Monthly Archives: September 2015

A Goodman to Have in Your Side

29th September 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, safely returned to Islamabad, taking you ‘Around the World in 2‘:

“Intl cricket moves into a new season – & SA’s tour of India is under way. The 1st of 3 T20s is on Fri followed by 5 ODIs & 4 Tests.

“In Zim, Pak won the 1st of 2 T20 intls on Sun & the 2nd was today. The 1st of 3 ODIs is on Thur. Pak then fly to the UAE to face Eng whose tour begins next Mon.

“However, Aus’ tour of Bang which was due to begin on Sat has been put on hold amid security fears – & may yet be cancelled.

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The Willow in the WIndies – bat no. 9

28th September 2015

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Episode 9 – Charity Match for Dominica with Reds Perreira

Welcome to edition no.9 of The Willow in the WIndies.

This week Reds and I reviewed the charity match at Kensington Oval in aid of Dominica, which featured notable performances from Brian Lara, Curtly Ambrose, Shiv Chanderpaul and Kieron Pollard.

We looked at Phil Simmons’ outburst against ‘outside influence’ in the selection of WIndies’ ODI squad for the tour of Sri Lanka.

The reports of a heated and eventful evening in Trinidad for WICB President Dave Cameron at the latest regional town-hall meeting.

The appointment of Richie Richardson as an ICC Match Referee to begin in the new year, and the consequent upcoming vacancy for the role of WIndies Manager.

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Another Fine Mess

28th September 2015

Patrolling the Boundary  – a view from the outfield

This weekend West Indies’ coach Phil Simmons went public to express his deep dissatisfaction at the recent selection of WIndies’ ODI squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

He was apparently outvoted 3-2 by the selection panel, despite having the support of Convenor of Selectors, Clive Lloyd and captain, Jason Holder (who does not have a vote). The assumption is Simmons’ disquiet is over the continuing non-selection of fellow Trinidadians Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard.

This squad has not yet been made public – and yet the arguments rage and anger has been expressed – at Simmons for ‘going public’ and betraying the trust of ‘collective responsibility’ – while equally a perception gains greater ground with each passing crisis and scandal: that there is something rotten at the core of the WICB.

Without taking time to frame a more measured response, here are my immediate observations:

1) I personally agreed with the ‘sacking’ (because that’s effectively what it was) of the Strike ring-leaders – supposedly Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard. What they did was unpardonable and there is no mitigation.

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“Sports Bring Sadness, Happiness, Smiles and Hope!” by Colin Croft

27th September 2015

Patrolling the Boundary  – a view from the outfield

Like West Indians everywhere, I hope that yesterday’s (Saturday) ‘Rally Round Dominica’ charity game at revered Kensington Oval, while a fun event, generated dollars galore for Dominica’s Hurricane Relief Fund, a very serious project which will help with absolutely necessary, timely rejuvenations of one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful, truly ecological islands.

Great merriment should have been had by all, for when players like (Sir) Curtly Ambrose, Ambassador and former WI captain Brian Lara, another former WI captain Darren Sammy and the likes of former Manchester United and Trinidad & Tobago footballer Dwight Yorke get together, regardless of the seriousness and severity of the cause, enjoyment and hope too should prevail.

Inundated by deceptively deadly Tropical Storm Erica, Dominica will shine again, for it is ‘The Emerald Isle’. Nowhere in the Caribbean ever seems to be as incandescent green as Dominica, with its rolling hills, still remembered steep, swirling descents for landing into Cane Field airport, and playing at and appreciating the magnificent, iconic Rousseau Botanic Gardens cricket ground.

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From New Delhi in 2

22nd September 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, coming to you this week from New Delhi, taking you ‘Around the World in 2‘:

“A quiet week on the intl cricket front, there’s a gap of 14 days between the last Ashes ODI & the 1st T20 between Zim & Pak on Sunday.

“In Eng, Glos won the Royal London Cup Final at Lord’s by 6 runs despite 6-35 from Jade Dernbach including a hat-trick. Surrey collapsed chasing 220 needing only 78 off 16 ovs with 8 wkts in hand.

“At The Oval, a T20 match for the Help the Heroes charity saw the Heroes XI win by 4 wkts with MoM MS Dhoni hitting 38no while Brian Lara made 15 for the RoW XI.

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