1st September 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.
Only a small handful of items to catch up on of late: Rustom Deboo in his Cricket Cauldron blog recalls Fidel Edwards’ record-breaking ODI debut; Roland Toppin at Topp!Cricket profiles Kenneth Weekes; and Cricket lists a dozen of the tallest Test cricketers, including Joel Garner, Curtly Ambrose, Sulieman Benn and Courtney Walsh.
It was 46 years ago this week that Sir Garfield Sobers smited his famous half-dozen fence-clearers in Swansea, and here’s an excellent look back at that over by Martin Williamson. And in the week following the death of umpire, Douglas Sang Hue here’s an amusing portrait of a far less competent official.
And finally, with dissatisfaction widespread at the seemingly random ICC Team & Player placings, James Marsh has submitted his inaugural National Cricket Board rankings table – and West Indies still languishes among the ladder’s bottom rungs. I challenged James about this, pointing out that the WICB had sacked their coach on the eve of the Tests, changed their selectors in the middle of the tour by Bangladesh, and had changed the venues for the Tests for England’s 2015 tour because George Dobell wasn’t satisfied. Admittedly, the CPL final fiasco was not of their making, but was worthy of note, and that the ‘West Indies first’ policy had been completely disregarded at the second time of asking. James replied: “Points noted. Others also suggested I’ve been a bit easy on the WICB. (But) I’ve only got so much puerile bile to go round, you know.”
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.