Guyana hold on for draw against Trinidad & Tobago

CANE GARDEN, Barbados (CMC) – Seon Hetmeyer hit his maiden hundred to help Guyana earn a draw against Trinidad & Tobago as the TCL Group West Indies Under-19 Challenge ended on Saturday.

Hetmeyer gathered 105, as Guyana, trailing T&T by 109 runs from the first innings, reached 289 for eight in their second innings before the fifth and final round match came to a tame conclusion at the Lester Vaughan School.

The result meant that Guyana – last year’s champions – ended the competition on 34 points in second place, three points behind new champions and hosts Barbados.

Trinidad & Tobago by virtue of taking a first innings lead ended on 30 points in third place in the six-team standings.

Hetmeyer used the third and final day of the match to brighten up an otherwise dull day of cricket, after Trinidad & Tobago declared at their overnight total of 336 for nine to chase a victory.

Hetmeyer is playing in his second and final year at this level, and he struck 10 fours and one six from 216 balls in a little over 4-1/2 hours.

He added a vital 89 for the fourth-wicket stand with Jonathan Foo, who made 48, and this helped to get Guyana back on track, after there was a glimmer of hope for a Trinidad & Tobago victory, when the Guyanese slumped to 69 for three.

Trevon Griffith and Royan Fredericks had given the Guyanese a 57-run opening stand in quick time.

But Fredericks fell for his best score of the tournament of 31, and soon after Griffith was dismissed for 22.

Dilon Heyliger never suggested permanence and was caught at cover for five off Akiel Cooper.

Hetmyer and Foo linked up and saw Guyana to 111 for three at lunch, but after the interval, Foo was caught behind off Cooper.

Hetmeyer changed gear by playing meticulously while he found Royston Alkins a willing ally and they carried the score 217 for four at tea.

After the break, Hetmeyer played with consummate ease rotating the strike nicely, as wickets tumbled at the other end before both sides agreed it was pointless to continue.

Cooper ended with three wickets for 47 runs from 12 overs, and Omeshwar Ramoutar nabbed three for 52 from 14 overs.