15th 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‘:
“Aus won the final ODI by 8 wkts to take the series 3-2 after Eng had fought back from 2-nil down. Mitch Marsh was MoM & MoS too although Pat Cummins was the series’ best bowler with 12 wkts & Eng capt Eoin Morgan top run scorer with 278 – despite retiring hurt in the decider after being hit on the head by a Mitchell Starc bouncer. At least he wasn’t given out ‘obstructing the field’ for impeding the path of another 90mph Starc missile. Also retiring this week was Brad Haddin who was the 5th Aussie to step down from the Test arena in the wake of the Ashes defeat. Maybe the 6th if we include another Test arena, the WACA, which was also ‘retired’ from Ashes cricket.
“Staying in Eng, Yorks regained the County Championship. They have a saying there, ‘When Yorks is strong, Eng is strong.’ But spare a thought for the passing of their former capt, & Eng’s, Brian Close. Perhaps best remembered in the Caribbean for the brave inngs he played & fabulous bruises he took from Hall & Griffith at Lord’s in the famous 1963 draw; & the ferocious fast-bowling onslaught he withstood from Michael Holding at Old Trafford in 1976, when Close was, remarkably, 45-yrs-old. Spare a thought too for Barrie Meyer, who also died this week. Like Close, he was a professional footballer as well as a cricketer, but his intl honours were as an umpire, standing in 26 Tests & 23 ODIs including the World Cup Finals of 1979, won by WI, & their shock defeat to India 4 yrs later.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Today is the 54th birthday of Patrick Patterson. Perhaps the paciest ever of WI’s terrifying quicks, Graham Gooch admitted the only time he was genuinely frightened was facing Patterson on his home Sabina Park in 1986. He took 19 wkts at 22 in that his debut series & 93 in 28 Tests in total. But Did You Know he had to bowl wearing a box because his fast-bowling arm followed through dangerously hard & quick between his thighs?
“Today is also the 27th birthday of St Vincent’s Delorn Johnson, who’s so far taken 61 1st-class wkts for the Windward Islands at 26.4.
“Today also sees the anniversary of the 1937 birth of opener Joey Carew. He scored over a thousand runs in 19 Tests at 34 between 1963-72 & in 1970 & ’71 captd T&T to back-to-back Shell Shield titles. He was a Test selector for the best part of 20 yrs until 2006 & died in 2011.
“Tomorrow is the 48th birthday of Barrington Browne who featured in 4 ODIs in 1994 without success; & the 59th birthday of Cornelius Henry, who was born in St Lucia but played twice for Canada in the 1979 World Cup – & managed to clean bowl Allan Border.
“Tomorrow is also the anniversary of the 1878 birth of Barbados’ Percy Cox who was a member of WI’s 1st touring team to Eng in 1900.
“Thur is the 23rd birthday of Ronsford Beaton. He’s taken 47 1st-class wkts at 33 for Guyana but is yet to bag a five-fer.
“Fri is the anniversary of the 1937 birth of St Vincent’s Alfie Roberts who played 1 Test in 1956 & died of cancer in 1996 aged only 58.
“Fri is also the 57th birthday of another unfortunate son of St Vincent, Winston Davis. In 50 intls he took 84 wkts at 33 including 7-51 v Aus in the 1983 World Cup. In 1998, he was tragically paralysed from the neck down after falling from a tree. Davis also took 350 wkts in English county cricket: 208 for N’hants & 142 for Glamorgan.
“Mon meanwhile sees the 75th birthday of a Bridgetown quickie who took over 700 wkts for the Welsh side but never played for Barbados. Tony Cordle was born in Carrington Village in 1940 & emigrated to the UK aged 20 to work for London Transport. Moving to Cardiff he restarted his cricket & in 1962 began the 1st of 20 seasons playing for Glam. But Did You Know he did get to play 2 1st-class matches in the WI? On the club’s 1970 tour of the Caribbean he got Norbert Phillip out for 96 in Dominica & trapped Charlie Davis lbw at Port-of-Spain. Cordle was county coach until 1983 & continued coaching when he emigrated to Canada.
“Also on Mon Jamaica’s John Campbell, who avgs 25 with the bat after his 1st 2 seasons, will be 22.
“& finally Mon Sep 21st marks the birth of 3 of the greats of WI cricket history: 1902 saw the birth of Lord Learie Constantine; 1963 brought Sir Curtly Ambrose; & in 1979 arrived the incomparable Christopher Gayle – who divulged this week on Twitter that he’d had his own strip club & surrounding mirrors built into his bedroom. I doubt very much whether Sir Learie ever enjoyed the luxury of such revealing mod cons.
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.