16th 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:
“Shiv Chanderpaul finished the Bang series without a batting avg, after scores of 85no, 84no & 101no. Shiv became the 11th batsman to score 30 Test 100s, & in the last 2 yrs he’s scored 1,342 runs at an avg of 95.85. Kemar Roach moved into the top 10 of the ICC’s Test bowling rankings, & may climb higher when they’re updated, since Saeed Ajmal, who is in 9th, has been suspended. It’s emerged Ajmal was bending his arm a wopping 40% – the allowance is for 15%.
“WI Women are 2-0 up in their ODI series with NZ. Tremayne Smartt took 5-24 in the 1st game as they won by 5 wkts; & Anisa Mohammed took her 100th ODI wkt – being the 1st to do so for WI Women. In the 2nd match, Deandra Dottin made 82no as WI won by 65 runs.
“Scot won the 3rd ODI v Ire in Dublin, Callum McCleod making 116no. Ire won the series 2-1.
“Chris Cairns will be charged with perjury by the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service, following statements he made in a libel case against IPL founder, Lalit Modi who accused him of match-fixing.
“Staying in Eng, Brian Lara demonstrated his captaincy genius in a charity match. When Matthew Hoggard left the field to sign autographs, Lara plucked a boy from the crowd & threw him the ball. 11-yr-old, Dee Jarvis then took a hat-trick of Bell, Piper and Gladstone Small to win the match. Despite his success, Dee still had an hr’s homework to do when he got home.
“Controversy has erupted ahead of the Anglican Church v Vatican match at Canterbury. Umpire, Michael Claughton has been banned from officiating for fears of bias – his great, great grandfather was an Anglican Bishop. Organisers have insisted upon a theologically neutral umpire – or an atheist. Well, I’m going to show my bias – I wish the Anglican’s the very best of luck, because my brother, Rob is playing for them.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Today’s the 47th birthday of Barrington Browne. He played on the 1994 ODI tour of Ind, but took only 2 wkts in 4 games – although one of them was Sachin Tendulkar.
“Tomorrow is the anniversary of the 1862 birth of Tasmania’s Kenny Burn. He was picked to tour Eng in 1890 as Aus’s reserve wicket-keeper – & it was only when the 3-month voyage was well out to sea that he confessed he’d never kept wkt before in his life.
“Thur is the anniversary of the 1937 birth of Alphonso Roberts, who was WI’s 1st Test cricketer from St Vincent. He was only 18 when he played his sole Test v NZ in 1956, making 28 & 0.
“Thur is also the 56th birthday of the 3rd WI Test cricketer from St Vincent, Winston Davis. In the 1983 World Cup he took 7-51 v Aus, the competition’s best ever figs until surpassed by Glenn McGrath. In 1998, Davis fell from a tree & was tragically paralysed from the neck downwards.
“Sat is the anniversary of the 1861 birth of Walter Giffen, another bizarre selection by Aus. He lost a couple fingers from his left hand in 1886, but remarkably was still picked for the 1893 tour of Eng, although perhaps the fact that his brother, George was Capt may have helped. Walter’s Test scores were: 2, 0, 1, 3, 3 & 2, at an avg of 1.83.
“Sun is a big day for WI birthdays: firstly, Chris Gayle, who played his 100th Test earlier this yr, will be 35. His 7,214 runs have come at 42 with 15 centuries, & he’s hit over a thousand 4s + 98 6s; & In T20 intls & ODIs combined he’s scored well over another 10,000 runs. But, Did You Know, Andrew, that Gayle is one of only 4 men to score over 300 in a Test inngs twice?”
This week’s question: Who are the other 3 players to score 2 Test triple centuries?
“Sun is also the 51st birthday of Sir Curtly Ambrose. Curtly took 405 wkts in 98 Tests & took 5 wkts in an inngs 22 times, with a best of 8-45 v Eng in 1990. When he appeared on this show in Jan I asked him if he’d pick himself in an all-time WI side? He thought about it, & said: ‘Yes. Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding & then me.’ Can you imagine Curtly Ambrose coming on to bowl at you, 1st change?
“And finally, Sun is the anniversary of the 1901 birth of Learie Constantine. WI’s greatest all-round cricketer before WWII, he was a fierce attacking batsman, hostile fast bowler, & the best fielder in the world. He was an automatic choice for WI from pre-Test Match days in 1923, through their very 1st Test in 1928, right up until the war in 1939. But, Did You Know, Andrew that Learie’s father, Lebrun was also an accomplished all-rounder, who played for WI representative sides from 1897-1913, & toured Eng with the WI in 1906? After cricket, Learie was a writer, broadcaster, lawyer, member of parliament, government minister, Trinidad’s High Commissioner in London, & a governor of the BBC. He was made an MBE in 1945, knighted in 1962, & made a life peer in 1969. When he died in 1971, Trinidad posthumously awarded him their highest honour, the Trinity Cross.”
The answer to this week’s quiz question: Don Bradman, Brian Lara & Virender Sehwag.
The Mason & Guests show is broadcast live every Tuesday from 6.15-8pm ECT (10.15pm-midnight GMT) on Voice of Barbados 92.9fm, and can be heard by clicking on ‘LISTEN LIVE’ on the website page via the link provided, or via numerous internet tune-in services.
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.