9th 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 in Islamabad taking you ‘Around the World in 2‘:
“Today saw the 1st of 3 T20s between India & SL, & the 3rd SA-Eng ODI. An Eng victory would wrap things up, while SA needed a win to keep the 5-match series alive. Eng made a mighty impressive start, winning both games thanks to scores of 105 & 48no from Jos Buttler; his 2 previous inngs being 49no & 116no – that’s 318 runs for once out. & Did You Know that in Eng’s 1st game 399-9 all of the top 8 batsmen hit a 6 – the 1st time that’s happened in 3,732 ODIs? The 4th match is on Fri.
“Meantime, Eng’s women won the 1st of 3 ODIs v SA’s ladies; & down under, Aus’ ladies bt India’s 2-1.
“In NZ, skipper Brendan McCullum marked his final ODI with 47 off just 27 balls & clinched a 2-1 series win over Aus to retain the Chappell/Hadlee Trophy as the tourists collapsed from 153-4 to 191 all out in the decider. The teams now play 2 Tests beginning Fri.
“Staying in NZ, Spare a Thought for Dunedin junior side Taieri who were bowled out for a grand total of 1 by Kaikorai Valley. They lost 6 wkts in 6 balls in the 2nd over to 8-yr-old demon bowler, Luke Marsh – & all 6 were bowled. Metronomic Luke played down the achievement, saying he just concentrated on getting the ball on the wkts.
“Elsewhere, T20 intls in the United Arab Emirates ahead of the World Cup saw Holland bt the UAE; UAE bt Scotland; then Scotland bt Holland; while in Aus, Ire bt Papua New Guinea 3-0.
“& Don’t Forget overnight the U19 World Cup semi-final: in a tournament that’s seen a controversial ‘Mankading’; a team accused of having a 25-yr-old player; & SL’s Kamindu Mendis bowl with both his right & left arm in the same over, let’s hope WI triumph tonight & make Sunday’s final v India.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Today is the anniversary of the 1929 birth of Trinidad quick bowler Lennox ‘Bunny’ Butler, who took 2-151 as Aus made 600-9 dec in his only Test in 1955 – but he did have the satisfaction of getting the wkt of the great Arthur Morris. Bunny Butler died in 2009 aged 80.
“Tomorrow is the 75th birthday of former Test batsman & umpire, John Hampshire. With 107 v WI in 1969 he became the 1st Englishman to score a hundred on Test debut at Lord’s. 20 yrs later in 1989 alongside Barbados’ John Holder the pair became the 1st neutral intl umpires when they officiated all 4 Tests between Pak & India.
“Also celebrating his 75th on Fri is NZ all-rounder Ross Morgan who played 20 Tests between 1965-72; his last appearances being in WI when in 3 Tests he scored 2, 4 & 2 & took 1 wkt for 130.
“Other birthdays this week include Guyana’s Clayton Lambert, who’s 54 tomorrow; Michael Carew, son of Joey, is 50 the same day; & from Barbados, Peter Lashley is 79 on Thurs; Milton Small is 52 on Fri; & Thelston Payne is 59 on Sat.
“Sat is also the 38th birthday of the BCA’s Director of Cricket, Steven Leslie. The 1st holder of the post & probably the Caribbean’s youngest current key cricket administrator, he brings experience & expertise gained from his previous roles, including Sports Co-ordinator at UWI’s Cave Hill Campus; managing the CCC’s team; & as a regular panelist & occasional host of the ‘Mason & Guests’ show.
“& finally, Mon will be the 60th birthday of Barbados & WI Legend, Desmond Haynes. Scorer of over 16,000 intl runs with 35 centuries, and over 40,000 in top-class cricket between 1977-1997, he also took 1 solitary Test wkt, dismissing Sarfraz Nawaz at Lahore in 1980. Haynes played 354 matches for the WI, captaining them 11 times. Mike Selvey spoke of his ‘solid muscularity’ & ‘broad smile’, & said ‘happiness pervaded his cricket, but it was joy underpinned by a ruthless streak… you did not become as good as he was by being a softie.’ A member of the 1979 World Cup winning side, he is also 1 of only 2 men to score 100s in both their 1st & last ODI. Post-playing, Desmond has been Chairman of Selectors of the BCA, Secretary of WIPA, a Director of the WICB, Chairman of the National Sports Council, a government senator, & President of Carlton Cricket Club – whose ground, The Desmond Haynes Oval was renamed in his honour. His name also sits alongside long-time opening batting partner, Gordon Greenidge on the Greenidge & Haynes stand at Kensington Oval. I hope sometime soon we will see his name further elevated to the title Sir Desmond Haynes.
“Until next time, this has been ‘Around the World in 2′ with David Oram.”
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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.