High & Slow Scoring

21st 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:

“SA won the 1st ODI v NZ last night in Mount Maunganui in the Bay of the Plenty, with capt AB de Villiers MoM for his 89no which took the tourists to a 6 wkt victory. The 2nd match begins Thurs afternoon our time.

“The 1st of 3 Tests between Bang & Zim gets underway on Sat. The series will be followed by 5 ODIs.”

“& the 1st of 2 Tests between Pak & Aus starts in the early hrs of tomorrow in Dubai. Aus lost heavily to Pak A in the warm-up for the Test; but Aus’s coach, Darren Lehmann did this week have his contract extended to Jun 2017.

“Elsewhere, in SA’s domestic 50 ovr competition, The Dolphins made 367-0 v The Knights, the unbroken opening stand between Morne van Wyk (175no) & Cameron Delport (169no) being the highest ever partnership for any wkt in 1-day cricket. Meanwhile, in Aus, Ben Dunk made the 3rd highest ever individual 1-day score, 229no, as Tasmania made 398-1 in 50 ovs – & lost. Usman Kwaja’s 166 led Queensland to 402-3 to win by 7 wkts with 16 balls to spare.”

A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:

“Today is the 33rd birthday of Devon Smith. He’s played 33 Tests for WI since 2003, but his last was in 2011. He scored 1,300 runs at 24 with 1 century, 108 v Eng in his 5th Test at Sabina Park in 2004. But after that he scored only 1 further 50 in his next 22 Tests. Smith’s also appeared in 47 ODIs, scoring just over a 1,000 runs, also at 24. But, Did You Know, Andrew that Smith was also the 3rd WI Test cricketer from Grenada?

“Thur will be the 81st birthday of quick bowler, Tom Dewdney. He took 21 wkts in 9 Tests between 1955-58, including best figs of 5-21 v NZ in Auckland in 1956. Dewdney was a member of WI’s touring sides in Eng in 1957, & Aus in 1960/61; & alongside Sir Garfield Sobers was a survivor of the car crash in 1959 that tragically killed Collie Smith. When, on this show recently, we worked out a team of still living WI Test cricketers aged over 80, Dewdney was picked to open the bowling.

“Fri is the 47th birthday of Ian Bishop. In 43 Tests from 1989-98 he took 161 wkts at 24, & got a further 118 in ODIs. Only Sir Andy Roberts, Alf Valentine & Sir Wes Hall reached the 100 Test wkt mark quicker than Bishop’s 21 Tests, & he took 5 wkts in an inngs 6 times. With the bat he only avgd 12 in Tests, but Did You Know, Andrew that he scored 2 1st-class 100s, including 111 v Barbados in 1997 off an attack led by Ottis Gibson & Patterson Thompson?

“& finally, Monday will be the 60th birthday of Chris Tavare, regarded by experts as the most boring Test batsman ever. On debut against WI in 1980 in almost 2 hrs he scored just 17 runs. In his 2nd Test his 42 lasted nearly 5 hrs. In his 3rd Test he scored 69 in 4 & 3 quarter hrs, followed by 78 in 7 hrs. But slower things were to come: the following year he scored 56 in 5 hrs v India, & then his masterpiece – 35 in 5 & a half hrs. In 1982 he scored 54 in 4 hrs v Pak & then 82 in 6 & 3 quarter hrs, reaching his 50 in 350 mins – still the 2nd slowest Test 50. In Aus he scored 89 in almost 8 hrs, including an hr when he didn’t score at all. Tavare was finally dropped in 1984 after making 14 in 138 mins v SL in their 1st ever Test Match. After retiring, he avoided excitement & enjoyed a new career as a schoolteacher. For those of us who saw him bat, we will never forget the experience – however hard we may try to do so.”

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.


One thought on “High & Slow Scoring

  1. realthog

    I remember those Tavare inningses well. To be fair to him, though, he seemed to be serving a useful function for his team at the time.


    I was expecting to get lots of lowdown from you this week on the Great Pullout!


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