9th 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:
“145 from David Warner helped Aus to 354-6 on Day 1 of the 1st Test v India at Adelaide. But skipper, Michael Clarke had to retire hurt on 60 with a recurrence of his long-standing back injury which may have worrying implications beyond this match & even beyond this series.
“The 5th of 7 ODIs between SL & Eng is tomorrow. SL are 3-1 up after 4 games.
“Pak & NZ shared the 2-match T20 series; & Pak won the 1st game in the 5-match ODI series yesterday, despite a Ross Taylor ton – his 3rd in successive ODIs, after his 2 v India in January.
“Elsewhere, the UAE bt Afghan in a 4-match ODI series 3-1. In the 2nd match, the Emirates’ captain, Khurram Khan steered his side to a 6-wkt victory with 132no: at 43 yrs & 162 days he became the oldest man ever to make a one-day intl century.”
(Quite) A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Tomorrow is the 67th birthday of umpire, Eddie Nichols, who between 1995-2005 stood in 46 ODIs & 17 Tests, including 8 as a neutral umpire in 6 different countries: Eng, NZ, Aus, Zim, SL & SA.
“Thur is the anniversary of the 1897 birth of Barbados fast bowler, George Francis who played in WI’s 1st Test in 1928, & 1st Test victory in 1930. In 10 Tests between 1928-33 he took 23 wkts at 33.1. On WI’s 1923 tour of Eng he took 82 wkts in 15 matches at 15.5.
“Also born on Thur in 1954 was fast bowling great, Sylvester Clarke. In 11 Tests for WI he took 42 wkts at 27, but in 1st-class cricket he took 942 wkts at 19.5; & for Surrey in Eng he took 591 wkts between 1979-88 at 18.9 – he was generally regarded as the most fearsome & frightening fast bowler on the County circuit. Sylvester died suddenly in 1999, & would have been 60 this week.
“Fri would also have been the 60th birthday of another cricketer who died tragically young: Wilf Slack was born in St Vincent, but played 3 Tests & 2 ODIs for Eng; & for over a decade was part of the successful Middx team that included Mike Brearley, Wayne Daniel, Mike Gatting & Roland Butcher. Wilf was only 34 when he succumbed to a heart-attack while playing cricket in Gambia in 1989.
“Fri was also the birth in 1968 of Laurie Williams, who played 15 ODIs for WI between 1996-2001. Laurie was only 33 when he was killed in a road accident in 2002.
“Sat will be 39 yrs since one of Test cricket’s most brilliant inngs, as Roy Fredericks thrashed Lillee & Thomson all round the WACA. He got to 50 off 33 balls; 100 off 71 & ended with a magnificent 169 off 145 balls, leading the way to a WI victory by an inngs.
“On Sun, Charlie Griffith will be 76. In 28 Tests between 1960-69 he took 94 wkts at 28.5, spearheading the WI attack with Sir Wes Hall. On 1st-class debut in 1959 for Barbados v MCC, Griffith got rid of Cowdrey, May, Barrington, Mike Smith & Ted Dexter. His 2nd 1st-class match was his 1st Test v Eng. On the 1963 Eng tour, Charlie took 119 wkts in 20 matches at a fantastic 12.83, including a career-best 8-23 to bowl out Glos for 60 – followed by 5 more in the 2nd inngs, to finish with astonishing match figs of 13-58. He was one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year.
“Sun is also Brendan Nash’s 37th birthday. Born in Western Australia, Did You Know, Andrew that Nash’s father was an Olympic standard swimmer for Jamaica? Nash played 21 Tests & 9 ODIs for WI, scoring over 1,100 Test runs at 33.4 with 2 centuries. But, Did You Know Andrew, that in 2005 Nash fielded as a substitute for Aus v WI at the Gabba?”
“Sun is also the anniversary of the 1926 birth of Barbados fast bowler, Frank King. He took 29 wkts in 14 Tests between 1953-56.
“Mon is the anniversary of the 1909 birth of Rolph Grant who played 7 Tests between 1935-39 as an all-rounder, taking 11 wkts & avging 22 with the bat. He captd WI on their 1939 tour of Eng.
“& finally, Mon is the 48th birthday of Carl Hooper. Between 1987-2002 he scored 5,762 runs in 102 Tests at 36.46 with 13 100s & a HS of 233 v India. He also took 114 Test wkts, 115 cts & captd WI in 22 Tests. In 227 ODIs he scored a further 5,761 runs at 35.34 with 7 100s; took 193 wkts & 120 cts. Hooper is one of only 2 men to score over 5,000 runs in both Tests & ODIs; & to take over 100 wkts in both Tests & ODIs; & take over 100 cts in both Tests & ODIs.
This week’s question: Who is the other?
The answer to this week’s quiz question: Jacques Kallis.
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 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.