9th 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:
“SA bt Aus in the tri-series final in Zim. MoM, Dale Steyn took 4-54 in Aus’s 217-9, with Aaron Finch making 54. (Finch, incidentally, dropped to no. 2 in the ICC T20 batting rankings behind Virat Kohli, & was also apptd Aus’s T20 Capt this week when George Bailey stood down to concentrate on 1st-class cricket). SA were steered to victory by Faf du Plessis with 96 & AB de Villiers with 57no. de Villiers went to the top of the ODI batting rankings, while Man-of-Series, Du Plessis revealed he wears 3 boxes for extra batting protection – because he has an unusual propensity for being hit ‘amidships’.
“Eng won the final ODI v Ind, losing the series 3-1, & then won the sole T20 by 3 runs, with Capt, Eoin Morgan smiting 71 off 31 balls. Ind’s defeat knocked them off the top of ICC’s T20 rankings, with SL taking over. Ind’s successive defeats came after they were seen eating take-away McDonald’s & Nando’s at nets. Clearly fast food & quick cricket are a bad mix. Victory for Eng was overshadowed by the unsavoury booing of Moeen Ali by members of the Edgbaston crowd.
“Ire bt Scot by 7 wkts in Dublin in the 1st of 3 ODIs, Red Steel’s Kevin O’Brien making a match-winning 56no.
“Pak’s Saeed Ajmal has been suspended from intl cricket for having an illegal bowling action. The Pakistan Cricket Board hasn’t yet said if it’ll appeal. Meanwhile, Ahmed Shehzad may face PCB disciplinary action for making religious comments to SL’s Tillakaratne Dilshan in a recent ODI. Footage showed Shehzad telling Dilshan: ‘If you are a non-Muslim & turn Muslim, no matter whatever you do in your life – straight to Heaven.’ Dilshan appeared to demur, when Shehzad added: ‘Then be ready for the fire.’
“Elsewhere, 83-year-old Richie Benaud, who’s been suffering from ill-health, may commentate on Aus matches from his own living room. Channel 9’s boss, David Gyngell said: ‘If he’s not up to calling it from the ground, I’d like him to call it from home. He’d be the ultimate armchair caller from the couch’; Ian Botham used his MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture to suggest that the IPL compounds corruption & shouldn’t exist; & Usain Bolt hit the last ball for 6 to win an exhibition match against Yuvraj Singh’s team in Bangalore. Yuvraj had his revenge, though – he outpaced Bolt in their 100m race.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“55 yrs ago today, Collie Smith died from injuries sustained in a car crash in Eng. He was only 26, but he’d already hit 4 centuries & taken 48 wkts in 26 Tests. We’ll never know how great an all-rounder he may have become.
“Tomorrow is 25 yrs since former WI Capt, Jeff Stollmeyer died after being shot 5 times & beaten by intruders in his Port-of-Spain home. He scored 4 hundreds & avgd over 42 in 32 Tests, & became a Test selector & President of the WI Board of Control. But, Did You Know he was also a Senator in the Trinidad Parliament, was Aus’s Honorary Consul & that his image featured on a $2.50 stamp in 1988?
“Thur is the anniversary of the 1912 birth of WI youngest ever Test cricketer. Derek Sealy was only 17 when he played in the 1st Test v Eng at Kensington Oval in 1930 – having first got permission to have time off school by his Combermere Headmaster. He scored 58 on debut, & hit 3 50s in his 11 Tests at an avg of 28. But, Did You Know that Sealy was a complete all-rounder? Alongside his 8 1st-class 100s, he kept wkt for WI in 2 Tests, & in 1942 he took 8-8 with his seamers when Barbados bowled Trinidad out for a mere 16.
“Thur is also the anniversary of Oscar da Costa’s 1907 birth. He played 5 Tests as a bits & pieces all-rounder between 1930-35, but he died in 1936 aged only 29. He has the unfortunate distinction of being the 1st WI Test cricketer to die.
“Fri is the 77th birthday of the great Rev Sir Wesley Winfield Hall. In 48 Tests between 1958-69 he took 192 wkts at 26 with a best of 7-69 v Eng at Sabina Park in 1960. But, Did You Know Wes also scored a 1st-class hundred in 1963 v Camb Univ, capt by Mike Brearley? Sir Wes was later a Test selector, WI touring team Manager & President of the WICB; he served in both the Barbados Senate & House of Assembly; was Minister of Tourism, was ordained a Christian Pentecostal Minister, & was knighted for his services to sport & the community in 2012.
“Sat will be the 39th birthday of Ryan Hurley, who played 9 ODIs for WI in 2003/4, but in 9 games he took only 5 wkts at 62.6 & scored 13 runs with a HS of 6.
“Sat will also be the 32nd birthday of Donovan Pagan who played 2 Tests in 2005, scoring 35 in his 1st Test, & 0 & 2 in his 2nd. Between 2003-12 he scored over 2,500 runs for Jamaica.
“And finally, Mon will be the 51st birthday of Robin Singh. Born in Trinidad, he played 1 Test & 136 ODIs – for India. Ironically, he made his intl debut for them in 1989 v WI, in Port-of-Spain.
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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.