Monthly Archives: October 2015

Dennis Lillie’s 70th Birthday

28th October 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‘:

“Pak took a 1-0 lead against Eng with Wahab Riaz MoM for his 4 1st inngs wkts despite Yasir Shah’s 8 in the match. The leg-spinner moved up to 2nd in the ICC Test bowler rankings. Joe Root made 88 & 71 & returned to the top of the batting list, while Younis Khan rose to 5th – during his 118 he passed 9,000 Test runs. But spare a thought for tailender Imran Khan who’s yet to score his 1st run. He made 0no & after 7 Tests he’s still to get off the mark in any inngs. The 3rd & final Test begins Sun.

“SA won the deciding ODI v India to take the series 3-2. de Kock, du Plessis & de Villiers all hit 100s as they racked up 438-4 & won by 214 runs. AB de Villiers scored 3 tons in 5 matches & remains easily the world’s best ODI batsman.

“Best ODI bowler is again Mitchell Starc who took 3-39 & was Player of the Tournament as NSW bt SA by 9 wkts in the final of Aus’s domestic 50-over competition, The Matador Cup. Starc took 26 wkts in 6 matches at only 8.1 apiece.

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The Willow in the WIndies – innings no. 12

27th October 2015

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Episode 12 – Reviewing the Tests with Reds Perreira

Welcome to edition no.12 of The Willow in the WIndies.

After a week’s hiatus Reds and I convened again to review WIndies’ 2-0 defeat in the Tests with Sri Lanka – a series of missed opportunities, some good bowling performances and poor batting.

We discussed whether there will be any team changes, and I asked if the Caribbean had anyone better available? And could we see anyone force their way into the squad with good performances in the early stages of the regional 4-day tournament which gets underway shortly?

We reflected on Sir Garfield Sobers’ recent tearful comments about the current state of WI cricket and his implication that many players are not appearing with a love and passion for the region, but purely for fame and monetary gain.

On a happier note we saluted the success of WIndies’ Women’s team in the ODI series v Pakistan and elevation to joint top of the ICC’s rankings table alongside Australia.

We noted the news that Australia and South Africa are set to tour the Caribbean for a ODI tri-series next year; and that India are expected to fulfill their Test tour of the region in 2016 – and that presumably an understanding has been reached between the two Boards over the question of the USD$42m debt demand.

Reds expressed his worries over the absence of any news resolving the issues surrounding the suspension of Phil Simmons; and he highlighted the potential difficulty regarding Antigua’s labour laws.

Reds also spoke about the recent memorial service for Steve Camacho which he and many other important figures in WIndies cricket were able to attend.

And finally Reds and I shared our reservations about the use of the pink ball in cricket.

You can listen to the podcast here:

David Oram

“West Indies Regional Cricket – Raising Standards or Simply Spinning Tops in Mud!” by Colin Croft

26th October 2015

Patrolling the Boundary  – a view from the outfield

The important franchised Professional Cricket League regional 2015/6 four-day competition, obvious unofficial trial matches for Caribbean tours next year by probably India and South Africa, bowls off soon, so regional players and officials should be prepared and focused, raring to go.

Per West Indies Cricket Board’s announcement last year, this new format is geared at enhancing regional cricketing standards, which should also ultimately make WI teams stronger.

So, recently, I had an opportunity to speak to one regional official and to assess thought processes on our cricket.  But first, some background and appreciation too.

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The Willow in the WIndies – Previewing St Peter’s CC of the Vatican v The Archbishop of Canterbury’s XI with Rob Oram

20th October 2015

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Midweek Edition: Talking to Rob Oram – Previewing St Peter’s CC of the Vatican v The Archbishop of Canterbury’s XI

Welcome to this special edition of The Willow in the WIndies.

In a departure from the usual WIndies themed podcasts, I self-indulged in a chat with my brother, Rob Oram ahead of him featuring in the T20 rematch between St Peter’s CC of the Vatican v The Archbishop of Canterbury’s XI.

Rob steered the Anglicans to victory in the nail-biting inaugural encounter at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury last year; and the Catholics are hoping for revenge in Rome this weekend.

We looked ahead at the fixture and the events around it, including a tour of the Vatican; a service with His Holiness Pope Francis; and featuring on the BBC’s Songs of Praise.

You can listen to the podcast here:

David Oram

“West Indies Cricketers Need More Steel!” by Colin Croft

19th October 2015

Patrolling the Boundary  – a view from the outfield

West Indies v Sri Lanka 1st Test, at wonderfully reconstructed Galle Stadium, one of many important Sri Lankan venues totally devastated by that terrible tsunami on Boxing Day, 26 December 2004, which killed at least 250,000 people, one of the ‘top ten’ of all-time natural disasters, has produced a study in steely attitudes and massive recoveries akin to Lankan Tigers.

Steel, despite its widely varied usefulness, is not one of the specific ‘Periodic Table of Elements’, that table which is so essential to chemistry, physics and wealth, even construction. Instead, steel is a combination ‘alloy’ of elements in that table, mostly iron (Fe – Atomic No. 26) and carbon (C – Atomic No. 6), with other original trace elements from that ‘PTE’ thrown in.

Thus, steel is extremely hard, strong, and particularly tensile, with great flexibility and stretch ability, all characteristics that that wonderful alloy should share with cricketers.

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