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.
“And finally, last week Ushaw Moor’s 2nd XI were a man short playing Shildon Railway, so skipper, Darren Gill dragged his wife, Deborah out to play. Staring defeat in the face, she strode to the wkt still 4 short of Shildon’s total, but with only 1 ball left in the over to face. She calmly tapped a single to keep the strike, then next over slammed a boundary to win the match. Darren was only moderately pleased: ‘To be honest, this is probably the only time she’s going to get picked,’ he said. ‘I can’t have her score more runs than me – I have to go home with her!'”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Today is Tino Best’s 33rd birthday. Tino took 57 wkts in 25 Tests between 2003-13, with best figs of 6-40 & incredibly, a HS of 95 batting at no. 11 v Eng in 2012. For Barbados, Tino has taken 200 1st-class wkts in 61 matches.”
This week’s question: Tino Best’s highest Test score is 95. But what is his 2nd highest Test score?
“Today is the 84th birthday of Joe Solomon. In 27 Tests he hit 1,326 runs at 34 with 1 century. But Did You Know, it was Joe at square leg who threw down the wkt with 1 stump to aim at as the last 2 batsmen tried to scramble the winning run in the last over of the famous tied Test v Aus at Brisbane in 1960?
“Wed is the 68th birthday of Tony Howard, who played a single Test for WI, amazingly selected ahead of Guyana’s Lance Gibbs for the Georgetown Test v NZ in 1972. Tony worked hard for figs of 62-16-140-2 as NZ made 543-3 dec in the drawn Test. Tony went on to manage Barbados & the WI, & was in charge when WI won the Champions Trophy in 2004.
“Sun will be 46 yrs since Sir Garfield Sobers, playing for Notts hit Glam’s Malcolm Nash for 6 6s in one over. He hit 2 6s over long off, 2 over long on, & 2 were pulled over mid wkt – the last 6 being hit out of the ground & was returned the next day by a schoolboy who said he’d found it a mile down the road – & it was still rolling. Sir Garfield was modest about the feat, pointing out the important contribution of Nash, saying ‘without Malcolm, I couldn’t have done it.’
“And finally, Sun will be the 70th birthday of Clive Lloyd. The new Convenor of selectors was the 1st man to play 100 Tests for WI, & capt them in 74 of his 110 Tests, winning 36 & losing 12. He scored over 7,500 Test runs, with 19 100s at an avg of 46.67 in an intl career which was in its 20th yr when he retired in 1985. Clive capt WI to victory in the 1st 2 World Cup Finals of 1975 & 1979, & was MoM for his 100 in the ’75 final, but, Did You Know he was also the Match Referee for the 1996 Final? Let’s hope as the new head of the WI selection panel he can achieve half as much success as he did as a player & leader.”
The answer to this week’s quiz question: 27 v SL at Colombo in 2005.
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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.