Four-day practice: Bramble, Singh standout in another uninspiring batting output

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Heading into Guyana Harpy Eagles’ final practice match at the National Stadium, Providence, on Monday, productive batting was a topical issue, and with 15 wickets falling on day one, it will certainly continue to be a worry.

Making the most of the opportunity were the experienced Anthony Bramble and Vishaul Singh, with both senior men hitting half-centuries.

At stumps, Bramble is unbeaten on 67 (10x4s; 1×6) from 90 balls while Antony Adams is yet to score in Leon Johnson’s XI 158-5 from 41.3 overs.

Bramble and Singh, who was run out for 50 (8x4s) from 98 balls, have given their side a 39-run lead over Tagenarine Chanderpaul XI’s who were bundled out for 119 in 39 overs.

Tevin Imlach (15), Chandrapaul Hemraj (6), Leon Johnson (4) and Akshaya Persaud (0) were the other dismissed batsmen for Johnson’s XI.

Ronsford Beaton, who was recalled to the team after a prolonged period of absence due to bowling action issues, has taken 2-20 while national pacer Nial Smith has 2-17.

Earlier, Tagenarine Chanderpaul top-scored for his side with 22 (4x4s) from 47 balls as once again, several men got starts but did not convert.

Kemol Savory (19), Kevlon Anderson (18), Kevin Sinclair (15) and Smith (12) were the other men to reach double figures.

Off-spinner Junior Sinclair continued his fine form in national practice matches with 4-44 from nine overs and pacer Demetri Cameron celebrated his maiden national call-up with 3-23 from 11 overs while Keemo Paul took 2-19 and Clinton Pestano had 1-10.

Newbie to the national squad, Demetri Cameron, impressed with the ball

The action resumes on Tuesday from 10:00h and this match serves as a vital preparation method before the Guyana Harpy Eagles return to Trinidad and Tobago for the remaining three rounds of the Regional Four-Day Championship from May 18.

Guyana Harpy Eagles squad: Leon Johnson (Captain), Keemo Paul (Vice-Captain), Chandrapaul Hemraj, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Tevin Imlach, Vishaul Singh, Akshaya Persaud, Anthony Bramble, Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie, Nial Smith, Demetri Cameron, Antony Adams, Kevin Sinclair and Ronsford Beaton.

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