Test Cricket’s most complete All-Rounder is from the West Indies – but his name is not Sir Garfield Sobers

13th 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:

“NZ won the 2nd Test v SL, winning the series 2-0 & taking them to no. 5 in the ICC Test rankings. SL drop to 6th, & India are now 7th. Kumar Sangakkara’s double century took him back to the top of the Test batting rankings above AB de Villiers. The 2 teams are now playing a 7-match ODI series, with NZ winning the 1st by 3 wkts. The 2nd game is on Thurs.

“Aus & India drew the final Test of their 4-match series, Aus taking the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-0. Both captains made their 4th ton of the series: Virat Kohli finishing with 692 runs at 86.5; & Steve Smith 769 runs at 128.16. Nathan Lyon took the most wkts, with 23. The sides are now joined by Eng in a triangular ODI series, which begins late on Thurs. 

“Meanwhile, in the Big Bash the Perth Scorchers lead the way with 10 pts from 7 games.”

A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:

“Today is Jermaine Lawson’s 33rd birthday. Appearing in 13 Tests between 2002-05 his highlights were his 6-3 v Bang; a hat-trick v Aus in 2003; & 7-78 in the following Test. He took 51 wkts at a healthy 29.64, but avgd only 3 with the bat. Recently he’s been appearing for the USA.

“Tomorrow is the 36th birthday of Trinidad’s Daren Ganga, who captd WI in 2 Tests in 2007 & hit 3 centuries in 48 Tests – 2 v Aus & 1 v India; but he finished with a disappointing avg of only 25.

“Tomorrow is also the 26th birthday of Johnson Charles, the 2nd intl cricketer from St Lucia. In 30 ODIs he’s hit 869 runs at 28.9, including back-to-back 100s in Feb 2013 – but he lost his place in the ODI & T20 sides after failing to reach 50 in 19 successive intl inngs.

“Tomorrow is the anniversary of the 1901 birth of slow-left-armer George Gladstone, who took 9 wkts on 1st-class debut for Jamaica v the MCC tourists of 1930 & was immediately picked for the next Test. Sadly, Eng made 849, Gladstone had match figs of 1-189 & never played 1st-class cricket again.

“Fri is the 59th birthday of ‘Diamond’. In a 13-yr career, Wayne Daniel took 867 1st-class wkts at 22.47 & 362 in 1-day matches at 18.16, while in 10 Tests he took 36 wkts at 25.2. Surely, in any other era he would’ve played 100 Tests & taken over 300 wkts?

“Another Fri birthday is Hamish Anthony, who’ll be 44. The 8th intl cricketer from Antigua, he played 3 ODIs for WI but, Did You Know, Andrew he’s also played for both USA & the US Virgin Islands?

“Fri is also the anniversary of the 1911 birth of Ivan Barrow, who famously scored 105 v Eng at Old Trafford in 1933, adding 200 for the 2nd wkt with George Headley. But, Did You Know, Andrew that Barrow’s 2nd highest Test score was only 27? In 11 Tests he avgd 16, & curiously was 1 of only 2 men in Test cricket to be dismissed by Don Bradman’s bowling. As a wkt-keeper he was highly rated by Learie Constantine & was good enough to stump Bill Ponsford off his bowling.

This week’s question: One for the internet researchers out there: I said Ivan Barrow was 1 of only 2 men to be dismissed by Don Bradman’s bowling in Tests. Who was the other?

“Sat is the anniversary of the 1926 birth of the great Clyde Walcott. With 15 100s in 44 Tests at 56.68 he is one of WI’s true batting legends. But, Did You Know, Andrew that Walcott can lay claim to being Test cricket’s most genuine all-rounder? Alongside his 3,798 runs he also took 11 Test wkts & 11 stumpings. No other player in Test Match history has attained double figs in BOTH those facets of bowling & keeping.

“& finally, Sun is the anniversary of the 1894 birth of Sir Clyde’s namesake, Leslie Walcott. He featured in WI’s very 1st Test in the Caribbean, at Kensington Oval in 1930. He was run out for 24, & 16no in the 2nd inngs; & took the wkt of Eng’s 50-yr-old opener, George Gunn. But Walcott himself was only 2 days short of his 36th birthday, & that was his 1st & last Test. A St Michael man, Leslie died in 1984, aged 90.”

The answer to this week’s quiz question: The great Wally Hammond of England.

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

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.

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