Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Willow in the WIndies – bat no. 5

30th August 2015

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Episode 5 – Dominica Devasted with Reds Perreira

Welcome to edition no.5 of The Willow in the WIndies.

Once again Reds and I got together to discuss recent cricketing events in the Caribbean. The hot topics in the tropics we covered this week included:

The implications of the devastating storms in Dominica;

We speculated on the West Indies squad to be announced for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka;

We discussed the qualities of Denesh Ramdin’s captaincy;

The value of playing county cricket for Fidel Edwards and Shannon Gabriel;

The usefulness (or otherwise) of the WICB’s regional territory town-hall meetings;

What we hope to see come out of the upcoming report by Dr Keith Mitchell’s panel investigating cricketing governance in the region;

I asked Reds whether the retiring Michael Clarke and Kumar Sangakkara were ‘greats’ or just ‘very goods’?;

And I asked if we had seen the last of Shiv Chanderpaul in Test cricket?

You can listen to the podcast here:

David Oram


Umpire Safety by John Holder

30th August 2015

Patrolling the Boundary  – a view from the outfield

It was with great interest, but no surprise, that I read the article where umpires are considering the wearing of protective equipment for safety reasons (you can read the article John cites here). With the huge improvement in bat technology, allied to modern players being physically stronger from spending hours in the gym working on strength and fitness, the job of umpiring at first-class and international level has become more dangerous.

In my 27 years umpiring I came close to serious injury or worse on two occasions. The first was at Worcester where Ian Botham was facing Raj Maru of Hampshire bowling at my end. The bowler had me standing close to the wicket as he ran behind me to deliver. Botham smashed a ball back towards me at groin level. I just had time to twist sideways as the ball hurtled past me to the boundary. Botham, with a huge grin on his face, pointed the bat at me and jokingly said: “I will get you, Holder”.

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The Willow in the WIndies – A Special Double-Bill

28th August 2015

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Special Edition (Part 1 & 2)  – A Stroll Down Memory Lane with Reds Perreira

Welcome to this special double-edition of The Willow in the WIndies.

Inspired by a recent article in the Jamaica Gleaner by Tony Becca (which you can read here), that recalled a galaxy of West Indian greats who never quite made it to the international stage, Reds recalls those players Tony identified, and one or two others, and shared his memories and impressions of those men.

He also reflected upon the great Australian opener, Arthur Morris who died this week aged 93; and Guyana and West Indies’ middle-order batsman, Joe Solomon, who was 85 last Wednesday.

You can listen to the pair of podcasts here:

David Oram


Shane’s Murali

25th August 2015

Around the World in 2 – a few occasional zooters

Each week for ‘Mason & Guests’ I put together a brief summary of cricket events outside the Caribbean, round-up the week’s notable WI birthdays & anniversaries, & throw in a few ‘Did You Know?’ facts:

“Hello! This is David Oram taking you ‘Around the World in 2‘:

“Aus won the final Ashes Test by a whopping inngs & 46 runs to reduce the margin to 3-2. The win was enough to stop Eng overtaking them in the ICC Test rankings. Eng go 3rd & Aus remain 2nd. The sides now play a T20 intl & 5 ODIs after Aus play Ire a single ODI on Thur. MoM & series leading run scorer Steve Smith scored 143, passing 3,000 Test runs, & the newly appointed Aus capt returned to the top of the batting rankings. Retiring opener Chris Rogers passed 2,000 runs & was named Aus’ MoS; while Eng’s MoS was Stuart Broad who was leading wkt taker with 21. Steven Finn took his 100th Test wkt, but spare a thought for his batting. He was left 0no without facing a ball in Eng’s 1st inngs – the 16th time in 26 Tests he’s failed to register a run 1st time around. Finn only got off the mark in the 1st inngs once in his 1st 10 Tests & has now gone 4 games without a 1st inngs run.

“Spare a thought also for Aus’ retiring capt Michael Clarke who was given a guard of honour by Eng in his last inngs – but was far less well honoured by best pal Shane Warne. Clarke, with tattoos to the fore, was one of several celebrities hideously depicted in the leg-spinner’s specially-commissioned mural which was revealed to the world this week. Alongside the likes of Muhammad Ali, Marilyn Monroe, JFK, Sharon Stone, a smoking Shane, a guitar-playing Elvis, a paddling Mick Jagger, Frank Sinatra singing, Jack Nicholson boozing, & James Dean & James Bond playing poker – Clarke chats to Coldplay’s Chris Martin in Warne’s garden while Hannibal Lector barbecues ‘brain’ burgers & Angelina Jolie reclines semi-naked. The artist, Jamie Cooper refused Warne’s request to have ‘I love Shane’ tattoed on her arm.

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The Willow in the WIndies – bat no. 4

21st August 2015

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Episode 4 – Finances and Franchises with Reds Perreira

Welcome to edition no.4 of The Willow in the WIndies.

My guest this week is once again the highly regarded and highly knowledgable Mr Reds Perreira.

We discussed the recent victory of Barbados’ Women’s team in the regional 50 over tournament; and the Barbados Cricket Association’s (BCA) foresight in allowing them to prepare by taking part in the island’s men’s competition.

Conversely, we also discussed the worrying lack of foresight of the BCA if, as suggested by Conde Riley, the Kensington Oval is currently uninsured against major accident or damage (e.g. hurricanes, earthquakes etc.).

We looked at the current concerns for the WICB regarding finances: including loss of revenue from the cancelled Champions League T20 tournament; and failure to qualify for the Champions Trophy 50 over competition in England in 2017.

We spoke about the challenges for both the WICB and the regional territorial boards as they prepare for the second edition of the domestic regional 4-day competition, ‘The Professional Cricket League’ – including the withdrawal of Guyana franchise draft selection, Barbadian Ryan Hinds, from their squad. We also spoke about the travel challenges players face in the Caribbean island region.

We also looked ahead to the upcoming report into the WICB’s governance; discussed Dave Cameron’s support of cricket featuring in the Olympic Games; and former ICC President Ehsan Mani’s observation that Pakistan’s withdrawal from the ODI tri-series with West Indies and Zimbabwe was “not cricket”.

You can listen to the podcast here:

David Oram