30th 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 semi-finalists are decided for the CLT20. Kolkota Knight Riders play Hobart Hurricanes, & Kings XI Punjab face Chennai Super Kings. Both matches are on Thurs, with the final on Sat. Barbados Tridents bowed out after losing their 1st 3 games. Today they bt the Northern Knights, for whom Kane Williamson is the tournament’s leading scorer with 244 runs. KKR’s Sunil Narine & Lahore Lions’ Aizaz Cheema are the top bowlers, both with 11 wkts.
“Aus’ series v Pak gets underway in UAE on Sun with a T20 intl to be followed by 3 ODIs & 2 Tests. Aus are without both Captain, Michael Clarke & all-rounder, Shane Watson who’re injured – while Pak dropped veteran batsman, Younus Khan & apptd Shahid Afridi their T20 skipper.
“The Eng season concluded with Yorks topping the County Championship & Durham winning the 50-over Final at Lord’s, with Jamaica’s Gareth Breese hitting the winning runs in his last game before retiring. Meanwhile, the ECB confirmed that much criticised Alastair Cook will continue as Eng’s ODI capt; while Kevin Pietersen’s controversial autobiography appears on the shelves next week.
“Staying in Eng, the Anglican Church won its T20 challenge match v The Vatican at Canterbury in the last over, with the hero being my brother, Rob Oram who steered his side to victory with a match-winning 26no – which proved to be the difference between the 2 denominations.
“And Did You Know, Andrew that in Tanzania, a charity game took place on Mt Kilimanjaro – the highest ever cricket fixture? In a game reduced to 10 ovs a side due to low clouds, Heather Knight’s Gorillas bt Ashley Giles’ Rhinos by 18 runs at an altitude of 5,730 metres, raising over £65,000.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Today is the anniversary of the 1922 birth of Allan Rae. He scored over 1,000 Test runs with 4 centuries at an avg of 46 in 15 Tests between 1948-53; & in 13 Tests his opening partnership with Jeff Stollmeyer avgd 71. Rae retired at only 30 to become a barrister, & was later President of the Jamaican Cricket Board, & the WICB from 1981-88. But, Did You Know, Andrew that Rae’s father, Ernest was part of the WI squad which toured Eng in 1928? Perhaps Allan’s crowning moment was his hundred at Lord’s in 1950, when WI won their 1st Test Match in Eng. Mid-innings the players were introduced to King George VI, but Rae refused to change into clean flannels for the line-up, as he didn’t want to break his concentration. He said: ‘I’d rather have the King think I was a dirty man than be out because I was rushing to change.’
“Tomorrow is the anniversary of the 1910 birth of Alma Hunt, probably Bermuda’s best ever cricketer. He was selected to play in a warm-up match to decide the WI team to tour Eng in 1933, but despite useful runs & wkts was omitted because it was doubted that a Bermudan was also a West Indian. Hunt moved to Scotland, & played for them instead. He was later President of the Bermuda Cricket Board, made an OBE, & as an ICC member was the brains behind the creation of the ICC Trophy, the cricket World Cup for non-Test nations.
“Thurs is the anniversary of the 1873 birth in Port-of-Spain of Sir Pelham Warner. Son of the Attorney General of Trinidad, he was schooled at Harrison College in Barbados, Rugby School & Oxford University. ‘Plum’ played for the WI on their 1st ever tour of Eng in 1900, the tourists being led by his elder brother, Aucher. But by then Plum was already established with Eng, & he was capt in successful Ashes campaigns in Aus in 1903/04 & 1911/12. He was also Manager of the victorious & notorious Eng side in the Bodyline series of 1932/33. He was later Eng’s Chairman of Selectors & Deputy Secretary & President of the MCC. He was cricket correspondent of the Morning Post & Daily Telegraph, wrote numerous books & was founder & editor of The Cricketer magazine. He was knighted in 1937; & in 1958 the Warner Stand at Lord’s was named in his honour – in front of which his Ashes were scattered in 1963.
“Fri is the anniversary of the 1905 birth of Errol Hunte, who kept wkt for WI in 3 Tests v Eng in 1930, taking 5 cts, scoring 2 50s & avging 33.2.
“Sat is the birthday of another West Indian who’s played for Eng: Chris Jordan will be 26. He’s made a decent start to his Test career, so far picking up 15 wkts, avging 20 with the bat & taking 8 cts in only 5 matches since his Test debut 3 months ago.
“Mon is Reon King’s 39th birthday. He took 53 wkts in 19 Tests at 32.6, & avgd 3.4 with the bat. He also took 76 wkts in 50 ODIs at an impressive avg of 23.7 & useful econ rate of 4.1.
“And finally Mon will also be the 49th birthday of Ian Allen, the 4th Test cricketer from St Vincent. He played 2 Tests in Eng in 1991, picking up 5 wkts, but in 10 1st-class matches on the tour he took only 16 wkts in total at 50.6, & he didn’t feature for WI again.”
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.