2nd 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:
“NZ won the 3rd & final Test v Pak in UAE, to level the series 1-1. Did You Know Andrew, that NZ selected only 4 specialist batsmen in the side, to enable them to play 3 seamers & 3 spinners? Built around 202 from captain, Brendon McCullum & 192 from Kane Williamson, NZ amassed 690, which was enough to bt Pak by an inngs & 80 runs – despite 197 from Mohammed Hafeez & 137 from Asad Shafiq. But in amongst all the runs, the MoM was off-spinner, Mark Craig whose match figs of 10-203 turned the match in favour of the Kiwis. NZ are now only 2 pts behind 6th placed India in the ICC Test Match rankings, & 19 pts ahead of WI in 8th. Pak & NZ will now face each other in 2 T20 intls & 5 ODIs.
“SL lead Eng 2-0 in their 7-match ODI series. Moeen Ali scored a 72-ball century in the 1st ODI, but it wasn’t enough as Eng lost by 25 runs chasing SL’s 317. In the 2nd ODI, SL comfortably overhauled Eng’s pathetic 185 by 8 wkts with more than 10 ovs to spare. The 3rd ODI is tomorrow.
“Meanwhile, Bang yesterday completed a 5-0 ODI whitewash of Zim. And it has been confirmed that the rearranged fixtures in the 4-Test series between Aus & Ind will now see the 1st Test getting underway a week today in Adelaide.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“We want to say a belated ‘happy birthday’ to Kraigg Brathwaite, who celebrated his 22nd birthday yesterday. The Barbados 4-day captain has played 4 Tests thus far in 2014, and has scored 541 runs at an avg of 90.16. We wish him the very best of fortune in the upcoming series v SA, & hope he can maintain his superlative form.
“Also this week, Sunday will see the 44th birthday of WI selector, Courtney Browne. Did You Know, Andrew that Courtney is the only WI Test cricketer born in England? He played 20 Tests & 46 ODIs in the decade between 1995-2005, the highlight of course being his match-winning innings of 35no v Eng in the Champion’s Trophy final of 2004 – when his unbroken partnership of 71 with Ian Bradshaw guided WI to glory.
“And finally, Did You Know, Andrew that this coming Monday will be 55 yrs to the day since the only occasion on which a US President went to watch some Test cricket? Dwight D. Eisenhower was a guest of the Pakistan government when taken along to see the 4th day of their Test v Aus in Karachi in 1959. The hosts batted throughout the day – and added a mere 104 runs for the loss of 5 wkts. And we wonder why cricket has never taken off in the United States.”
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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.