Harpy Eagles’ batsmen struggle on day one of practice match

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The majority of Guyana Harpy Eagles’ frontline batsmen have thus far failed to make the most of the opportunities presented on day one of their three-day practice match at the Everest Cricket Club on Monday.

Thirteen wickets fell on the first day as Keemo Paul’s XI was bowled out for 177 from 72 overs with Akshaya Persaud’s 35 (3x4s) from 85 balls being the top score.

Persaud was not the only one who got a start but did not convert as Kemol Savory (23 from 80 balls) and Tagenarine Chanderpaul (21 from 78) all spent considerable time in the middle.

Kevlon Anderson (19), Junior Sinclair (18), and Matthew Nandu (17) also fell after some time in the middle, as Kevin Sinclair picked up 3-28 and Steven Sankar 2-38. Pacer Demitri Cameron got 2-14, while Mavindra Dindyal (1-1), Shamer Joseph (1-14) and Clinton Pestano (1-28) got in the wickets column as well.

Leon Johnson’s XI, in response, reached stumps at 18-3 from seven overs with Chandrapaul Hemraj (11), Trevon Griffith (0), Dindyal (0) all back in the hut.

Johnson and Vishaul Singh are both unbeaten on three as Ronsford Beaton has chipped out 2-8 and Sylus Tyndall 1-6.

Eagles are preparing for the resumption of the Regional Four-Day season on May 18, where they face Barbados Pride in their third-round clash at the Queen’s Park Oval.

Eagles currently sit fourth on the points table with 21.4 points, still 20.6 points adrift of the unbeaten Pride, who lead the charts with 42 points.

The Guyanese franchise is coming off an innings and 57 runs defeat at the hands of Leeward Islands Hurricanes.

There is another practice match, a Four-Day contest, starting May 9 at Everest.

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