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.
“Ind bt SL by 278 runs to level the 3-Test series – although if they lose Fri’s decider they’ll drop to 7th in the rankings with SL rising to 6th. 100s for Rahul & Rahane led the way, while spinners Ashwin & Mishra took 14 wkts between them. Kumar Sangakkara also enjoyed a guard of honour in his last Test – & his retirement leaves Alastair Cook as the world’s leading Test run scorer – if we assume that Shiv Chanderpaul has indeed already played his own last Test.
“Elsewhere, in the 3-match ODI series between SA & NZ the teams are 1-all with 1 to play. SA won the 1st thanks to an Amla 100; & NZ the 2nd courtesy of a Guptill ton. The final ODI is tomorrow.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Tomorrow is the 85th birthday of Guyana’s Joe Solomon. He scored over 1,300 runs for WI in 27 Tests between 1958-65 at 34. But perhaps most famously ‘dead-eyed Joe’ as the Aussies dubbed him ran out Alan Davidson & Ian Meckiff, both with only 1 stump to aim at, to produce Test cricket’s 1st ever tie. In later yrs Joe was President & Chairman of Selectors of the Guyana Cricket Board & served on the WICB. But Did You Know that Solomon’s 1st 3 1st-class inngs were all tons? In Oct 1956 he scored 114no v Jamaica; a week later he hit 108 v Barbados; & then 18 months later in March 1958 he made 121 v the Pakistani Tourists. I wonder where Joe was in 1957?
“Tomorrow is Tino Best’s 34th birthday. Tino’s taken just under a 100 intl wkts & scored just under 500 intl runs – but will he get the chance to pick up 3 wkts & 6 runs to reach those milestones?
“Thur is the 69th birthday of former WI Manager Tony Howard, who’s sole Test was in 1972. Tony toiled hard for 62 ovs taking 2-140 – admiral figs considering only 1 other wkt fell in the inngs as NZ racked up 543-3 dec in a dire drawn match in which only 10 wkts fell in 5 day’s play.
“Thur is also the 50th birthday of former Zimb Test wk Wayne James, who had a remarkable match captaining Matebeleland v Mashonaland County Districts in the Lonhro Cup Final of 1996. James took a world record 9 dismissals (7ct, 2 st) in the 1st inngs, & with another 4 cts in the 2nd, a record 13 in the match. Not content with that he hit 99 in his side’s 1st inngs & was 99no in the 2nd with only 2 needed to win – when the opposition keeper let through 4 byes.
“Fri is the anniversary of the 1877 birth of Jamaican Malcolm Kerr. A member of WI’s very 1st touring team to Eng in 1900 he had a very lean time of it. He played in only 4 games, scoring 3, 2, 0, 1, 20 & 3.
“Mon will be 47 yrs since Garry Sobers famously hit Glam’s Malcolm Nash for 6 6s in an over. But Did You Know that the bowler almost suffered the same fate a 2nd time? 38 yrs ago this coming Sat Lancs’ Frank Hayes hit a Nash over for 6, 4, 6, 6, 6 & 6.
“& finally on Mon Convenor of Selectors Clive Lloyd will be 71. Capt & MoM in the 1st ever World Cup Final in 1975, he led WI in 74 of his 110 Tests. Lloyd scored over 9,000 intl runs & took over a 100 intl cts; he also scored over 40,000 runs in top-class cricket, took over 500 cts & nearly 200 wkts with his medium pacers. In a 22-yr 1st-class career he played alongside Clyde Walcott on his debut in 1964 & against Courtney Walsh in his farewell in 1986.
“Until next time, this has been ‘Around the World in 2′ with David Oram.”
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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.