The Devil is in the Details

23rd 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:

“England completed a thumping 3-1 victory over India, with a huge innings & 244 run win at The Oval. Chris Jordan took 7-50 in the match, but Did You Know, Andrew that Joe Root’s 149no was more than India made in either innings? India’s last 4 totals have been 152, 161, 148 & 94. And Did You Know, Andrew in each of those innings India have been a diabolical 66-6 at one stage? Those are beastly numbers indeed. In the ICC Test rankings, England move up from 5th to 3rd, while India drop a place to 5th.

“Meanwhile, Pakistan have gone from 3rd to 6th, & Sri Lanka up from 6th to 4th after they won the 2nd and final Test v Pakistan, taking the series 2-0. Herath took 9-127 & 5-57, passing 250 Test wickets, to spin Sri Lanka to victory. He’s also leapt up to 3rd in the Test bowling rankings. Mahela Jayawardene scored his 50th Test fifty in his final innings, to end with 11,814 runs at 49.84 with 34 centuries.

“South Africa have comfortably won the first two ODIs v Zim. Hashim Amla scored 122no in the 1st; while in the 2nd, Quinton de Kock became the equal fastest to 1000 ODI runs. He emulated Sir Viv Richards & Jonathan Trott achieving the milestone in 21 innings.”

This week’s question: Sir Garfield Sobers’ last Test hundred was at Lord’s in 1973. But who else scored his last Test century for WI in that match; & who scored his 1st?

A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:

“Today is Sheldon Cottrell’s 25th birthday. Sheldon made his Test debut in India last November, & has also played 2 T20 internationals. In the recent CPL he was easily the Hawksbills’ leading bowler.

“Tomorrow is the 58th birthday of Alvin Greenidge, who played 6 Tests in 1978/9, but managed only two 50s & an average of 22. But he did make 1455 1st-class runs for Barbados at 42.79 with 4 100s.

“Now, Did You Know, Andrew that tomorrow is 114 years since the only cricket match played at the Olympics? In the Paris games of 1900, Great Britain beat France by 158 runs. Needing 185 to win Gold, the French were all out for just 26.

“Thursday is the 44th birthday of Keith Semple, who played 7 ODIs for WI v South Africa in 1999. But unfortunately South Africa won the series 6-1, Semple averaged 10 with the bat & 40 with the ball – & didn’t play international cricket again.

“Friday is the anniversary of the 1923 birth of Kenneth Rickards, who made 67 in his 1st Test v England in 1948 – but wasn’t picked for his 2nd & last Test until 1952, when he made 15 & 22.

“And finally, Sunday is 41 years since Sir Garfield Sobers’ last Test century, v England at Lord’s in 1973. He was 31no at the close of the 1st day, & apparently went out that night with Clive Lloyd & ended up in a nightclub with Reg Scarlet (whose 80th birthday we noted on last week’s show). Well, they drank & danced till 4 in the morning, when Sir Gary confessed to Reg – ‘I’ve so much liquor in my head that if I go home to the hotel & go to bed, I’m not going to wake up.’ So, obviously they went on for some more drinks. Then, he basically showered, padded up, & walked out to bat. When he got to 132 he briefly retired to go to the toilet & have a tonic – 2 glasses of port & brandy, & resumed his innings. When WI declared at 652-8, he was 150no.

“After that anything else would be an anti-climax, but the next day the Test had to be halted & Lord’s evacuated because of a bomb scare. Thankfully, it was a false alarm.”

The answer to this week’s question: Rohan Kanhai made 157 & Bernard Julien made 121.

The Mason & Guests show is broadcast live every Tuesday from 6.15-8pm ECT (10.15pm-midnight GMT)  on Voice of Barbados 92.9fm, and can be heard by clicking on ‘LISTEN LIVE’ on the website page via the link provided, or via numerous internet tune-in services.

David Oram

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