Monthly Archives: February 2014

Richard Pybus on Couch Talk

27th February 2014

Military Mediums – audio/visual highlights

Clips to the on-side.

An interview that should be of very great interest to most Caribbean cricket watchers is Subash Jayaraman’s most recent discussion, with the WICB’s new Director of Cricket, Richard Pybus. Also newly available from the never-less-than illuminating Couch Talk conversations is Subash’s chat with Dinesh Kartik. Continue reading


The Best of Weekes for Barbados

27th February 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.

In the wake of Barbados’ triumph in the Nagico Super50 it was perhaps understandable that a few pen portraits were published in response. Worth a read, nonetheless are Harold Eastmond’s admiration of the excellent Sulieman Benn; and Ezra Stuart’s profile of Tino Best, who failed to be selected for any of Barbados’ matches in the tournament. Continue reading

Knights in White Flannels

26th February 2014

Quick Singles – news round-up

Recent events in Caribbean Cricket & beyond.

The big news in the Caribbean this week is the announcement of knighthoods for 3 of Antigua’s greatest cricketing sons: Andy Roberts, Richie Richardson and Curtly Ambrose. West Indies team manager, Richie Richardson expressed that he was “extremely honoured”. The ceremony is due to take place during the lunch interval of the 1st ODI v England on Friday. Continue reading

Fire in Harare

25th February 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:

“South Africa fought back to level their 3-Test series v Australia with a 231 run win. Centuries from AB de Villiers, JP Duminy & Hashim Amla were the platform for their win, & a 3-wicket burst in 5 overs from Dale Steyn sealed the victory. Duminy passed 1,000 Test runs in his hundred, while de Villiers passed 7,000 in his, & Did You Know, Andrew that he set a new world record when he scored a half-century or more for his 12th successive Test? In that period he has scored 1,390 runs at 77.22. 3 men had previously achieved the feat in 11 consecutive Tests: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag & Sir Vivian Richards. Did You Know, Andrew that in 19 innings between January 1976 & February 1977, Sir Viv scored: 30, 101, 50, 98, 142, 130, 20, 177, 23, 64, 232, 63, 4, 135, 66, 38, 291, 32 & 92? That’s 1,788 Test runs at 94.10. The 3rd & final Test between SA & Aus begins at 4.30am ECT on Saturday.” Continue reading

Keith Arthurton Citation

23rd February 2014

Wagging the Tail – lower order contributions

Last Wednesday, the morning after this week’s Mason & Guests show, I got a call from Steven Leslie, Manager of the CCC. We’d both been on the show the previous evening:

DO: “I recognise that voice! What can I do for you, Steven?”

SL: “Hi, David. I heard you do that brief piece last night marking Keith Arthurton’s birthday. We’re making a presentation for him on Sunday. Can we use that piece as a citation?”

DO: “Of course you may. But it was very brief. Would you like me to flesh it out for you? When do you need it for?”

SL: “Yes please! If you don’t mind. Ideally we need it for tomorrow when we leave for Antigua.”

DO: “I’ll get it to you today.”

And here it is: Continue reading