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South East in massive win
South East Zonal Council defeated South West by a huge 210 runs as matches in the Shell Interzone cricket series continued on Thursday.
Khaleem Mohammed spanked 70 well earned runs and Aroon Gopiechansingh wacked 58, as South East scored a healthy 241/9 off its 50 overs. Calvin Loubon with 3/45 and Rekel Ramgosine 2/15 were the pick of the bowlers for South West. In reply South West was bundled out for 31, as none of its batsmen got into double figures. Liam Dooran took 2/8 and Nickyle Jalim 2/4.
At the National Cricket Centre, defending champions South was defeated by North. Batting first South scored 103 all out with Imzan Ramjattan batting down the order getting 15. Bowling for North, Sachin Emrit grabbed 2/14, J Davis 3/17 and A Juman 2/22.
North chasing a small score was under the gun in the early exchanges, losing an early wicket to skipper Liam Mamchan and further strikes by Jacen Agard (two) and Kendal Poochoon as South reduced them to 32 for four. However, Emrit came good and scored an unbeaten 32 and together with A Samaroo who got 19 not out helped their team overhaul the small target.
The clash between Central and East was postponed to next week.
SHELL INTERZONE U-15 SCORES
At NCC: South 103 all out (Imzan Ramjattan 15, J Davis 3/17, Sachin Emrit 2/14, A Juman 2/22) vs North 105/4 (Sachin Emrit 36 not out, A Samaroo 19 not out, Jacen Agard 2/19) - North won by 6 wkts.
At James Park: South East 241/9 (50) (Khaleem Mohammed 70, Aroon Gopiechansingh 58, Calvin Loubon 3/45, Rekel Ramgosine 2/15) vs South West 31 all out (Liam Dookran 2/8, Nickyle Jalim 2/4) - South East won by 210 runs.
Vasu taking coaching to a new level
National players from all age groups have been visiting the ‘Cricket Doctor’ Kumar Rampat for corrective work in California, Central Trinidad.
Rampat the celebrated Cricket West Indies (CWI) Territorial Development officer has been on the lips of national players for the work he has being doing with and for them over the years. He has helped many improved their game in both batting and bowling.
However, there is a force behind the old master that is now coming forward in the form of his son Krishan Vasu Rampat and together they are making waves on the domestic coaching scene.
Their cricket academy, the KRCA at California in Couva is always a hive of activity as cricketers from the age of five and upwards, even the veterans, are visiting the academy to improve their individual skills. Kumar, on discovering that his second son had an affinity for coaching began including him on his sojourns across the country. Back in 2003/04), Kumar, an old-timer of sorts, was now coming to terms with the availability of technology to improve his coaching methods.
However, at 13 the younger Rampat, Vasu had already understood and acquired the technical know-how on multi-media projectors and digital cameras, so in a sense, both father and son were assisting each other - one adapting to the technology and the other imbibing extensive coaching knowledge.
At 26, Vasu can inevitably claim more than ten years coaching knowledge and experience, and after completing his WICB Level Two coaching certification at age 20, and his Cricket Australia (CA) Level Three, a year later, he became the youngest person in the region to acquire that level of certification.
In 2012 Vasu completed his BSc degree at the University of T&T (UTT) with Magna cum Laude honours. So by August/September the same year he was ready for new challenges and where better to start his exploration but at K Rampat Cricket Academy.
He then took to coaching like duck to water. With his pleasant and serene disposition he easy adapted. He started the Academy with four players in August and a month later it increased to almost a dozen and by December he had an enrolment of almost 25 players.
Within the first year, Vasu had introduced video-analysis and for the first time young players were able to see themselves in motion and that allowed them to understand and see their faults oand how their skills were progressing. His analyses were spot-on and his remediation measures also. These were a mix of traditional methods and poignant creativity. The Academy under his watch started to grow and take on new proportions.
In 2015, Vasu, KRCA head-coach was appointed coach of the Suriname National Team which took part in an ICC Division 11 Tournament in Essex, England where the team won the tournament. However, this tournament was subsequently marred by unfortunate circumstances arising out of the eligibility of players.
Additionally, this year Vasu was asked to coach the UTT Championship team when regular coach, Tony Gray was asked to pick-up a CWI assignment in Barbados and had to be out of the country for an extended durations.
Another golden opportunity came his way when he was asked to present the Cricket Module to students in the University’s BSc Sports Programme. Reports are that he has done so with distinction. The Young Rampat has also just completed a Master’s Degree (MSc) at UTT specializing in Education Technology. This course allowed him to study and conduct research in learning-teaching theories and practices and provided opportunities on how to combine these with the latest technologies available for instructional purposes. The knowledge and skills gained and the research methods developed over the years of study will now provide him the tools to move the KRCA fully into the twenty-first century.
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