Roland’s Birthday

14th 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 have won the ODI series v Pak 3-0, winning the final game by 1 run. Steve Smith was Man of the Series & Aus have returned to no. 1 in the ICC ODI rankings ahead of SA & Ind. The 2 sides will now face each other in 2 Tests, beginning next week.

“Elsewhere, Zim will begin their tour of Bang on Sunday, which features 3 Tests & 5 ODIs; while NZ & SA will begin a 3-match ODI series next Monday night. NZ have also announced that their domestic T20 tournament will be known as the George Pie Super Smash. One wonders if Kane Williamson will be dubbed a ‘pie chucker’ if he gets to bowl for Northern Districts in the competition?”

A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:

“Today is the 61st birthday of Roland Butcher. A regular guest on this show, Roland was born in St Philip in Barbados, but he moved to Eng aged 14 & began his successful career with Middx in 1974. In 1981, he made his Test debut here in Bridgetown, & in so doing became the 1st black man to represent Eng. His 3 matches in that series were however his only Tests, but he played for a further 10 seasons & ended with over 12,000 1st-class runs. Since 2004 Roland has been Director of Sports at the University of West Indies’ Cave Hill campus, and he’s just returned from Eng were he was part of the celebrations of Middx’s 150-year anniversary.

“Today is also the anniversary of the 1912 birth of Eng’s Jack Crapp, who played 7 Tests in the 1940s. Legend has it that he was sharing a room on tour with Alec Bedser, & they were the last to check in to their hotel. Jack approached the front desk looking rather tired and said ‘Good evening’ to the receptionist. ‘Good evening, sir’ she replied. ‘Bed, sir?’ she asked. ‘No, Crapp’ he replied. ‘Oh, well that’d be the first door on the right’ she said.

“Tomorrow is the 30th birthday of Ravi Rampaul. He made his intl debut in an ODI v Zim in Nov 2003, & he’s played 130 times for WI across the 3 formats, with 190 wkts at 30 apiece. He was WI equal leading wkt taker alongside Sunil Narine when WI won the T20 World Cup in 2012.

“Tomorrow is also the 69th birthday of Steve Camacho. He played 11 Tests as an opener between 1968-71, & hit 4 50s, avging 29, but with no hundreds. He went on to be a Test selector, & the WICB’s Secretary & CEO. But, Did You Know, Andrew that Camacho’s grandfather, George Learmond was a member of WI’s touring team to Eng in 1906?

“Sat is the 53rd birthday of another man born in Barbados who played Test cricket for Eng – Gladstone Small, who was born in St George in 1961. Small played 17 Tests between 1986-91, taking 55 wkts at 34. & was a member of Eng’s Ashes winning team in Aus in 1987. But, Did You Know, Andrew that in 1982 Gladstone bowled an 18-ball over, containing 11 no-balls & a wide?

“And finally, Sunday is the 71st birthday of wicket-keeper, Mike Findlay. He played 10 Tests for WI between 1969-73, taking 19 cts & 2 sts, & avging 16 with the bat. He was WI’s 2nd Test cricketer from St Vincent, & was later Chairman of Selectors & Manager of WI on tour. Mike’s a regular contributor to this programme, & has sat in the expert summariser’s chair alongside Andrew Mason on Test Match commentaries.”

This week’s question: Jerome Taylor took his 100th ODI wicket in the 2nd ODI v India. Who was the 1st WI player to reach this fig in ODIs?

The answer to this week’s quiz question: Michael Holding, on January 12th 1985 v SL at Brisbane. This was his 69th ODI. Taylor got to 100 in 68 matches.

David Oram

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

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.



2 thoughts on “Roland’s Birthday

  1. realthog

    Wish RB a happy birthday from me! I always thought it was a shame he had just the three Tests; he deserved a longer run.

    And, yes, I remember that GS 18-ball over. Talk of the town, it was.


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