Monthly Archives: December 2013

A Failed Test of Character

23rd December 2013

When the Sawdust Settles – match reviews

3rd Test Match: New Zealand v West Indies at Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand

New Zealand 349 (Taylor 131, Narine 6-91) & 124-2 beat West Indies 367 (Chanderpaul 122no, Ramdin 107) & 103 by 8 wickets

Back in October, when West Indies confirmed the timing of their ad hoc ‘Tendulkar tour’ in the Asian sub-continent, immediately ahead of their visit down under, I emailed the following to Roland:

“The success of the tour of India will be measured by the quality of cricket WI play, not the result. The opposite is true when they go to New Zealand.” He didn’t disagree.

After taking a basting in India and getting a stuffing in New Zealand the turkeys have now flown home for Christmas. When the WICB, selectors and coaching staff all sit down to reflect on 2013 and make their New Year resolutions, how many chickens and truths will come home to roost? Continue reading

It Never Rains But it Pelts

19th December 2013

Patrolling the Boundary  – a view from the outfield

Shillingford’s Ban

The rain may have come to deliver West Indies from defeat in the first Test against New Zealand, but the clouds circling the West Indian team included one that has specifically hovered over Shane Shillingford’s shoulder for some considerable time.

That cloud burst at the conclusion of the second Test Match in Wellington when the ICC’s biomechanical experts firmly stuck the boot in.

Shillingford (along with batsman team-mate, Marlon Samuels) was reported for a suspect action after the Dunedin game, and analysed by the boffins at the University of Western Australia. The results may well mark Perth as the graveyard of Shillingford’s career, a fortnight before being the site of the much-vaunted England team’s slaughter and cremation. Continue reading

Driving in the Dark

18th December 2013

The Mason & Guests Show           

“The only cricket show in the Caribbean”

It’s been a tough week to be a sports follower. Or should I say it’s been a tough week to be THIS sports follower? I implied as much to Andrew when he introduced me on last night’s show:

AM: “How are you, David?”

DO: “I’ve been better, Andrew”

AM: “Why so?”

DO: “England. West Indies. Tottenham. They say disaster always comes in threes.”

In England’s case 3-0 and the Ashes gone. In West Indies’ case a third innings defeat in four Tests, and maybe Sammy soon gone. For Spurs it was 5-0 and AVB gone. All the above teams must dig deep in prospect of some gold, or need to look deep into Santa’s sack for a little star dust. Continue reading

Retired Mike Hussey Still Good Enough for the ICC’s World Team

17th December 2013

Around the World in 2 – a few occasional off-breaks

Each week for Mason & Guests I compile and broadcast a brief summary of cricket events outside the Caribbean, with a few “Did You Know, Andrew?” facts thrown in. Here’s this week’s round-up:

“The 3rd ODI between South Africa and India was abandoned as a draw due to rain – but not before Quinton de Kock scored his third century of the series. Did You Know, Andrew de Kock is only the 5th man to score 3 successive ODI hundreds, the others being Zaheer Abbas, Saeed Anwar, Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers? SA won the ODI series 2-0, and the 1st of 2 Tests begins tomorrow in Johannesburg.” Continue reading

Re-opening the Stable Doors

13th December 2013

When the Sawdust Settles – match reviews

2nd Test Match: New Zealand v West Indies at Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand 441 (Taylor 129) beat West Indies 193 (Boult 6-40) & 175 by an innings and 73 runs

Friday the 13th December 2013 proved itself rather an inauspicious day for West Indian cricket. A day on which they shamefacedly bowed their heads beneath a ladder and fell headlong – the rungs of which may soon see New Zealand above them in the Test rankings. After the act of God which aided and abetted their exit from Dunedin with honours even, if not honour entirely intact, they were struck down with avengeance at Wellington.

Trent Boult thundered in and hit them mortally, with a lightning quick 10-80 in the match. He is not fast, but his retribution was swift, and his seductive left-arm over bowling swung the series firmly in the hosts’ favour. Continue reading