12th January 2016
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 & Eng drew the 2nd Test at Cape Town, which was marked on the 4th day by Temba Bavuma’s 1st Test century for SA by a black African; & on the 5th by the resignation of capt Hashim Amla. AB deVilliers takes over for the 3rd Test at Johannesburg on Thur. Eng lead the 4-match series 1-0.
“NZ won both T20 intls v SL, whose defeats see them drop down the ICC rankings, with WI replacing them as the world’s top T20 side. NZ now play Pak in 2 T20s starting Fri.
“Aus bt Ind in the 1st of 5 ODIs today at the WACA; while in the Big Bash the Perth Scorchers & Adelaide Strikers currently top the table. Chris Lynn is the leading run-scorer thus far, & with 13 wkts Andre Russell is best bowler. Meanwhile, Chris Gayle has come under fire again, this time from Ricky Ponting, who described Gayle’s turning down of an easy single in today’s match for the Renegades as ‘the most unbelievable, ridiculous cricket I’ve ever seen’. He was out next ball.
“Elsewhere, Afghan bt Zim 3-2 in the ODI series in Shahjah, & followed up with wins in both T20s. Zim now head to Bang to play 4 more T20s. Afghan’s 50-over victory took them into the top 10 of the ICC’s ODI rankings for the 1st time, ahead of Zim & Ire, & they’re now only 1 place below WI. The win inspired widespread jubilation – but spare a thought for the fan who died in the aftermath: accidentally shot & killed by 1 of the 1000s dancing & firing their guns in celebration.
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Today is Sir Richie Richardson’s 54th birthday. The Antiguan hit over 12,000 intl runs between 1983-96 with 21 tons, including 9 in Tests v Aus, & captd WI well over a 100 times. Sir Richie stood down as Team Manager after the recent tour of Aus to be an ICC Intl Match Referee, & the WI players presented him with a handsome signed bat as a token of their thanks & appreciation.
“Our other featured birthday this week is on Sat – which is the 60th of Barbados’ ‘Black Diamond’, Wayne Wendell Daniel. Coach, commentator, broadcaster – but best remembered as a bowler of sustained pace & hostility – he took over a thousand wkts in a 1st-class career spanning 1976-88, of which 685 were for Middx in Eng where he is still revered & loved as one of the county’s true greats. His fellow opening-bowling partner, Mike Selvey said of Daniel that ‘from wickedly just-back-of-a-length, he bowled the heaviest of balls, which jarred the bat sufficiently to loosen a batsman’s fillings’. Middx capt Mike Brearley tells a lovely story of how he once coaxed an important spell from the St Phillip quick late in the day: he spotted a pretty girl in the crowd he didn’t know, but convinced Daniel that she was a friend of his, & promised Wayne an introduction to her if he could keep it up till the close of play. Thus inspired, he naturally did.
“Our 1st featured anniversary this week is this coming Sun, which would’ve been the 90th birthday of Barbados & WI Legend, Sir Clyde Walcott. The youngest of the 3 Ws, he died aged 80 just under 10 yrs ago in Aug 2006. A phenomenal batsman with a staggering 15 100s in 44 Test Matches at an avg of 56, Did You Know that in a 2-yr period between 1953-55 he scored 1,329 runs in 12 Tests at 94.9 with 8 100s? Walcott is also the only man in Test cricket history to have alongside his runs both more than 10 wkts as a bowler & 10 stumpings as a WK.
“& finally, Mon sees the centenary of the birth in 1916 of Yorks & Eng’s Alec Coxon. A fiery fast-medium bowler & character – who was known to sometimes deliberately aim his bowling at a batsman’s box – he played 1 Test for Eng in 1948. On the field he thought he had Bradman plumb lbw for 0, but The Don was given not out; & off the field he’s said to have had a fight in the changing rooms with Denis Compton. Dropped by Eng, he later played for Durham, but was sacked after an incident on a wet pitch. He called for sawdust when bowling, & when asked by a naive young groundsman’s helper where he’d like it, he instructed him to deposit the lot on a good length! The match was cancelled & so was Coxon’s contract. His career was short & abrupt, but nonetheless his fame spread to the Caribbean, where a schoolboy named Clement Dodd was nicknamed after him – & thus one of Jamaica’s greatest & most influential ska & reggae record producers was thereafter known universally as Sir Coxsone.
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.