8th 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‘:
“Today was the 3rd Ashes ODI at Old Trafford with Aus already 2-0 up. They won the 1st by 59 runs & the 2nd by 64 but the result was overshadowed by the furore surrounding Ben Stokes’ dismissal for Obstructing the Field. Opinion was split whether his reaction in stopping the ball with his hand after a shy at the stumps by Mitchell Starc was reflex or intentional; defense of himself or his wkt? Aus capt Steve Smith was booed by the Lord’s crowd & Eng capt Eoin Morgan (who’ll be 29 on Thurs) said he’d have withdrawn the appeal. But spare a thought for 3rd umpire Trinidad’s Joel Wilson who had the difficulty of interpreting & enforcing Law 37. Spare a thought too for David Warner who had his thumb broken by Steven Finn with the 2nd ball of the match which sees him out of the series & possibly Aus’ Test tour of Bang too. He’s been replaced by Aaron Finch who recently lost his ranking as the world’s best T20 batsman to Virat Kohli. Also ruled out of the series with a dodgy hamstring is Nathan Coulter-Nile; & with a calf strain Shane Watson – who has also announced his retirement from Test cricket. The 4th ODI is on Fri.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Today is Kyle Mayers 23rd birthday. Yet to feature in 1st-class cricket he’s proved himself a useful all-rounder in 1-day cricket although he had a poor CPL 2015 for St Lucia Zouks scoring only 48 runs in 7 inngs at 6.85.
“Tomorrow is the 31st birthday of Dominica’s Liam Sebastien. Son of Lockhart, Liam has been a productive all-rounder for the Windward Islands since 2003 scoring over 2,000 runs at 22 with 2 centuries & taking 125 wkts at 24.
“Fri is the anniversary of the 1907 birth of Jamaica’s Oscar da Costa who played 5 Tests between 1930-35 but died a year later aged only 29.
“Fri is also the anniversary of the 1912 birth of WI’s youngest Test cricketer, Derek Sealy who debuted in 1930 aged 17. In 11 Tests before WWII he scored almost 500 runs at 28, took 3 wkts & was also WK in 2 Tests. He was 1 of those rare fellows who batted, bowled & kept wkt with success. He had a highest 1st-class score of 181, a BB of 8-8 & took 13 sts in a career spanning 1929-49.
“Sat is the 78th birthday of Sir Wesley Winfield Hall. With 192 wkts in 48 Tests between 1958-69 many would still argue for his place in an all-time WI XI. One of the game’s most fierce & fearsome fast bowlers, CLR James said of him: “Hall merely puts his head down & lets you have it, & it’s pretty hot.” While Aus commentator Johnnie Moyes said he was “a rare box-office attraction, a man who caught & held the affections of the paying public.” Hall played 2 seasons of Sheffield Shield cricket for Queensland in Aus between 1961-63 taking 76 wkts in 17 games, but Did You Know that’s 4 more games than the 13 Sir Wes played for Barbados between 1956-71? Earlier this year the ICC’s Hall of Fame recognised the fame of Hall, inducting him as the 18th West Indian to be thus honoured.
“Sat is also the 25th birthday of St Lucia’s Dalton Polius. Despite avging over 20 with the bat & taking more than a wkt a game for the Windwards he’s only played 3 1st-class games in the last 2 seasons.
“Sun sees birthdays for Guyana’s Steven Jacobs who’s 27; Jamaica’s Donovan Pagon who’s 33; while Barbados’ Ryan Hurley will be 40.
“& finally Mon marks 99 yrs since the birth of Jamaica’s Donald Aitcheson. A gifted WK/batsman, Aitcheson played alongside the likes of George Headley, Kenneth Weekes, John Holt & Hines Johnson in 1946; & against Asgarali, Stollmeyer, Ganteaume, Gomez & Prior Jones. In later yrs he relocated to Eng where he played in Walthamstow for Rota Cricket Club, my old club, & passed on his love & genius for the game with London youngsters including my father & my Godfather, Derek Steward. They in turn passed on that passion for cricket to me. Although I never knew him I owe Aitcheson a very great debt. Thank you, Don.
“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.