18th 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:
“Australia hammered South Africa in the opening Test of their 3-match tour, dishing out the same treatment to their hosts as they did repeatedly recently against England. Mitchell Johnson, who grew back his moustache for this series, bowled with alarming pace & took 12-127 in the match. Did You Know, Andrew he’s now taken 49 wickets in his last 6 Tests at 13.14 apiece? In the process he’s climbed to 7th on Australia’s all-time Test Match wicket taking list with 254, passing both Graham MacKenzie & Richie Benaud in this game. David Warner, who passed 2,000 Test runs in this match, scored his 3rd 100 for Australia in his last 6 Tests – all of which have been in the 2nd innings. Did You Know, Andrew that in that time he averages 29 in the 1st innings, & 95 in the 2nd? The 2nd Test begins at 4.30am ECT on Thursday.”
This week’s question: tonight we have on the show Clive Lloyd who played 110 Tests for the West Indies, and Curtly Ambrose who played 98. But who are the 3 men who stand between the 2 of them on the all-time WI Test Match appearance list, with 108, 102 & 99?
“Sri Lanka won the 1st ODI v Bangladesh by 13 runs, having also won both the 2 preceding T20 internationals. The teams contest 2 further ODIs on Thursday & Saturday.
“New Zealand staged a remarkable fightback to draw the 2nd match in their 2-Test series with India, to win the series 1-0. NZ were 246 behind on 1st innings, & 94-5 in the 2nd innings, when captain, Brendon McCullum & wicket-keeper, BJ Watling put on 352, the highest ever stand for the 6th wicket in Test Match history. Watling was eventually out for 124, but McCullum went on to record the first ever Test triple century by a New Zealander. In the series, McCullum had scores of 224, 1, 8 & 302. Did You Know, Andrew that India have now failed to win any of their last 14 overseas Tests, & have lost 10 of those? NZ’s series win takes them up to 7th in the ICC Test rankings, with West Indies dropping to 8th.
“West Indies have qualified for the QFs of the U19 World Cup in UAE. A defeat by SA was followed by wins over Zimbabwe & Canada. WI’s quarter-final will be on Sunday against either Bangladesh, Australia or Afghanistan. The Afghans provided the biggest upset of the tournament so far when they beat Australia by 36 runs yesterday.
“And finally, with places up for grabs in England’s Test team after their Ashes debacle, a 62-year-old grandmother in Durham has taken up the game for the 1st time. Struggling to recover from a knee injury, Marie Dalton didn’t enjoy the gym, so she went to nets instead. She said, “cricket is a sport for all ages, and good for anyone to ease themselves back into exercise as it’s quite gentle to start, but then you can build up your fitness and even join a team if you’re good enough. I’m looking forward to the summer when we can all go and play outside.” Well, she now has 4 months in which to get fit & stake her claim for England’s 1st Test v SL at Lord’s in June.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“28 years ago today, the current President of MCC, Mike Gatting had his nose rearranged by a Malcolm Marshall short ball in the 1st ODI between WI & England. Having hit Gatting flush in the face, the ball rolled onto the stumps to bowl him – despite having a piece of bone embedded in the seam. Marshall finished with 4-23, WI won by 6 wickets & Gatting was effectively out of the tour.
“Friday will be the 49th birthday of Keith Arthurton, who was only the 3rd Test cricketer from Nevis, & who scored 2 centuries in his 33 Tests, including 157no v Australia in Brisbane in 1992. Friday is also the 68th birthday of Desmond Lewis, who played in 3 Tests for WI in 1971 v India & averaged 86.33, but was nonetheless dropped at the end of the series.
“Saturday is the 31st birthday of Shane Shillingford, WI’s leading bowler in 2013; but sadly banned for a suspect action in 2014. He’d taken 51 wickets in his previous 9 Tests when his ICC suspension took effect recently.
“Finally, Sunday will be the 73rd birthday of Robin Bynoe, who played 4 Tests for WI between 1959 & 1967. He made his highest 1st-class score in his final season, 190 v T&T in 1972, & finished the season with 350 runs at an average of 70.”
The answer to this week’s quiz question: Gordon Greenidge (108), Carl Hooper (102) & Chris Gayle (99).
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.