4th August 2015
Around the World in 2 – a few occasional off-breaks
Each week when I co-hosted ‘Mason & Guests’ I used to compile & broadcast 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, Andrew?” facts. This marks the return of the feature for the show:
“Good evening to you, Andrew & to your guests & listeners. This is David Oram bringing you the return of ‘Around the World in 2‘:
“Eng took a 2-1 lead in the Ashes. After a 405-run thrashing at Lord’s they bounced back with a big 8 wkt win bowling Aus out for 136 & 265 despite David Warner’s 77 – which equalled Graeme Yallop’s record as the fastest Ashes 50 off 35 balls. Steven Finn played his 1st Test in over 2 yrs & returned MoM figs of 8-111. He also made 0no in Eng’s 1st inngs – the 14th time in his 24 Tests he’s failed to register a run 1st time up. Jimmy Anderson took 6-47 & rose to no.2 in the ICC Test bowler rankings, though a side strain rules him out of the next Test. Equal 5th in the rankings are Mitchell Johnson who took his 300th wkt in this match (& also completed 2000 runs) & Stuart Broad who has 299.
“No.1 bowler is still Dale Steyn who took his 400th wkt on Day 1 of the 2nd Test v Bang in Dhaka. Sadly, no play was possible on subsequent days & a draw meant the 2-match series ended 0-0 – the rain-affected 1st Test in Chittagong also being drawn. In fact, 6 of the last 7 days of the series were entirely washed out. Hosting Tests at the height of the monsoon season is proving a profitable tactic for Bang who gained 6 pts in the rankings, while SA dropped 5. Bang have lost only 1 of their 5 home Tests in 2015. But spare a thought for Trinidad’s Joel Wilson. In his 1st series as a Test official he spent more time inspecting the outfield than umpiring.
“Spare a thought also for Joe Leach. Did you know, Andrew that playing for Worcs in a 50-over game on Sunday he took a hat-trick with the 1st 3 balls of the match, reducing N’hants to 19-6 – only to see his team-mates fail to overhaul the final total of 126 – succumbing for 105 to lose by 21 runs?
“Pak completed their tour of SL with a thrilling 1 wkt win in the 2nd T20 intl to take the series 2-0. They also won the ODI series 3-2 & the Tests 2-1. Pak are now 3rd in both the Test & T20 rankings; & crucially, 8th in the ODI list, a place above WI in 9th – which sees them make the final qualifying slot for the 2017 Champions Trophy in Eng, eliminating WI.
“10th in the ODI rankings are Zim – who Sunday upset 3rd placed NZ in the 1st of their 3-match series overhauling the visitors’ 303 by 7 wkts with an over to spare – Craig Ervine hitting 130no. Further wins for Zim would narrow the gap between them & WI in the table.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Did you know, Andrew that 129 yrs ago today Eng capt AE Stoddart prepared for his match for Hampstead v Stoics by staying up all night dancing & playing poker? He then went out & broke the then world record score, making 485 – & followed up by playing a tennis match, having a bath, an evening at the theatre, & finally a supper party. He got to bed just before 3am.
“Today is the anniversary of the 1901 birth of Clarence Passailaigue. He played 1 Test in 1930 scoring 44 & 2no as WI drew a 9-day Test with Eng but oddly was never picked again. He scored 183 v MCC on 1st-class debut for Jamaica & 2 yrs later hit 261no v Lord Tennyson’s Eng XI adding a world record undefeated 487 for the 6th wkt with George Headley who made 344no.
“Tomorrow is Vasbert Drakes’ 46th birthday. Head coach of WI’s Women’s team, Vasbert played 46 intls between 1995-2004 taking 84 wkts at 31.6. But his career highlight was with the bat scoring 27no to take WI to a world record 418-7 to bt Aus in the 2003 Antigua Test.
“Sat is the 50th birthday of Eng seamer Angus Fraser. In 46 Tests he took 177 wkts at 27.3 with a best of 8-53 at PoS in 1998 & 11-110 in the match but despite his efforts WI won by 3 wkts.
“Sat is the 75th birthday of Ind’s Dilip Sardesai. On the 1971 WI tour he scored 642 Test runs at 80 with 212 at Sabina Park, 112 at Queen’s Park & 150 at Kensington. Ind won the series 1-0.
“Sat is the 28th birthday of former U19 World Cup capt Leon Johnson who’s played 4 Tests, avging 39 with the bat, & 6 ODIs.
“His Guyana team-mate Rajendra Chandrika is 26 the same day. He played his 1st Test v Aus in June – & became the 40th player to bag a pair on debut & 2nd for WI after Alf Valentine in 1950.
“Sun is 89 yrs since the birth of Denis Atkinson. In Tests he had a HS of 219 v Aus, BB of 7-53 v NZ, & led WI in 7 Tests. The pavilion stand at Wanderers in Barbados is named in his honour.
“And finally, Did You Know Andrew today is exactly 40 yrs since the 1st streaker in a Lord’s Test? With Knott & Woolmer batting he ran on & vaulted the stumps at the bowler’s end. John Arlott commentating on TMS said: ‘It’s a freaker… we’ve got a freaker down the wkt now. Not very shapely & it’s masculine – & I would think it’s seen the last of its cricket for the day… this may be his last public appearance, but my, what a splendid one!’
Until next time, this has been ‘Around the World in 2’ with David Oram.”
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 an Englishman following West Indies cricket from Islamabad. When I lived in the region, I was the resident ‘statto’, co-host and sometime presenter of ‘Mason & Guests’ – http://www.vob929.com/weekly cricket talk-show, the sport’s leading radio show in the WIndies – hosted by the Caribbean’s principal radio commentator, Andrew Mason.
You can tweet me at DavidOram@colblimp1983.