6th 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‘:
“SA won the 1st 2 T20s v India, JP Duminy top-scoring in both for the visitors. The 2nd game was marred by ugly scenes, with the home fans demonstrating their anger at India’s poor performance of 92 all out by showering the outfield with plastic bottles causing the match to be suspended. The 3rd T20 is Thurs followed by 5 ODIs & 4 Tests.
“Pak won the deciding ODI v Zim to take the series 2-1 having already won both T20s. MoM Bilal Asif with 5-25 span Zim from 89-0 to 161 all out while MoS Shoaib Malik led Pak home with 34no to follow his previous 96no & 31. Zim now host Ire in 3 ODIs beginning Fri followed by 5 ODIs & 2 T20s v Afghan who’ve apptd former Pak capt Inzamam-ul-Haq their Head Coach. Pak now face Eng in 3 Tests beginning next Tue.
“Meanwhile Pak’s women, who soon tour the Caribbean, bt Bang in both ODIs & both T20s. The ICC initiated rankings for the intl women’s teams with Aus on top, WI 5th, Pak 7th & Bang 9th.
“Staying in Bang, pace bowler Shahadat Hossain was imprisoned for allegedly assaulting his 11 yr-old housemaid. He’d been on the run for a month until he surrendered to police yesterday.
“Meanwhile, SA women’s tour of Bang has been called off only days after the cancellation of Aus’s tour there following security concerns. Aus’ players are now featuring in their domestic 50-over tournament, the Matador Cup. So spare a thought for Cricket Australia’s Academy XI who came up against a full-strength NSW, who made 338-3 with Capt Steve Smith hammering 143no & then Mitchell Starc took 6-25 as the students were bowled out for 59 & lost by 279 runs.
“Spare a thought also for Lindsay Kline, Aus’ left-arm wrist-spinner who died on Fri aged 81. He played in 13 tests between 1957-61, his last 2 in the great 1960/61 series v WI. He faced the final ball of the legendary tied Test at Brisbane when the final pair needed 1 to win – but his partner Ian Meckiff was run out by Joe Solomon. & it was Kline with Ken Mackay who held out for the last wkt for 100 mins to save the match & deny WI victory in the 4th Test at Adelaide.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Aus’ capt in ’60/61 was the incomparable Richie Benaud, who died in Apr & would’ve been 85 today. The magnificent sportmanship, spirit & friendship between him & Sir Frank Worrell personified the series & helped make it, as Tony Cozier recently said, ‘the greatest of them all’. In remembrance of their contribution to the game & in recognition of how they as a pair symbolised the strong cricketing bond between the 2 nations I recently suggested to the WICB that they consider with Cricket Australia renaming the Sir Frank Worrell Trophy the Worrell/Benaud Trophy.
“Also born on this date, but also sadly no longer with us is Benaud’s long-time colleague in the Channel 9 commentary box, Tony Greig who died in 2012.
“Current players with birthdays this week include Dwayne Bravo who’s 32 tomorrow; William Perkins who’s 29 on Thur; & Omar Phillips who’s also 29 on Monday.
“Among former WI cricketers Guyana’s Reon King is 40 today; team-mate Mahendra Nagamootoo celebrates his 40th on Fri; while for T&T Dave Mohammad is 36 on Thur; Prince Bartholomew is 76 on Fri; & Sat marks the 1919 birth of that key member of the victorious 1950 WI side, Gerry Gomez.
“Other anniversaries this week are the 1893 birth on Mon of Jamaica’s Freddie Martin who opened the batting in WI 1st ever Test in 1928 & top-scored in the 1st inngs; team-mate in that game, all-rounder Snuffy Browne whose 1890 birth is marked on Thur; & fellow Barbadian Clairmonte Depeiaza, whose 1928 birth we remember on Sat. But Did You Know that in his 5 Tests at different times he batted at no.3, opened the bowling & kept wkt?
“& 2 of WI’s Bajan 1975 World Cup winners also have anniversaries this week: Keith Boyce, who spanked a brisk 34 & then took 4-50 in that match was born in 1943 on Sun – & tragically died on the same date in 1996 on his 53rd birthday; while fellow seamer Vanburn Holder will be 70 on Sat. He took 3-30 in the ’75 semi-final v NZ, went wktless in the final but chipped in with 6no & ran out Max Walker with a direct hit. Van took 109 wkts in 40 Tests in 10 yrs between 1969-79 & then spent over 20 yrs as a 1st-class umpire in Eng from 1988-2010.
“& finally let’s remember Steve Camacho, the former Test batsman & later secretary & CEO of the WICB who lost his battle with cancer in the early hrs of Sat. I’ll have more to say about his singular achievements to acknowledge what would’ve been his 70th birthday on Oct 15th next time.
Until then, 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.