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

5th November 2015

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Midweek Edition: Talking to Rob Oram – Reviewing 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 follow-up to my recent chat with my brother Rob ahead of the much-heralded Catholics v Anglicans T20 match, he joined me to review the game upon his return to the UK from Rome – and I asked him “where did it all go wrong?”

Rob blamed the free-flowing wine and excellent hospitality of their hosts as the architect of their defeat; not to mention thirty wides (which he did mention).

Rob also addressed such controversial issues as the potential value of a cricket bat signed by His Holiness; whether the humble son-of-a-carpenter would have crafted one of today’s hefty big six-hitting planks or a more silky and elegant piece of willow; and the wisdom of declining a BBC interview.

We discussed whether Pope Francis follows either the ‘mental disintegration’ philosophy of Steve Waugh, or the more traditional edicts of gamesmanship as propounded by Professor Stephen Potter; we debated whether Michaelangelo or Michael Oram was the artistic genius behind the painting of the ceiling of the Sistene Chapel; and pondered whether there is anything more nerve-racking than watching your namesake edge towards a Test hundred at Lord’s, with immortality on the MCC’s Honours Board beckoning?

Plans are already afoot for a deciding fixture between the respective faiths next season, possibly at the Home of Cricket, for the three trophies on offer.

The ‘highlights’ of this year’s game can be seen on Songs of Praise here.

And you can listen to our podcast here:

https://soundcloud.com/david-oram-2/13xtra-willow-in-the-windies-5-nov-2015

David Oram

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