26th 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 won the final Test today, though Eng won the series 2-1. Kagiso Rabada was MoM for his 13 wkts; while opener Stephen Cook became the 100th man to score a century on Test debut. Ironically, his father, Jimmy Cook was out 1st ball off the 1st of the match on his debut in 1992. Former capt Hashim Amla almost hit a 100 in each inngs, while current skipper AB deVilliers bagged a pair. Did You Know that was only the 2nd pair of ducks for a SA capt, following Louis Tancred v Eng in 1912? AB’s now scored 0 in each of his last 3 inngs. Eng wore black armbands in respect for Jack Bannister, the former cricketer, administrator, writer & broadcaster who’s died aged 85. For W’wicks he played with Rohan Kanhai & Lance Gibbs, & in 1966 was in the side that bt Worcs in the Gillette Cup Final at Lord’s, alongside Dr Rudi Webster. Bannister was later instrumental in the formation of the Professional Cricketers’ Association & was a prominent radio & TV commentator. When covering the 1995 tour of SA he wrote that Eng would win & he’d eat his words if they didn’t. They lost – but Jack was as good as his word – he duly consumed his newspaper column.
“Staying in SA, former ODI & T20 intl Gulam Bodi has been banned from all cricket for 20 yrs after admitting involvement in match-fixing in the Ram Slam tournament. This comes less than a week after former SL batsman & curator of the Galle stadium, Jayamanda Warnaweera was suspended by the ICC for failing to co-operate in an Anti-Corruption Unit investigation.
“Elsewhere, Zim won the 3rd & 4th T20s v Bang to share the series 2-2; & NZ won the 3rd T20 v Pak to win the series 2-1. Yesterday, in the 1st of 3 ODIs they recovered from 99-6 to post 280-8 & eventually won by 70 runs. But spare a thought for left-arm quick bowler Mitch McClenaghan who suffered a hairline fracture above his left eye when an Anwar Ali bouncer burst through his helmet.
“In Aus, Ind won the 5th & final ODI to end the host’s 18-match home winning streak, but still lost the series 4-1. Today’s T20 intl was the 1st of 3 between the 2 sides. Whilst in the 1st Women’s T20 today, Ind upset Aus with a 5-wkt win.
“Meanwhile, the Big Bash finals saw the men’s & women’s events won by the Sydney Thunder – & both sides featured a victorious Jamaican: Andre Russell for the boys, & Stafanie Taylor for the girls.
“& don’t forget that tomorrow the U19 World Cup gets underway. WI’s 1st match is v Eng on Fri to be followed by group games against Fiji & Zim.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Just a couple of featured birthdays & 1 anniversary this week. Today is the birthday of Patrick Browne, who like this show’s host is a Bayfield man, born there 34 yrs ago. He played 5 ODIs for WI in 2008, keeping wkt in 3, & achieved a respectable avg of 33.5.
“Fri marks 25 yrs since the abandonment of a dull Duleep Trophy final in India, which ended in violence: following 1st inngs scores of 729-9 dec & 561 all out, North Zone were 59-0 when West Zone bowler, Rashid Patel attacked both openers with a stump – & then pursued Raman Lamba around the outfield after he retaliated with his bat. The crowd joined in & pelted the players with stones. The match was abandoned; Patel was banned for 13 months, & Lamba for 10. 7 yrs later Lamba was tragically killed when struck on the head while fielding at short leg in a club match.
“& finally, Fri is the 65th birthday of fast-bowling legend, Sir Andy Roberts. The man Michael Holding regarded as the ‘daddy’ of the great WI fast bowling attack of the 1970s & 80s, Roberts took 202 wkts in 47 Tests at 25 – & well over a thousand in professional cricket at 20. Mike Selvey described him as ‘deadpan & deadly. Wkt or boundary, not a flicker of emotion would be evident save a gunslinger’s narrowing of the eyes. He kept his emotions in check. But under the veneer was an intelligent cricketer with a fertile brain, plotting & planning the downfall of batsmen as if it were a military campaign.’ Sir Andy won World Cup winners medals in 1975 & 1979, was knighted in 2014, & has been a coach, selector, groundsman & regular contributor to the ‘Mason & Guests’ show.
“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.