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.
“Meanwhile, in Bermuda WK Jason Anderson was banned for life following an ugly assault upon batsman George O’Brien in the Champion of Champions Final. Video footage of the incident on YouTube has already had over 80,000 views.
“& spare a thought this week for the family & friends of Jagmohan Dalmiya, the President of the BCCI who died aged 75 on Sunday following a heart attack. He’d been a member of the Board since 1979 & was also a former ICC President.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Today is Jahmar Hamilton’s 25th birthday. Born on St Thomas he’s scored over 1,500 1st-class runs for the Leewards in 8 seasons.
“Tomorrow is Dominica’s Mervin Matthew’s 30th birthday. The pace bowler has taken 79 wkts in 27 matches for the Windwards at less than 20 runs apiece.
“Tomorrow Jason Mohammed is 29. He’s scored over 3,000 runs in 10 seasons with T&T & played a solitary ODI v India in 2011 in which he made 2.
“Tomorrow is also the 32nd birthday of St Lucia’s Garey Mathurin. His career high was on his T20 intl debut when his 4-0-9-3 helped spin WI to a 25-run win over Eng, bowling them out for 88, defending a total of only 113.
“Thur is the 55th birthday of Vibert Greene. He played 8 times for Barbados & 16 times for Glos, but at Bridgetown in 1986 he took 5-72 v the English tourists including the wkts of Wilf Slack & Mike Gatting.
“Thur also marks the 1942 birth of Sammy Guillen who uniquely played for both WI & NZ, where he emigrated in the 1950s – & played against WI in 1956. As Martin Williamson wrote: ‘The last act of his career was a historic one; Guillen stumped Alf Valentine to seal NZ’s 1st ever Test victory, for which they’d waited 26 yrs & 45 matches. He retired immediately.’
“Thur is also the 65th birthday of Mohinder Amarnath. MoM for India in their 1983 World Cup Final victory over WI, he scored 26 & took 3 of the last 4 wkts for 12 runs. Earlier that yr he’d been acclaimed the best player of fast bowling in the world, hitting 2 100s & 4 50s & avging 66 in a 5-Test series in the Caribbean which WI won 2-0. Later that yr in India, Marshall, Holding, Wayne Daniel & Winston Davis proved that he wasn’t; his scores were: 0, 0, 1, 0, 0 & 0 at an avg of 0.1 as WI won the series 3-0.
“Fri is the 27th bithday of Shacaya Thomas. In 2013 he scored over 500 runs for CCC at 45 with 2 centuries – but last yr for Jamaica managed less than 200 at 17.
“Fri is the anniversary of the 1944 birth of Grayson Shillingford. In 7 Tests between 1969-72 he took 15 wkts at 35.
“Fri is also the anniversary of the 1949 birth of Inshan Ali. He took 34 wkts in 12 Tests with his left-arm wrist spin but at a costly avg approaching 50. But Did You Know he made his 1st-class debut in 1966 for South Trinidad aged only 16 & made his last appearance in 1980 aged only 30? He died of lung cancer aged only 45 in 1995.
“Sat is the 44th birthday of Barbados’ Patterson Thompson. In 4 intls in 1996/7 he took 7 wkts at 46 with an impressive strike rate of 48 but an expensive economy rate of 5.7.
“Sat is also the 72nd birthday of Lloyd Barker who umpired 29 Tests & 39 ODIs between 1984-97 & stood in the 1st ever Test between SL & Zim.
“Sat also sees the 78th birthday of Renford Pinnock who between 1964-75 hit over 2,500 runs for Jamaica at 41 with 6 centuries.
“Sat is also the 68th birthday of Franklyn Dennis. Born in Jamaica he appeared for Canada at the 1979 Wotld Cup. On Canada’s 1976 Caribbean tour he scored 114 v St Kitts at Warner Park but was lbw b Roberts for 9 v Antigua – a game which ended when Viv Richards returned bowling figs of 5.3-5-0-4.
“Mon is the 42nd birthday of Guyana’s Colin Stuart who played all his 11 intls in less than 12 months. Starting on Boxing Day 2000 he took 28 wkts at under 30 with a best of 5-44 but he made his final appearance for WI the following November.
“& finally Mon is the 55th birthday of Gus Logie. Between 1981-93 he played over 200 times for WI, scored over 5,000 runs & yet avgd only 31 & hit only 3 centuries. After retiring he’s been coach of Canada, WI, Bermuda, Canada again & currently his native T&T. A brilliant fielder, Logie took 57 cts in 52 Tests mainly at short-leg. But Did You Know he also took 1 1st-class stumping? In 1988 v Jamaica, standing in for David Williams, he stumped Courtney Walsh off Ganesh Mahabir’s leg spin. There were also 17 byes.
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.