28th January 2014
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:
“New Zealand have won the 5-match ODI series v India with still one match to play. Did You Know, Andrew that they won the 2nd game last Wednesday, despite scoring 271 in 42 overs, against India’s 277 in 41.3 overs, thanks to the alchemy that is the Duckworth/Lewis Method? In the 3rd ODI, India successfully matched NZ’s total of 314 to produce only the 32nd tie in 3,463 one-day internationals. And then overnight NZ have won the 4th ODI by 7 wickets, with Ross Taylor scoring an undefeated century. The final game of the series begins on Thursday evening at 9pm ECT, which will be followed by 2 Test Matches.
“The 1st of 2 Tests between Bangladesh & Sri Lanka is underway, and after 2 days SL are well on top, being 375-5 in their 1st innings in reply to Bangladesh’s 232. The 2nd Test starts next Tuesday, and will be followed by 2 T20s & 3 ODIs.
“Perhaps the biggest surprise of the week is that England won a match! They won the 4th ODI v Australia by 57 runs; but returned to losing ways in the next by going down by 5 runs in Adelaide. Australia won the series 4-1, and thanks to their victory and India’s defeat in NZ, they have returned to the top of the ICC’s ODI rankings. The 1st of 3 T20s will take place tomorrow, starting 4.35am ECT. Captain, Alastair Cook has now gone home, but not before rescinding his comments suggesting he may stand down as England’s ODI skipper; although he did confirm he won’t be out here in the Caribbean in February and March as part of England’s party for the 3 ODIs & 3 T20s v West Indies.
“Staying in Australia, the Big Bash League has reached the semi-final stage. The Melbourne Stars, who’ve won all 8 of their games, will play the Hobert Hurricanes a week today, and the Sydney Sixers will play the Perth Scorchers the following night. The final is on February 7th.
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Did You Know, Andrew that 65 years ago today Everton Weekes fell 10 runs short of scoring his 6th successive Test century in as many innings, when he was controversially adjudged run out for 90 in Madras?”
This week’s question: I mentioned Sir Everton Weekes record-breaking run-scoring sequence. He followed his 90 with a score of 56, making 7 successive scores above 50. Two men have matched that feat subsequently. One is Zimbabwean, the other West Indian. Who are they?
“16 years ago tomorrow was one of the shortest Tests in history, when the Jamaica Test Match was abandoned after just over an hour with England 17-3, and the England physio having come onto the pitch on no less than 6 occasions in that time.
“Tomorrow is also the birthday of one of the true greats: Anderson Montgomery Everton Roberts will be 63. Last week on this show, Curtly Ambrose nominated Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding to open the bowling in his all-time West Indies team. But I’m sure Holding himself would nominate Andy Roberts, whom he always regarded as ‘the daddy’ of the great WI fast bowling attack.
“And tomorrow is also the anniversary of the birth of Barbados’ Teddy Hoad, who played 4 Tests for the WI, and was their 1st Test captain on home soil, at the Kensington Oval in January 1930.
“Thursday is 21 years to the day since Curtly Ambrose’s awesome spell of 7 wickets for 1 run on a bouncy Perth pitch. WI won by an innings; Australia’s captain, Allan Border bagged his only ever pair; and the Australians sacked the WACA groundsman.
“Friday will be the 60th birthday of Faoud Bacchus, who scored 250 v India at Kanpur in February 1979, but lost form and finished with a Test average of only 26. Did You Know, Andrew that he later played international cricket for the USA?
“Friday will also be 38 years to the day that Lance Gibbs, who appeared on this programme just before Christmas, went past Fred Trueman as the world’s highest Test Match wicket taking bowler, when he dismissed Australia’s Ian Redpath in what was Gibbs’ final match.
“Saturday will be the 42nd birthday of Franklyn Rose, who took 6-100 in his 1st Test innings v India in 1997, but never quite lived up to his early promise, and took only another 47 wickets in his subsequent 18 Tests at 30 runs apiece.
“And finally, Monday will be the 40th anniversary of one of the oddest non-dismissals in Test history. When Bernard Julien played the last ball of the day calmly to England’s silly mid-off, Tony Greig he and non-striker, Alvin Kallicharran strolled off the pitch. But Greig turned and threw down Kallicharran’s stumps once he’d left his ground, and with the ball not technically dead he was given run out, for 142. The outrage was such that England withdrew their appeal overnight and Kallicharran was reinstated. The following morning he added only a further 16.
The answer to this week’s quiz question: Andy Flower & Shiv Chanderpaul.
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