11th 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:
“New Zealand won the 1st Test v India by 40 runs, with skipper, Brendon McCullum leading the way with 224 in NZ’s 1st innings of 503. But after bowling India out for 202, NZ collapsed themselves to 105 all out 2nd time around, leaving India needing 407 for victory. At 222-2, India were probably favourites, but NZ’s seamers took the last 8 Indian wickets for 144. The 2nd of the 2 Tests begins in Wellington at 6pm ECT on Thursday; &, Did You Know, Andrew if NZ win or draw they’ll go above West Indies to 7th in the ICC Test rankings, with WI dropping to 8th?
“The 2nd Test between Bangladesh & Sri Lanka ended in a high-scoring draw, with SL therefore winning the series 1-0. Did You Know, Andrew that Kumar Sangakkara managed a feat only once before achieved in the history of cricket? He followed up his 1st innings 319 with 105 in the 2nd innings. The only other man to ever score a triple hundred & a hundred in the same match was Graham Gooch, who hit 333 & 123 v India in the Lord’s Test of 1990. Gooch’s 456 runs in that game is still the most runs ever scored in a Test Match, while Sangakkara’s 424 against Bangladesh is the 3rd highest aggregate. The teams now play 2 T20s & 3 ODIs, beginning tomorrow.”
This week’s question: I said that Kumar Sangakkara had scored the 3rd highest aggregate in a Test recently, with 424 runs. Graham Gooch is top with 456, but who is 2nd with 426?
“The 1st Test of the 3-match series between South Africa & Australia begins in the early hours of tomorrow. The Australians go into the Test without any competitive match practice in SA, their only pre-Test 4-day game being abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain.
“In the Big Bash final in Australia, the Perth Scorchers beat the Hobart Hurricanes by 39 runs, with left-arm chinaman spinner, Brad Hogg being Man of the Match the day after his 43rd birthday. He took 2-17 in his 4 overs.
“The ICC U19 World Cup gets under way on Friday, & WI opening match is against SA. Also in their group are England, Zimbabwe, Canada & the UAE. The final is on March 1st.
“And Did You Know, Andrew that 2 Ugandan cricketers have disappeared in New Zealand? They haven’t been seen since the end of the ICC World Cup qualifiers, in which Uganda finished last, losing all 6 matches. It’s not clear if they are hoping to seek asylum, or have simply vanished.
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Today is the 77th birthday of Peter Lashley, who played 4 Test Matches in the 1960s, & scored just a fraction under 4,000 runs for Barbados in a career spanning 1957-1975.
“Tomorrow is the 50th birthday of Milton Small, who played 2 Tests in 1984, including the Lord’s Test v England, when he took 3-40, including the wickets of David Gower & England’s new Managing Director of Cricket, Paul Downton.
“Thursday is the 57th birthday of Thelston Payne, who played a solitary Test in 1986, & who scored 123, 107 & 107no for Barbados in 3 successive Shell Shield matches in 1983.
“Saturday is the 58th birthday of Desmond Haynes, who in 116 Tests scored almost 7 and a half thousand runs with 18 centuries. Did You Know, Andrew, Haynes is also one of only 7 men to be out Handled Ball in a Test Match? He was the 4th, in 1983 v India.
“Sunday will be the 60th birthday of the legendary Michael Holding, nominated by Curtly Ambrose on ‘Mason & Guests’ recently to open the bowling in an all-time WI team. He took 249 wickets in 60 Tests, with best match figures of 14-149 v England at the Oval in 1976.
“Sunday is also the anniversary of the birth of Trinidad’s Ellis Achong, whose left-arm wrist spin gave birth to the term ‘chinaman’ to describe the delivery, because of Achong’s Chinese heritage.
“And finally, Monday will be the 33rd birthday of Ryan Hinds, who played 15 Tests between 2002 & 2009. Ryan has been enjoying success of late in the UAE, where he recently scored 111no for Wings SRT v the Yogi Group.”
The answer to this week’s quiz question: Mark Taylor, who scored 334no & 92 for Australia v Pakistan at Peshawar in 1998.
The Mason & Guests show is broadcast live on Tuesday’s from 6.15-8pm ECT (10.15-midnight GMT) on Voice of Barbados 92.9fm and can be heard via numerous internet tune-in services.