Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Willow in the WIndies – innings no. 22

29th February 2016

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Episode 22 – Guyana Move Towards the Title

Welcome to edition no. 22 of The Willow in the WIndies.

This week Reds and I gathered to discuss the following:

The two most recent rounds of the regional 4-day competition, with particular attention to last week’s key encounter between Barbados & Guyana at Kensington Oval;

WIndies build-up to the World T20 competition, and their warm-up victory over Zimbabwe;

WIndies women’s successful ODI series v South Africa, and the development of Caribbean women’s cricket;

We touched briefly upon the queries surrounding Dr Vijay Mallya’s (the new owner of the Barbados Tridents) finances; the reported dissatisfaction of Sunil Narine with the TTCB regarding his troubles with his bowling action; the news that Chris Gayle is suing Fairfax Media over the reporting of his behaviour during the Big Bash in Australia; and the continuing war of words between the WICB and the Caricom heads of government, which have recently been commented upon by Tony Cozier.

We looked back at the recently concluded Test series between New Zealand and Australia, which saw the international retirement of Brendon McCullum, marked by his record-breaking fastest Test century, breaking Viv Richards’ record that has stood since 1986. We also commented upon the dissent shown by Josh Hazlewood towards an umpiring decision, and related this to the mooted introduction of red and yellow cards into cricket.

And finally, we noted the passing of Andy Ganteaume, WIndies’ oldest living Test cricketer; the 91st birthday of the now second oldest, Sir Everton Weekes; and discussed the now oldest living WI Test cricketer, Jamaica’s Roy Miller.

You can listen to the podcast here:

David Oram


Leap Year Events

23rd February 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 the odd ‘Did You Know?’ fact:

This week I was in Barbados, and provided the round-up live on the show, which you can listen to here.

“Thank you, Andrew, & may I say a big ‘hi’ to Ingrid & also to my great friends at The Rum Shop, especially Courtesy, who’s a big fan of this round-up; but do remember, we take our time here in Barbados, & don’t hurry to go ‘Around the World in 2‘:

“Aus appear to be on the verge of victory in the Christchurch Test, to wrap up a 2-0 series win. This, despite NZ Capt, Brendon McCullum hitting a new fastest Test hundred – his 54-ball century eclipsing Sir Viv Richards’ 56-ball ton v Eng in Antigua almost 30 yrs ago. McCullum’s world record came in his 101st & last Test, only 1 match after the rare disappointment of scoring a duck in his 100th Test. For Aus, Joe Burns hit 170 & Capt Steve Smith 138 – his 12th Test 100 since the start of 2014 – & Did You Know in that time he’s hit 2,829 runs at 78.5? A win takes Aus back to the top of the ICC Test rankings.

“SA bt Eng in both T20 intls ahead of March’s World Cup; although Eng’s women fared better, winning their series v SA 2-1. SA now play 3 ODIs in the ICC women’s championship v WI, beginning tonight. Meantime, India’s women bt SL 3-0, & are 1-0 up after the 1st of 3 T20s. Aus & NZ’s women are locked at 1-1 & are playing the decider as we speak.

“Elsewhere, in the Asia Cup in Bang, UAE topped the table in the preliminary stage, with Afghan 2nd, but the biggest controversy of the competition came when Oman’s Aamir Kalem ‘Mankaded’ Hong Kong’s best batsman, Mark Chapman – the run out helping Oman to a 5-run win. The tournament continues tonight with India, Pak, SL & Bang joining the fray.”  Continue reading

A Willow in the WIndies Xtra– A Report on the CPL Draft from Peter Miller

17th February 2016

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Midweek Edition: Talking to The Cricket Geek, Peter Miller – A Report from the CPL Draft.

Welcome to this extra edition of The Willow in the WIndies.

I was delighted to be joined by cricket podcasting royalty, the self-styled ‘Cricket Geek’, Peter Miller, host of the Geek & Friends podcast.

He’d just returned from the 2016 CPL Draft, held at The Concord Experience in Barbados, and he was able to share with me all his news and views from the event.

Peter also took the time to discuss his own thoughts upon the difficulties and challenges that face Caribbean cricket.

You can listen to Peter’s highly informative insights here:

David Oram

Light at the End of the Tunnel

16th February 2016

The Mason & Guests Show

This week’s edition of ‘Mason & Guests’ came directly from the Accra Beach Hotel in Barbados where the WICB were holding a reception to acclaim their returning U19 World Cup winners.

I was asked to write and record an introduction to the players for the beginning of the programme, which you can read below, and hear here.

The full edition of the show is available to listen to here.

Let’s be honest, these have been the darkest times for West Indies cricket.

Defeats, disasters, disputes, dissent – & a descant down to the depths of the ICC rankings tables have seen the Caribbean plunged into a prolonged gloom.

This programme has for the past 5 yrs asked over & again the perennial questions: ‘Have WI turned the corner?’; ‘Is there light at the end of the tunnel?’ Well, the corner may yet be a few turns away – but we’ve now seen that light.

If you. like me, rose early from your bed this weekend, at that darkest hour we finally saw it. It shone in bright young men, playing bright, effervescent cricket. Heroes that lit up an event, & 15,000 miles away from their loved ones, lit up their people too. Boys grew into men in the course of a few short weeks – & brought back home a World Cup, & renewed hope.

The names to be honoured are: Pope, Imlach, Carty, Springer, Goolie, Paul, Frew, John, Joseph, Holder; captained by Hetmeyer. But let’s not forget the contributions of Smith, Kallicharran, Crooks, Stewart & McCoy. Or the support staff: manager Gill & coaches West, Collymore & Drakes, & all the others who helped make this happen.

The Mason & Guests show salutes them all.

These young players share in a great glory for today, & a golden promise for the future.

Let us hope & pray they shine brightly & true for years to come.

David Oram

The Greatest Aus ‘Keeper & Greatest Ever ‘Keeper/Batsman

16th February 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, coming to you this week from England, taking you ‘Around the World in 2‘:

“Aus won the 1st Test in NZ by a whopping inngs & 52 runs. Usman Khwaja returned with a ton, & his 1st inngs scores in his last 5 Tests now reads: 174, 121, 144, dnb & 140. But he was outshone by Adam Voges, whose Test avg rose above a 100 before he was dismissed, & now stands at 97.46. His last 3 inngs realising 269no, 106no & 239. But Spare a Thought for NZ pace bowler, Doug Bracewell who bowled Voges on 7, only to be no-balled for over-stepping by English umpire Richard Illingworth – although replays showed he was mistaken & Bracewell’s delivery was legitimate. That umpiring error cost NZ 232 runs. The incident occurred only 2 months after fellow Englishman, Nigel Llong probably cost NZ the Adelaide Test with an erroneous 3rd umpiring decision. The 2nd & final Test begins on Fri. A draw or victory for Aus would see them go to no. 1 in the ICC Test rankings.

“SA came from 2-0 down to win the 5-match ODI series with Eng 3-2. Quinton de Kock topped the avgs with 81 including 2 centuries, but Did You Know that the 23-yr-old is the youngest ever to hit 10 ODI 100s? The 2 sides now play 2 T20 intls; meanwhile, Eng’s women won their 3-match ODI series v SA 2-1; & India’s women took the 1st game in their 3-match series v SL. Meantime, India’s men overcame SL 2-1 in their T20 series to maintain their no. 1 ICC ranking, & the 2 sides now feature in an 8-team Asia Cup T20 tournament alongside Pak, Bang, Afghan, UAE, Oman & Hong Kong, beginning on Fri as a warm-up for March’s T20 World Cup.”  Continue reading