Leicestershire---Ned Eckersley (captain), Harry
Dearden, Samuel Evans, Aadil Ali, Tom Wells, Zak
Chappell, Harry Swindells, Rob Sayer, Dieter Klein,
Gavin Griffiths, Richard Alan Jones.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: P Baldwin, C Watts. (CMC)
n Mexico beats Panama 1-0
n Costar Rica beats USA 2-0
n Honduras beats T&T 2-1
n Honduras hosts USA, 3:36 pm
n Panama hosts T&T, 9:05 pm
n Costa Rica hosts Mexico, 8:05 pm
Honduras' Alberth Elis, right, celebrates his team's goal with his team-mate
Alex Lopez while T&T's midfielder Kevon Villaroel looks on from the ground in
disappointment during the teams 2018 Concacaf World Cup Qualiyfing match
at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, on Friday night. T&T lost the game 2-1.
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