“Doing my best to help the team, and enjoying myself”

– Shimron Hetmyer says

Fresh from scoring a scorching 80 in the first match of the CG Insurance Regional Super50, Guyana Jaguars vice-captain Shimron Hetmyer has said he is delighted that he got the opportunity to hit a few balls after his long absence from competitive cricket.

Shimron Hetmyer batting during his 80 in the opening match

Asked if he would continue applying that fearless and aggressive approach during the rest of the tournament, Hetmyer told Cricket West Indies: “I will see how it goes. It all depends on when and how we bat, if we are chasing or defending. I don’t want to play like that each and every game, and then we keep losing wickets. That won’t really help the team, so I am trying to do my best and help the team; and with doing that, enjoy myself at the crease.”
In the first match, Jaguars were bowled out in 41.4 overs. Moving ahead in this tournament, Hetmyer has said the team would be looking to bat that full quota of 50 overs.
“It’s time for us to put that right now, and it’s been a couple of years now that we are not being able to bat full 50 overs as a Guyana team. I am trying to make that one of my goals: for us to bat 50 overs; and if we do more time than that, we make over 300 runs,” Hetmyer posited.
In addition to Hetmyer’s 80, fellow Berbician Romario Shepherd hit 58*, which proved to be an invaluable knock. Hetmyer was happy to see his good friend ‘in the runs’. “Yes, I am very happy for him. He has been putting the work in as I would have seen, and he keeps doing his stuff. I am happy for him, and he is reaping his benefit, so it’s just for him to continue,” Hetmyer added.
Guyana Jaguars will play the Leeward Islands Hurricanes on Friday February 12 from 13:30 hours. (Brandon Corlette)