2nd September 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:
“The big news this week was Zim bting Aus in an ODI in the tri-series in Harare. Zim chased down Aus’s 209 with 2 ovs to spare & won by 3 wkts, with Capt, Elton Chigumbura MoM for his 52no. Chigumbura is playing for Barbados Tridents in the upcoming CLT20. Before the game, Zim’s seamer, Tinashe Panyangara was dropped for ‘ill-discipline & disruptive behaviour’. His crime? Circulating among Zim’s batsmen a YouTube video montage of Mitchell Johnson bowling bouncers. Ironically, Johnson was rested anyway for the match. The last time Zim bt Aus in an ODI was in the 1983 World Cup, when their hero that day was current Ind coach, Duncan Fletcher who made 69no & took 4-42. Despite Aus’s loss, their victory today over SA will see them into Sat’s final. Aus’s Zim defeat, however, saw them drop from 1st to 4th in the ICC ODI rankings, with Ind returning to the top. WI remain in 8th place. And Darren Sammy fell out of the ODI all-rounder rankings, his place taken by Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi.”
This week’s question: Which WI player has the record for best bowling figs on debut in an ODI?
“Ind today went 3-0 up in their 4-match ODI series with Eng, thrashing them by 9 wkts. Eng’s woeful performances have seen renewed calls for Capt, Alastair Cook to resign, from among others, the recently retired Graeme Swann. Hearing the news of Swann’s criticism, Cook commented; ‘His remarks aren’t helpful – especially from a so-called friend.’ Perhaps Cook needs to remember that intl cricket is not ultimately about making friends, but winning?
“SL won the 3rd & final ODI v Pak to win the series 2-1. Pak, shot out for 102, lost by 7 wkts.
“The world’s oldest ever Test cricketer, Norman Gordon has died aged 103. The only Test player to literally reach a century, he was a fast bowler & played 5 Tests for SA v Eng in 1938/9, taking 20 wkts & avging 2 with the bat. He was the last man living to play Tests before WW2.
“Elsewhere, the Guyana government will unveil a huge portrait of Rohan Kanhai on Sep 11; Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography is published on Nov 6; & Usain Bolt has considered playing in the IPL after retiring from athletics. He said ‘it’d be proper fun… & a great experience.'”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Tomorrow will be Basil Butcher’s 81st birthday. Basil scored over 3000 runs in his 44 Tests between 1958-69, with 7 centuries & an avg of 43, including 209no v Eng in 1966. Basil also took 5 Test wkts, but Did You Know, Andrew that they were all taken in the same inngs? Against Eng at Port-of-Spain in 1968 he took 5-34 with his leg breaks, & oddly, with the bat made 7no & dnb because Capt Sobers declared in both inngs – & WI lost.
“Thur will be Lincoln Roberts’ 40th birthday. He played 1 Test v Aus in 1999, batted no. 3 & was c Warne b McGrath 0. He scored over 2000 runs in his 1st-class career including 220 for T&T v WI B in his last season. But, Did You Know, Andrew he was the 1st WI intl to be born in Tobago?
“Fri will be another 40th birthday – Raul Lewis, who appeared in 5 Tests spread over a decade from 1997-2008. He scored only 89 runs at 8.9 & took a mere 4 wkts at 114 runs apiece. Lewis was the 2nd Grenadan to play Test cricket, behind Junior Murray.
“Fri is the 36th birthday of Sylvester Joseph who played 5 Tests between 2004-07, but in 10 inngs he never passed 50, the 45 he made in his 1st inngs remaining his highest Test score.
“Fri is also the 60th birthday of Richard Austin. A talented all-rounder, Austin played 2 Tests v Aus in 1978 before joining Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket. He was banned after taking part in the rebel tour of SA in 1983, & has had mixed fortunes & challenges since. But, Did You Know, Andrew that Austin also played football for Jamaica?
“Sat will be the 30th birthday of Lionel Baker. He was the 1st intl from Montserrat & played 4 Tests in 2008/9 but took only 5 wkts at an avg of 79. In 10 ODIs he took 11 wkts at 32.27.
“And finally, Sun is the 38th birthday of Wavell Hinds. Wavell hit 165 in his 4th Test v Pak, whose attack included Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Mushtaq Ahmed & Saqlain Mushtaq. It was one of 5 tons he hit in 45 Tests between 2000-05, his 2,608 runs coming at an avg of 33. His HS was 213 v SA in 2005 when he added 284 for the 4th wkt with Shiv Chanderpaul. Wavell also played 119 ODIs & was a member of the victorious Champions Trophy winning team of 2004.”
The answer to this week’s quiz question: Fidel Edwards 6-22 v Zim in Nov 2003.
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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.