Shimron Hetmyer
Shimron Hetmyer celebrates his century (Getty Images)

Shimron Hetmyer became the youngest centurion in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) history as he led Guyana Amazon Warriors to a huge 71-run win over Jamaica Tallawahs in Florida.

Thanks to Hetmyer’s 49-ball 100, his maiden century in the format, Guyana put up a challenging 209/7 after opting to bat first and then a collapse saw their opponents losing their final eight wickets for just 35 runs to be bowled out on 138 in 16.2 overs.

Tallawahs began their chase in an aggressive manner with opener Kennar Lewis hitting three fours in the very first over before being caught off the final delivery on 14. But the New Zealand pair of Glenn Phillips and Ross Taylor did not slow down and built on it to take them to 67/1 in the Powerplay overs.

Chris Green broke the stand with the scalp of Taylor on 30 and at the halfway stage, Tallawahs were still in the game despite losing the big-hitting David Miller (11) cheaply to a run out from legspinner Imran Tahir off his own bowling.

Tahir then cleaned up well-set Phillps on 43 off his very next delivery. As it turned out, that run-out triggered a massive collapse and from 102/2, Tallawahs slumped to 138-allout to suffer their first defeat of the season after winning three games on the trot.

It was Hetmyer who laid the foundation of the massive win after hitting the third fastest century in CPL’s six-year history. He struck 11 fours and five sixes to reach the triple figures in 47 deliveries but failed to add to it as Oshane Thomas got the better of the 21-year-old with a clever slower one. It was Hetmyer’s stand with captain Shoaib Malik, worth 108 runs, that helped them to a big total. Malik recorded a 33-ball 50 before falling to Krishmar Santokie.

With this win, Guyana have replaced Tallawahs at the top of the points tally. In fact, both the teams are on six points each but Tallawahs edge ahead on account of a better net run-rate.