6th January 2015
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:
“SL need 390 to win the 2nd Test v NZ & square the series. Kumar Sangakkara passed 12,000 runs in his 203 which helped the tourists to a 135-run 1st-inngs lead. It was his 38th Test hundred & 11th Test double hundred. But Kane Williamson with 242no & BJ Watling with 142no added an unbroken 365 – the highest 6th wkt partnership in Test history, surpassing the 352 Watling added with Brendon McCullum v India last Feb. NZ declared at 524-5 & SL were 45-1 at the close.
“In the 4th & final Test v India at Sydney, Aus made 348-2 on Day 1, with David Warner making 101 – his 12th Test ton, & 9th in 14 Tests since the start of last year’s Ashes. Did You Know, Andrew that in that period Warner’s scored 1,728 runs at 66.46?
“Meanwhile, in the Big Bash the Adelaide Strikers lead the way with 4 wins in 5 matches.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Christopher Barnwell is 28 today. In 6 T20 intls he scored 78 runs at 19.5 & took 1 wkt at 51. In the 1st half of the 4-day Regional competition he hit 158 runs at 39.5 & took 5 wkts at 27.4.
“Fri is the 47th birthday of Jamaica’s Jimmy Adams. He led WI in 15 Tests, winning 4, drawing 3 & losing 8. In 54 Tests between 1992-2001 he scored over 3,000 runs at 41.26 with 6 100s. But, Did You Know, Andrew that after his 1st 12 Tests Adams’ avg was 81.07? In 127 ODIs he made over 2,000 runs but never scored a century – but he did take 70 intl wkts & 5 stumpings! He’s been coach of Kent since Jan 2012.
“Fri is also the 39th birthday of Gareth Breese from Montego Bay, who played 1 Test for WI v India in 2002, taking 2-108. He scored 1,749 runs & took 172 1st-class wkts for jamaica, but played his last game for them in 2006, relocating to Durham in England, & for whom he played until his recent retirement – scoring the winning runs in September’s 50-over Cup Final at Lord’s.
“Sat is the anniversary of the 1917 birth of Trinidad’s Tyrol Johnson, whose Test debut was v Eng at The Oval in 1939. With his very 1st ball he bowled opener Walter Keeton, & later he removed the great Len Hutton. But sadly for Johnson, because of the War, that was WI’s last Test until 1948 & he never played another 1st-class match.
“& finally, Mon is the 53rd birthday of Sir Richie Richardson. Capt in 24 Tests, with 11 wins, 7 draws & 6 defeats, he scored nearly 6,000 runs in 86 Tests at 44.39 with 16 100s & 27 50s. He also hit over 6,000 runs in ODIs with 5 100s, but Did You Know, Andrew he took 1 intl wkt – dismissing Pak’s Mansoor Elahi in 1986? Richardson was the 4th Test cricketer from Antigua, & was knighted last year alongside the 1st & 6th Antiguan Test cricketers, Sir Andy Roberts & Sir Curtly Ambrose in a ceremony at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Sir Richie has been WI’s Team Manager since Jan 2011.”
At the beginning of this week’s show I introduced our special guest who was joining us on the programme. This is what I prepared:
“Tonight’s very special guest is a man who was born in Kingston, Jamaica 66 yrs ago this coming Thurs. He made his 1st-class debut in 1969 at St George’s in Grenada & was bowled by Grayson Shillingford for 7. In his final 1st-class game in 1984 at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth in South Africa he was LBW to Adrian Kuiper for 16.
“He made his Test debut aged 23 in 1972 v NZ at Sabina Park & scored a world record 214 & 100no, adding 269 for the 2nd wkt with Roy Fredericks (who was 1 of only 2 men he dismissed with his bowling in his entire 1st-class career).
“2 yrs later in 1974 at the Kensington Oval he made a brilliant 302 opening the batting v Eng, an inngs described by Wisden as a ‘master performance’, & by Mike Selvey as ’10 hrs of unruffled technical excellence’.
“In 30 Tests from 1972-80 he scored 2,047 runs at 43.55 with 7 100s & 7 50s; his batting being famed for his back-foot play – his hooking & pulling said to be ‘instinctive & deadly’. But he was also renowned for his whistling & his unfortunate allergy to grass which impaired his vision, & led opponents to suggest that if he was sneezing they should put the opposition into bat.
“In 2004, he was named one of Jamaica’s 5 greatest ever cricketers, alongside George Headley, Jeffrey Dujon, Courtney Walsh & Michael Holding – who said of our guest tonight that he was ‘the best batsman I ever saw’.
“I am of course talking about the legendary Lawrence Rowe.”
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. To catch up on previous broadcasts, click on this link to the show’s archives.
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.
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