Gonsalves, Adams, Parbattie hit 50s as SECD clinic concludes
Opener Mark Gonsalves and middle order batsmen Acquacy Adams and Raj Parbattie slammed half centuries as the South Essequibo Cricket Development Committee Coaching Clinic ended with a one-day two innings match between Gonsalves X1 and Javed Azeez X1 at the Zorg Cricket Ground on the Essequibo Coast.
Watched by a fair sized crowd, Gonsalves X1 won the toss and elected to bat on a track suitable for batting. Gonsalves and fellow opener Keyon Davis ensured that Azeez X1 did not pick up a single wicket in their first innings which lasted for 20 overs.
Gonsalves timed the ball sweetly striking five fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 67 while Davis ended on 40.
Gonsalves who batted for 65 minutes and faced 70 deliveries reached his fifty with a boundary through extra cover. Davis hit four fours and one six as their team scored 185. Azeez X1in their reply ended on 139-8 when their 20 overs ran out.
Acquacy Adams led the scoring with a fine 52, while Joshua Paul made 36. The pair came together after Azeez X1 lost two early wickets and featured in an enterprising 3rd wicket partnership of 68 before they were both removed in quick succession by Gonsalves who ended with 2-12 off 4 overs.
Adams hit six fours and Paul three; Davis also claimed 2-29 for Gonsalves X1. Batting a second time Gonsalves X1 were 141-2 off 28 overs when the umpires decided to call off play; the game ending in a draw.
Raj Parbattie stroked an unbeaten 70 (8×4), while Gonsalves continued his fine form with 49 (6×4) not out. Randy Rooplall took both wickets to fall.
Meanwhile, Coach Forbes Daniels told Kaieteur Sport that he was pleased with the turn out at the Coaching Clinic. He said the youngsters showed the willingness to learn and thanked their parents for their support.
During the Under-19 clinic the youngsters were thought about the key points of batting, bowling, fielding and wicketkeeping as well as game sense, how to play spin bowling and building partnerships (batting).
They were also exposed to lectures on topics which included HIV\Aids, Discipline, Importance of Education, Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle.
Daniels also said he wants to organise a tour to the East Coast of Demerara as a reward for the players.