The Batsman’s Boycott the Bowler’s Holding

6th September 2014

Military Mediums – audio/visual highlights

Clips to the on-side

The media event of the week was the MCC’s Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, which was delivered this year by Sir Ian Botham. Click here to view his lecture, and the subsequent panel discussion featuring Sir Ian, Sunil Gavaskar, Matt Prior and Mark Nicholas. Botham voiced his misgivings about the IPL, and also spoke warmly of West Indies greats, Sir Viv Richards, Joel Garner and Andy Roberts.

Another former England cricketer speaking highly of former Caribbean opponents was Geoff Boycott. In an audio Q&A with the UK’s Daily Telegraph, he recalled his contests with Michael Holding, especially THAT over in 1981. Boycott also nominated the Kensington Oval as one of his 3 favourite grounds outside the UK.

Memories of Holding’s dismissal of Boycott at Bridgetown is good reason to see it once again. You can watch it here; and Geoffrey talks about facing Holding here, and here. For more footage of Boycott facing Holding, click here, here, and here. For a bit more pure Holding pace, click here, and here. The infamous stumps booting incident is here. The full majesty of his long run is here. Hilarity here. Frighteningly quick and hostile to Brian Close here. And of course we can’t not watch again his finest match performance, at the Oval in 1976. Finally, for a bit of balance, let’s watch him facing fast bowling.

I promoted Dennis Freedman’s interview with the Canadian Premier League’s Roy Singh yesterday, and here is a link to it again if you haven’t yet heard it. Singh was also interviewed by Barry Wilkinson in this week’s Line & Length, which also featured an unplugged session with Omari Banks.

Elsewhere, Usain Bolt spoke to ESPN Cricinfo, and didn’t rule out a future appearance in the IPL;  Alastair Cook spoke of Smile Group’s excellent organisation of pre-season tours of Barbados by English counties; South Africa’s Dale Steyn frightened the life out of young wicket-keeper, Quinton de Kock; and team-mate, Faf du Plessis revealed he wears 3 boxes.

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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