14th 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 ODI v India by 5 runs, despite 150 from Rohit Sharma. AB de Villiers was MoM for his 104no from 73 balls.
“The 1st Test between Pak & Eng started today; while Zim began Tues’ 3rd ODI v Ire with an unassailable 2-0 lead. Craig Ervine top-scored for the hosts in both games with 60 & 101no.
“Elsewhere, Aus’ Brett Lee stars in a new movie, UnIndian, an unlikely cross-cultural romantic comedy; while NZ’s Chris Cairns stars in a high-profile London court case accused of perjury. He faces a possible 7-yr jail term if found guilty.
“But spare a thought for fans in New York wanting to see Lara, Ambrose & Walsh in the much-publicised Warne & Tendulkar all-star T20 match. To watch them & McGrath, Murilitharan, Akram, Kallis, Ponting, Haydn & Haddin patrons have to shell out up to $350 & brave a temperature of 8-10 degrees. As Ian Chappell said of the venture: “I thought the point of retiring was to not actually play anymore?”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Today Alvin Corneal is 78. He played for Trinidad sides from 1959-77 & scored over 2,000 runs at 32.8. But he was more celebrated as a footballer: described as “something special” he scored over 50 goals for his country; was in the team that took Bronze at the 1967 Pan American Games; & also appeared for Guyana, Barbados & St Vincent. Later as national coach he won 22, drew 2 & lost only 4 times – winning the Caribbean Nations Cup in 1982. He was also gifted at golf, hockey & table-tennis. In 2012 he was named one of T&T’s 50 Sporting Legends; he was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1987; awarded a silver Hummingbird medal in 2009; & a Republic Day Award in 2011. He was Special Advisor to the Minister of Sport from 1987-91; helped re-write the T&TCB constitution; & succeeded Sir Frank Worrell as Director of Sports at the University of the West Indies from 1968-73. He’s been a writer, broadcaster, commentator, columnist, coach, administrator & FIFA representative. He’s also been a vocal critic of WI cricket. Recently he accused the WICB of “a lack of professionalism”; said that WI “has been one of the most indisciplined teams for the longest while”; & asked “where do we go from here?”
“Other birthdays: UWI’s present Director of Sports at Cave Hill, former Barbados & England cricketer, & Stevenage footballer, Roland Butcher is 62 tomorrow. Meanwhile, another England cricketer from Barbados, Gladstone Small is 54 on Sun. Also with a Sun birthday is Antigua’s George Ferris who’ll be 51. In 1983 he struck Roland a fearful blow that threatened his career & his eyesight – but Butcher bravely bounced back, enjoying his most prolific season in 1984.
“Other former players with birthdays are former WI WK, Manager & Chairman of Selectors, & regular contributor to Mason & Guests, St Vincent’s Mike Findlay – who is 72 on Mon; & Sunil Dhaniram who played for Guyana from 1993-95, but had more success with Canada, playing in 44 ODIs including 2007’s Caribbean World Cup. But Did You Know that his brother, Sudesh, who also played for Guyana, went on to play for the United States? The brothers played against each other when USA bt Canada in an ICC World Cricket League game in 2008. Sunil will be 47 on Sat.
“Also on Sat, on the 4th day of the Test, it’ll be the 50th birthday of one of SL’s greatest batsmen – Aravinda de Silva. He scored over 15,000 intl runs with 31 centuries between 1984-2003 & was MoM for his 107no when he took his country to victory in the 1996 World Cup Final.
“Current players with birthdays include Ravi Rampaul who’s 31 on Thur; Montserrat & Leeward Islands’ Quinton Boatswain is 25 on Fri; & Red Steel’s Jacques Kallis turns 40 the same day. The SAfrican retired from Tests with over 13,000 runs, 292 wkts & 200 cts. Statistically, he may be the best all-rounder – but for ability, artistry & genius Sir Garfield Sobers remains unrivalled.
“& finally, anniversaries: tomorrow marks the 1858 birth of Englishman Harry Mallett who was WI Manager of their 2nd, 3rd & 4th tours of the UK in 1906, 1923 & 1928. He played 1 match of 1st-class cricket in 1901 – & was bowled for 8 by WG Grace.
“& Thurs would’ve been the 70th birthday of Steve Camacho who died last week. An opening batsman whose father, grandfather & uncle all played for British Guiana, he debuted v the Aus tourists of 1965, facing McKenzie & Hawke; & faced Barbados’ Marshall, Garner & Clarke in his last game in 1979. He scored over 4,000 1st-class runs at 34.8 & played 11 Tests avging 29. On the 1969 Eng tour he topped the WI Test avgs with 46.7; but on the 1973 tour had to return home after only 2 games when his cheekbone was fractured by a young Andy Roberts playing for Hants. But Camacho’ s great legacy was as an administrator. He was team manager & selector; & secretary & then CEO of the WICB from 1982-2000 – running it almost single-handedly in the early days from an office in Bridgetown, until, under his guidance the organisation built itself up & relocated to Antigua. WICB President Dave Cameron described him as “a true stalwart, champion & leader of the game”; while the Guyana Cricket Board said “the remarkable Stephen Camacho will always be remembered”.
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.