Monthly Archives: January 2014

Ireland Aspire to England’s Standards

31st January 2014

When the Sawdust Settles – match reviews

Nagico Super50 Tournament – 2nd Match

Zone A: Guyana v Ireland, Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Guyana 301-3 beat Ireland 187 by 114 runs

Ireland have aspirations to become a Test-playing nation, a possibility that has a better chance of becoming a reality after the recent ICC upheavals – but if this performance is anything to go by, then they don’t deserve it. Continue reading

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Switching Channels to the Only Cricket Show

31st January 2014

The Mason & Guests Show

Tuning in and tuning out

The ICC’s coup was very much this week’s hot potato, and it hadn’t cooled down in the week since we’d last discussed the issues and implications with Curtly Ambrose.

Andrew opened the show by ruefully observing that, looking back on West Indies’ great days of supremacy, “we were strong on the field, but we were never strong in the boardroom.” Did he imply that this was a missed opportunity?

I wonder if the WICB had had a little more strategy and business sense in the mid-1980s, whether they (had they been in the same position as India finds itself now, as a colossus of cricket) would have been as strong-armed off the field as they were on it? Continue reading

Ex-leader Lambert Leads Jamaica to Opening Victory

30th January 2014

When the Sawdust Settles – match reviews

Nagico Super50 Tournament – 1st Match

Zone A: Jamaica v Windward Islands, Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Jamaica 282-5 beat Windward Islands 268-8 (Lesporis 100no) by 14 runs

The opening match of the Nagico Super50 tournament got off to a good start, with the defending champions going down to a Chris Gayle-less Jamaica by 14 runs.

At the competition’s launch, WICB CEO, Michael Muirhead had called upon the region’s batsmen to provide the Caribbean cricket watchers with a feast of runs; and a fluctuating, healthy, batting-led game was what we were treated to. Continue reading

Busted Busts and Day/Night on the Horizon

29th January 2014

Quick Singles – news round-up

Recent events in Caribbean Cricket & beyond.

Despite the ICC casting a cloud over the Caribbean, the cricket continues, and so does the cricket news.

Thursday will see the first game in the Nagico Super50 tournament, and all the 14-man squads were finalised and announced within the last seven days. You can find a run-down on all 8 squads here. TV coverage of the tournament will be carried throughout the region by ESPN, and ball-by-ball radio coverage via local radio stations and via the internet. Chris Gayle will not be appearing in the competition, having previously been reported to be on the comeback trail. Continue reading

The Cricket Coup Amendment – WICB Caves In

29th January 2014

Picking the Spin from the Rough – stuff well worth reading

A selection of items I’ve recently come across I think you might enjoy.

The opening session of a two-day gathering of the ICC proved enough. The session may have been fractious, and it may have lasted 6 hours, but it was decisive. It’s a maxim in Test cricket that you can’t win a contest in the first session, but that you can certainly lose it. And that’s precisely what the WICB has done with its limp, lame, tame declaration. Continue reading