A Panel of Umpires

18th August 2015

Around the World in 2 – a few occasional off-breaks

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‘:

“SL made an astonishing comeback to win the 1st Test v India. At one stage they were still about a 100 runs behind with only 5 2nd inngs wkts left but 162no from Chandimal & 3 poor umpiring not-outs (remember India refuse to use DRS) helped SL to set 176 to win – & India were spun to defeat by Rangana Herath with 7-48 – all out for 122 to lose a Test in which both Shikhar Dharwan & Virat Kohli had hit centuries, Ravi Ashwin had taken 10 wkts & Ajinkya Rahane taken 8cts, which Did You Know are the most ever in a Test by an outfielder? The 2nd Test begins on Thurs & will be the retiring Kumar Sangakkara’s 134th & last.

“SA & NZ drew 1-1 in their 2-match T20 series & the 1st of 3 ODIs begins tomorrow.

“In Eng, Ashes losers Aus announced Steve Smith will succeed Michael Clarke as capt with David Warner his deputy. Chris Rogers has confirmed the final Test beginning on Thurs will be his last. Meanwhile, in the ladies’ Test Aus won the solitary match by 161 runs, putting them on the verge of securing the women’s Ashes with 3 T20 games remaining.

“Elsewhere, N’hants’ David Willey hit a 40-ball 100 in the Nat West T20 Blast including 34 off 1 over from Sussex’s Michael Yardy. Spare a thought for the bowler, & spare a thought too for a couple of others this week: Hants’ Chris Wood broke his nose attempting a boundary catch & the match was immediately called off for bad light – despite the ground’s floodlights being on. But more unfortunate was Lancs’Liam Livingstone: out with teammates celebrating a win, a pub brawl erupted which resulted in an angry local glassing him in the face & needing 20 stitches.”

A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:

“Today is the 29th birthday of Barrington Yearwood. A former WI U19 cricketer he appeared in 2 4-day matches for Barbados in 2009 & in 2 T20 matches for CCC the following year – when he managed to get out Ronnie Sarwan.

“Tomorrow is Sheldon Cottrell’s 26th birthday. The Jamaican hasn’t yet set Babylon on fire – in 2 Tests he’s only taken 2 wkts at 98 apiece while with the bat he avgs 2.75.

“Thur is the 59th birthday of Alvin Greenidge. In 6 Tests in 1978/9 he hit 2 50s but only avgd 22. For Barbados he hit 1,455 1st-class runs at 42.7 with 4 100s.

“Staying in Barbados, Thurs is also the birthday of cricket writer & broadcaster Barry Wilkinson, host of the popular ‘Line & Length’ show.

“Thur is also the anniversary of the 1931 birth of Dave Archer. Born in Barbados, he played 3 times for the Windwards between 1965-67. As an umpire he stood in 29 Tests from 1981-92 & 24 ODIs – including 5 matches at the 1987 World Cup. He died at the QEH in 1992 aged just 61.

“Now, Did You Know that Thur marks 150 yrs since the birth of the 1st opener to carry his bat in a Test? At Capetown in 1889 SA were bowled out by Eng for 47 – & Bernard Tancred made 26no.

“On Fri Guyana’s Keith Semple will be 45. He played all his 7 ODIs in SA in 1999: batting 6 times he avgd 10.6 with a HS of 23 & bowled in 4 inngs taking 3 wkts at 40.3. WI lost the series 6-1.

“Fri is also 20 yrs since the death of Jamaica’s Kenneth Richards. He played 2 Tests for WI; 1 in 1948, 1 in 1952 with scores of 67, 15 & 22. Sat will be the 92nd anniversary of his birth.

“Sat is also the anniversary of the 1878 birth of Tommie Burton. Born in Black Rock he moved to Demerara because he was only used as a net bowler at Pickwick. He was picked for WI’s 1st Eng tour in 1900 & took 78 wkts at 21.5 – but was sent home from their 1906 tour because he refused to ‘fetch & carry’ for the privileged white players. His cricket career over he emigrated to Panama – although he did return to St. Michael to ‘die where I was born’ – which he did in 1946.

“And finally, we recall 2 more fine WI umpires: Sat is a yr since the death of Douglas Sang Hue who umpired 31 Tests & stood in 1st-class cricket from 1960-88.

“Sat is also the anniversary of the 1930 birth of Stanton Parris. He officiated in 5 Tests & in 1st-class matches from 1972-90. He was President of Spartans & the Barbados Cricket Umpires Association; a training officer for the WI Cricket Umpires Association; & an honorary life member of the BCA. The late Peter Short said of him that ‘he set a fine example by his dedication to umpiring… he was one of the best umpires in the WI.’ While Parris’ former colleague Lloyd Barker said he was ‘the epitome of good cricket umpiring’. Stanton was awarded a Barbados Service Star in 2008 & died in Jan 2009.”

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

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.


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