Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Zealand’s Year

30th December 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 completed a series win over India today, drawing the 3rd Test at the MCG. They lead 2-0 with one game left. Ryan Harris was MoM for his all-round performance, while Capt, Steve Smith made 192 – his 5th Test ton of 2014 – & he’s avging 145.25 in the series with 581 runs. For India, Virat Kohli is avging 83.16 – his 169 & 54 took him to 499 runs in the series. Kohli will take over as India’s captain in the final Test at Sydney next week, after the retirement of Test skipper, MS Dhoni.  Continue reading

John Holder on Bravo, Pollard & Sammy

24th December 2014

Overthrows  – backing up strong returns

Hi David,

Today I read an editorial on the Barbados Today website which really sums up the state of West Indies cricket. Three senior West Indies players have horrendous playing records. The statistics bear out my claim that the standard of play in the Caribbean is poor.

Dwayne Bravo has played 64 ODIs. He has scored under 3000 runs at an average of 25.36 and taken 199 wickets at just under 30.

About six years ago Bravo played for Kent as their overseas player. I umpired him in a county match at Trent Bridge against Notts and was appalled at how mediocre a player he was. His captain, Rob Key told me that he was also disappointed in his attitude and performance.   Continue reading

Dr Ralph Gonsalves’ letter to WICB President Dave Cameron

23rd December 2014

BREAKING NEWS

Earlier today the Prime Minister of St Vincent & the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves addressed a strongly worded letter to the President of the WICB, Dave Cameron.

In it he expressed anger at the decision to sack Dwayne Bravo as captain of West Indies’ ODI side (in favour of 23-year-old Jason Holder) – and the omission from the WI ODI squad to play South Africa in the New Year of Bravo, Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard.

All three are widely-recognised as those senior players at the heart of the decision to withdraw the ODI squad from the tour of India recently.

On Saturday, the Convenor of Selectors, Clive Lloyd characterised their omission from the ODI party, and the preference of Holder to Bravo as captain, as being part of a ‘transitional’ process.

There has been no overt statement by either the selectors or the WICB to confirm that the players have been sacked for their part in the India strike – the inference is that they have been dropped on cricketing grounds – although the Caribbean at large has interpreted their exclusion as being for disciplinary reasons in relation to that withdrawal of labour.  Continue reading

Rohan & the Maharajah: The King – Kanhai

23rd December 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 are 2-0 up in the 4-Test series with India. Aus’s capt, Steve Smith, standing in for the injured Michael Clarke, was MoM in the 2nd Test for his 133 as Aus won by 4 wkts in 4 days.

“Alastair Cook was sacked as Eng’s ODI capt after a 5-2 series defeat in SL. Eoin Morgan has been apptd in his place.

“NZ bt Pak 3-2 in the UAE in their ODI series, with Kane Williamson named Player of the Series with scores of 10, 70no, 46, 123 & 97. NZ now host SL in 2 Tests & 7 ODIs, beginning with the Boxing Day Test at Christchurch – which along with Aus v India at Melbourne, & SA v WI at Port Elizabeth, is one of 3 Tests getting underway on Friday.”  Continue reading