31st August 2014
Military Mediums – audio/visual highlights
Clips to the on-side.
46 years ago the ultimate feat of batting productivity from an over was first achieved, appropriately by the most complete cricketer yet born, Sir Garfield Sobers. Thankfully, BBC Wales cameras were there that afternoon in Swansea, and managed to capture the moment for posterity. Former Glamorgan captain, Wilf Wooler supplied the commentary, and you can relieve the six balls here. A few years ago, Sir Garfield was joined by the unfortunate bowler, Malcolm Nash to reflect upon the achievement. Sir Garry was modest about the feat, and pointed out the vital contribution of Nash: “I couldn’t have done it without him!” Continue reading
28th August 2014
Patrolling the Boundary – a view from the outfield
On Tuesday night on the ‘Mason & Guests’ show (the weekly Caribbean cricket talk show), a caller rang in demanding the removal of Shiv Chanderpaul from the West Indies Test team. Shiv turned 40 earlier this month:
“We are going nowhere with old men like Chanderpaul – we must blood new players!”
While I sympathise with the perception that old, dead wood often blocks the progress of rising saplings, we are talking here about a great oak that is still flourishing. His fruit may only be acorns which provide West Indies with a subsistent form of sustenance in these famished times for Caribbean cricket, but it is still the most dependable form of nutrition the team gets – and there are so many hungry mouths to feed. While frustrated West Indian supporters pine for a return of the days of all-conquering XIs, many pour scorn upon Chanderpaul’s offerings as mere ‘conkers’. Continue reading
27th August 2014
The Mason & Guests Show
Intolerant of tolerance
Back in the director’s chair, Andrew being in St Kitts. We hoped to catch up with him over the phone, but couldn’t track him down. In the studio my guests were Dr Andrew Forde and Graeme West, Head Coach of the High Performance Centre.
DO: “A good week for the West Indies. A bad week if you’re a Bangladeshi supporter. I suppose the only thing worse is if you’re a Man United supporter this evening.”
I opened by asking Dr Forde if West Indies’ 3-0 win reflected the gulf between the two sides: Continue reading
26th August 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:
“SL today won the 2nd ODI v Pak, having lost the 1st, to level the 3-match series at 1-1. The decider is on Sat.
“SA won the 3rd ODI v Zim to take the series 3-0. The 2 sides are now playing a triangular series also featuring Aus. Aus won the opening match v Zim by 198 runs, & they now face SA tomorrow. The final of the tournament is on Sep 6.
“The 1st of 5 ODIs between Eng & Ind was washed out yesterday without a ball bowled. The 2nd game is tomorrow.
“Staying in Eng, last Sat saw the final of the Nat West T20 Blast, with Andrew Flintoff returning to the big time, playing for Lancs 5 yrs to the day since his last appearance for Eng v Aus in 2009. Freddie got Ian Bell out with the 1st ball he bowled, & with 30 needed to win from 2 ovs he hit 20 from 8 balls including successive 6s to take Lancs close – but it wasn’t quite enough as W’wicks won by 4 runs. Continue reading
25th August 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.
A few articles of a Caribbean flavour have appeared recently which are a rewarding read: a nice feature from All Out Cricket on the great bowling pair of Roberts & Holding; an appreciation from The Guardian of some of cricket’s finest fielders, beginning with Learie Constantine; Arunabha Sengupta lists ’12 little-known facts about Garry Sobers’; an assessment of West Indies’ latest Test playing 40-year old, Shiv Chanderpaul by Mike King; a glowing pen-picture of Chris Gayle by Roger Sawh; a less-flattering portrait of him by Oliver Brown; recollections of Bermuda’s Dwayne Leverock by Abhishek Mukherjee; and the story of how Gary Lineker and Roland Butcher beat Germany.
David Oram is the resident ‘statto’, and sometime presenter of ‘Mason & Guests’ – Voice of Barbados’ weekly cricket talk show, the leading cricket radio show in the West Indies – hosted by the Caribbean’s principal radio commentator, Andrew Mason. You can tweet me at DavidOram@colblimp1983.