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1st 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 taking you ‘Around the World in 2‘:

“India won the 3rd Test v SL to take the series 2-1. MoM Cheteshwar Pujara made a magnificent 1st inngs unbeaten 145 – becoming the 4th Indian to carry his bat in a Test following Gavaskar, Dravid & Sehwag. Ishant Sharma passed 200 Test wkts & had match figs of 8-86 but he & Dinesh Chandimal received 1-match bans for an altercation on the 4th day. On the 5th day a rearguard hundred by Angelo Mathews took the game into the final session but India ultimately registered their 1st overseas Test series victory since beating WI in the Caribbean in 2011.

“& India’s Tests with SA are to be called The Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela series & be played for The Freedom Trophy. The countries’ A teams have just played 2 4-day games. The 1st was drawn but India A won the 2nd with spinner Akshar Patel bagging 2nd inngs figs of 6-6-0-4. Did You Know these were the best bowling figs in 1st-class cricket for no runs since Jonathan Carter took 4 for none in 3 ovs for Barbados v Jamaica in 2013?

“SA won the deciding ODI with NZ with AB deVilliers MoM for his 64. He also became the fastest to 8,000 ODI runs. He got there in 182 inngs, 18 less than Sourav Ganguly.

“Aus’s women regained the Ashes. A win in the 2nd T20 intl secured the urn despite defeats in the 1st & 3rd games. Aus’s men lost their T20 to Eng by 5 runs despite 90 from Steve Smith & despite the Cardiff stadium sacking their groundsman a week before the game. But spare a thought for leg-spinner Cameron Boyce. He flew 10,000 miles just for this match – he’s not part of Aus’s ODI squad – was the 8th bowler used & bowled a solitary over for 19 runs. Earlier in the week Aus bt Ire in an ODI by 23 runs. They now have 5 v Eng. Trinidad’s Joel Wilson will umpire the 1st, 3rd & 5th matches.

Elsewhere, Lancs won the Nat West T20 Blast. But spare a thought also for Michael Whittaker of Nottingham. The 45-yr-old businessman opened his car on Wed to find former Zim capt Brendan Taylor asleep in it. He’d been celebrating a Notts win when, worse the wear for alcohol, he took refuge from the rain in the unlocked blue hatchback. Discovering his hungover passenger, Mr Whittaker called the police, but decided not to press charges against an embarrassed Taylor who apologised & offered to have the vehicle valeted. Mr Whittaker said: ‘It’s so funny. How often do you find an intl cricket star asleep in your car?’ I suspect it’s a more common occurrence in Bridgetown, Barbados than in West Bridgeford, Nottinghamshire.”

A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:

“Today wicket-keeper Erskine King is 66. He played 2 matches for Barbados in 1967 & 1969 & scored 0 & 2. But he did have the satisfaction of catching Lawrence Rowe for 4 off  Vanburn Holder. King was the National Sports Council’s Director of Sport until his retirement last year.

“On Thur Guyana’s Basil Butcher will be 82. In 44 Tests he scored over 3,000 runs at 43 with 7 tons. On the 1969 tour of Eng he hit 984 runs at 61 & was 1 of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year.

“Fri is the 41st birthday of Lincoln Roberts who made 0 in his only Test in 1999 but had the distinction of being the 1st Test cricketer from Tobago.

“Fri is also 50 yrs since Geoff Boycott smashed 146 in the Gillette Cup Final for Yorks at Lord’s. Legend has it Boycott was pottering along in his usual slow style until he was joined by his tough skipper Brian Close – who threatened Boycs with a bashing if he didn’t get a move on.

“Sat is Miguel Cummins’ 25th birthday. He made his intl debut last yr but hasn’t yet lived up to the promise of his 1st season when he was MoM as Barbados’ won the Regional 4-day Final.

“Sat is also the 26th birthday of umpire Leslie Reifer jr who already in his career has officiated in top-class cricket in the Caribbean, Eng & Bang.

“Also with birthdays on Sat are Antigua’s Sylvester Joseph who’ll be 37; Grenada’s Rawl Lewis who’ll be 41; & Jamaica’s Richard Austin, who died earlier this yr, who would’ve been 61.

“Sun is the 34th birthday of Andrew Richardson. Unlucky not to have played intl cricket he was in the 2009 squad touring Eng & avgd 26 with the ball. For Jamaica he’s taken 148 1st-class wkts at 21.

“Also on that 2009 Eng tour was Lionel Baker who’s 31 on Sun. He did play in 2 of the Tests but took only 1 wkt for 194 runs. Baker was the 1st intl cricketer from Montserrat.

“Mon is the 39th birthday of WIPA’s President & CEO Wavell Hinds. In 169 intl matches between 1999-2010 he hit over 5 & a half thousand runs at 29.98 with 10 tons & took 44 wkts at 32.4.

“& finally, Mon is also the 24th birthday of Trinidad’s Yannick Ottley. Despite his talent he’s yet to hit a century in top-class cricket. But Did You Know he captd WI to 3rd place in the 2010 U19 World Cup? That team also included Kraigg Brathwaite, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich & Jason Holder.

“Until next time, this has been ‘Around the World in 2′ with David Oram.”

You can listen to the above round-up here.

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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