7th October 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:
“Aus today won the 1st ODI v Pak by 93 runs. Steve Smith made 101 & Sean Abbot, making his debut for Aus, was reportedly the 3,000th intl cricketer – & 1st born on Feb 29. Aus bt Pak in the prior T20 intl by 6 wkts, Pak making only 96-9. The teams will also contest 2 Test Matches.
“Dwaynes Smith & Bravo were on the winning side as CSK won the CLT20 final, chasing down KKR’s 180 to win by 8 wkts with Suresh Raina making 109no.
“SL won the T20 Asian Games in South Korea, beating Afghan in the final. But the headline makers were Kuwait, captained by 58-year-old, Bastaki Mahmoud & featuring his 23-year-old son and vice-captain, Bastaki Fahad. They failed to win a match, but progressed to the QF courtesy of winning the toss in the rained off match v the Maldives. In their other group game, they were bowled out in 13.3 ovs for just 20 by Nepal – who overhauled that in 2.5 ovs. But in their QF Kuwait went one better. Chasing Bang’s 224-9 from 20 ovs, they were all out for 21.
“Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography hit the shelves this week, in which he accused his Eng colleagues & Coach, Andy Flower of bullying him & making him apologise to bowlers if he misfielded. Former teammate, Graeme Swann said the book is the biggest work of fiction since Jules Verne.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Today is Dwayne Bravo’s 31st birthday. He’s scored over 2,000 Test runs, & taken 86 wkts & 41 cts. But he played the last of his 40 Tests nearly 4 yrs ago in Dec 2010, & has played only 3 1st-class matches since – but he has played 67 1-day games, & 137 T20s in that time.
“Bravo was of course a member of WI victorious World T20 team 2 yrs ago today, & his partnership of 59 with MoM Marlon Samuels was the basis of WI’s 137, which was 36 too many for SL.
“Tomorrow is the anniversary of the 1890 birth of Cyril Browne, who played in 4 of WI’s earliest Tests as an all-rounder, avging 25 with the bat & taking 6 wkts. He was later a magistrate in British Guiana, & the 1st West Indian to be elected an honorary life member of MCC.
“Tomorrow is the 35th birthday of Dave Mohammed. He played 5 Tests between 2004-06, avgd a useful 32 with the bat, & took 13 wkts with his left-arm chinamen, but at an avg of 51.3.
“A similar bits & pieces cricketer celebrates his 39th birthday on Thurs. Mahendra Nagamootoo avgd 26 with the bat in 5 Tests between 2000-02 & took 12 wkts with his leg breaks at a cost of 53.
“Fri is Vanburn Holder’s 69th birthday. A member of WI 1st World Cup winning side, he took 109 wkts in 40 Tests, with a best of 6-28 v Aus at Port of Spain in 1978. He won a County Championship with Worcs & was a highly respected 1st-class umpire in Eng from 1988-2010. In 1974, he hit his only 1st-class century – 122 v T&T at Kensington off an attack of Julien, Jummadeen, Inshan & Imtiaz Ali, & Prince Bartholomew, who will be celebrating his 75th birthday on Thurs.
“Fri is 95 yrs since the birth of Gerry Gomez. An unsung hero of WI’s 1st great team, from 1939-54 he scored 1,243 runs at 30 & took 58 wkts at 27. He capt WI in 1 Test; was Manager of the historic tour of Aus in 1960/61; was a member of the WI Board, President of the WI Umpires Assoc, & umpired the 3rd Test between WI & Aus at Georgetown in 1965, despite never officiating in a 1st-class game before. But Did You Know, Andrew, he also played football for Trinidad, was vice-president of the Trinidad Tennis Assoc, was an executive member of the Olympic Assoc, president of the Boy Scouts movement & chairman of the annual music festival? He was awarded Trinidad’s Humming Bird Gold medal, & when he died of a heart attack playing tennis in 1996, was president of Queen’s Park Oval.
“Fri is also the anniversary of the 1928 birth of wicket-keeper, Clairmont Depeiaza. In 1955 at Kensington Oval he scored 122, adding 347 for the 7th wkt with Denis Atkinson, which is still a Test record, to save the Barbados Test v Aus. But Did You Know, Andrew that his 2nd highest score in his 5 Tests was only 16? He was expected to tour Eng in 1957, but preferred to play as a professional in Scotland – & Rohan Kanhai assumed WI’s wicket-keeping duties.
“Sat is the anniversary of Keith Boyce’s 1943 birth, & sadly also his death, in 1996. He took 60 wkts in 21 Tests at 30 & avgd 24 with the bat – & he hit 34 & took 4-50 when WI won the 1st World Cup Final in 1975. In county cricket for Essex he scored over 6,000 runs & took over 600 wkts. He was also one of the most brilliant & dynamic out-fielders the game’s ever seen.
“Sun is the 28th birthday of Omar Phillips, who played 2 Tests v Bang in 2009, with scores of 94, 14, 23 & 29 – but he hasn’t played for WI since.
“And finally, Mon is the anniversary of the 1877 birth of BJT Bosanquet, the man who invented the googly in 1897. He 1st used it in a match in 1900 & had Sammy Coe stumped by a ball that bounced 4 times; but in 1904 & 1905 he’d perfected it & he spun Eng to successive Ashes series triumphs.”
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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.