FOUR-DAY: Resolute Nandu leads Harpy Eagles to 205-5
SUMMARY: Guyana Harpy Eagles 205-5 from 76.4 overs (Matthew Nandu 70*, Kevin Sinclair 28*, Leon Johnson 26, Kemol Savory 25, Antony Bramble, Kevin Sinclair; Akeem Jordan 2-34, Chaim Holder 2-36, Jair McAllister 1-20 )
Matthew Nandu made a solid start to his First-Class career by ending day one of the Regional Four-Day match against Barbados Pride at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua on 70 not out.
The 19-year-old has been the pillar of stability and the main reason the Guyana Harpy Eagles reached 205-5 from 76.4 overs at stumps.
Kevin Sinclair is at the other end on 28*.
Throughout the day, Nandu showed the temperament required to succeed at this level.
Albeit offering some chances, the young man eased his way to 50 from 124 balls, striking seven fours in reaching the landmark.
Having closed the day on 70* from 219 balls with nine fours, the left-hander would eye a ton on Friday.
If he does get to the landmark, he would become the first Guyanese since fellow opener Sudesh Dhaniram to score a First-Class hundred on debut.
Dhaniram did so against Barbados in the Shell Shield Competition at Georgetown Cricket Club ground, Bourda, in 1987.
As has been the case in the practice matches, Harpy Eagles’ batsmen have not converted after grinding it out at the start.
Captain Leon Johnson (26), debutant Kemol Savory (25), and Anthony Bramble (20) got starts while Chandrapaul Hemraj (11) and Tevin Imlach, without a score, were the other men dismissed cheaply.
Off-spinner Chaim Holder has led the way thus far with 2-36 from 25 overs while Akeem Jordan has 2-34 from 16 overs.
Earlier, Harpy Eagles also handed a debut to pacer Shamar Jospeh.
Summarised scores of the other two matches:
At Coolidge Cricket ground: Leeward Hurricanes v Jamaica Scorpions
Leeward Hurricanes 163-6 from 90 overs (Jahmar Hamilton 40, Montcin Hodge 37, Rahkeem Cornwall 29*, Jeremiah Louis 17*; Abhijai Mansingh 2-27, Marquino Mindley 1-11, Jamie Merchant 1-23)
At Grenada National Stadium: Windward Volcanoes v Trinidad and Tobago Red Force
Windward Volcanoes 243 all out from 63.1 overs (Tevyn Walcott 87*, Sunil Ambris 55, Alick Athanaze 41, Ryan John 36; Bryan Charles 4-46, Terrance Hinds 4-72) & 60-0 from 16 overs (Kimani Melius 39*, Jerlani Robinson 19*) trail Trinidad and Tobago Red Force 315 all out from 92.1 overs (Amir Jangoo 86, Tion Webster 79, Hinds 52, Darren Bravo 38, Jeremy Solozano 34; Ryan John 5-18, Darius Martin 2-80) by 12 runs