‘My goodness, it’s gone way down to Swansea!’

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 achievementSir Garry was modest about the feat, and pointed out the vital contribution of Nash: “I couldn’t have done it without him!”

While we’re looking back at Sir Garry, here are a few more clips well worth watching again: footage of his fabulous 254 v Australia for the RoW in 1972; memories of that innings from Dennis Lillee, Ian Chappell and Sir Garry himself; highlights of his final Test century v England in 1973; and action of him bowling in the same series.

In the anniversary week of Sobers’ six-hitting prowess, it was fitting that Mitchell Johnson launched this monster blow towards the commentary box v Zimbabwe a few days ago. Another Mitchell Johnson video was responsible for the suspension of Tinashe Panyangara from the Zimbabwe team. He shared this video montage of Johnson’s bouncer barrage against England, and was expelled for ill-discipline and disruptive behaviour. Talking of monster blows, witness this one taken by Keegan Meth off his own bowling for Zimbabwe v Bangladesh; and here’s Michael Klinger having his arm broken playing for Gloucestershire v Derbyshire. Another piece of recent action well worth seeing is this catch conjured by Chamara Silva for Sri Lanka v Pakistan (it’s the 3rd to fall in the sequence).

Elsewhere, the latest Couch Talk interview by Subash is with England’s Derek Pringle, and includes his reply to a question submitted by me! Subash and Kathleen have now moved onto Ireland in their World Cricket Tour, but before leaving the UK they gave a couple of interviews with BBC radio shows. And talking of the BBC, here is a link to this week’s TV panel quiz show, ‘A Question of Sport’, which featured West Indies’ Kieron Pollard.

David Oram

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.

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