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.
“Meanwhile, spare a thought for the victims in Afghan this week when a cricket match was the target of a terrorist attack. At least 9 were killed & 50 wounded.
“& spare a thought also for Eng’s Frank ‘Typhoon’ Tyson who’s died aged 85. Reckoned by many to be the fastest bowler ever, he devasted Aus down under in the 1954/5 Ashes taking 28 wkts at 20 as Eng won 3-1.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Today is Lance Gibbs’ 81st birthday. WI greatest ever spinner, he held the record for the most Test wkts with 309 until surpassed by Dennis Lillee. But Did You Know that of the 29 men to reach the 300 milestone he was both the oldest at 41 & the most parsimonious? His wkts are the only ones to come at less than 2 runs per over.
“Current players with birthdays this week include Anguilla’s Montcin Hodge who’s 28 today; Barbados’ Sharmah Brooks who’s 27 on Thurs; Trinidad’s Nicholas Pooran who’ll be 20 on Fri; & team-mate Jeremy Solazano will also be 20 on Mon; Barbados & Eng’s Chris Jordan is 27 on Sun; while fellow Eng Test cricketer Michael Carberry, who is of Bajan & Guyanese descent is 35 today.
“Tomorrow is the anniversary of the 1922 birth of Jamaica’s Allan Rae who hit 4 centuries & avgd 46 for WI in 15 Tests between 1948-53 & was President of the WICB from 1981-88.
“Fri is the 50th birthday of St Vincent’s Ian Allen who played twice for WI in Eng in 1991, taking 5 wkts including Mark Ramprakash, Jack Russell & Derek Pringle twice.
“Also celebrating his 50th birthday that day is Aus’ Tom Moody. A World Cup winner in 1999, scorer of a 1st-class century in 26 mins in 1990 & Director of Cricket of the Caribbean Premier League. Yesterday on Twitter he tweeted: ‘Sad to see WI cricket in such disarray with coach Simmons suspension after speaking from the heart. Unity desperately needed!’
Sat is the anniversary of the 1905 birth of Errol Hunte who kept wkt for WI in 3 Tests in 1930 & avgd 33 with the bat with 2 50s off an attack including Bill Voce & Wilfred Rhodes.
“& finally, Sat is also the anniversary of the birth in 1874 of Percy Goodman, 1 of 4 brothers from St Phillip who all represented Barbados in the decade either side of the 19th/20th century. Of his brothers, Gerald was capt of Pickwick; Evan was reckoned the quickest scorer on the island; & Clifford was the quickest bowler, from a height of 6 foot 4 inches. Percy was a fine all-rounder & was part of WI’s 1st 2 touring sides to Eng in 1900 & 1906, hitting 100s v Derby, Yorks & N’hants. He enjoyed a cigarette or 2 & was described by the magazine Cricket: A Weekly Record of the Game as ‘a big, finely-built man, (but) perhaps carries a little more flesh than a cricketer would (normally) elect to bear in a hot climate.’ I can think of a few WI cricketers of a much more recent vintage of whom the same could be said.
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.