Sir Andy Roberts introduction

9th February 2016

The Mason & Guests Show

Sir Andy Roberts was the featured studio guest on this week’s edition of ‘Mason & Guests’.

I was asked to write and record an introduction to the great man, which you can read below, and hear here.

The full edition of the show should soon become available to listen to here.

Tonight’s principal guest in the studio is a legend of the game who played over a hundred times for the West Indies between 1974-1983, taking more than 300 international wickets at 24, over 200 of those in 47 Tests.

The leader of WIndies’ devastating fast-bowling quartet of the 1970s & 80s; the spearhead of the attack; the man captain, Clive Lloyd turned to first; and whom Michael Holding regarded as the ‘daddy’ of that awesome four-pronged pace unit.

A deadly, truly fast bowler, described by Cricinfo as ‘poker-faced. lithe and merciless’; reckoned by Imran Khan as the quickest bowler he ever faced, and by Sunil Gavaskar as simply the best.

He was a World Cup winner in 1975 and 1979, and his match-winning last wicket partnership of 64 with Deryck Murray to steer West Indies past Pakistan into the 1975 semi-final was recently described by Reds Perreira as the greatest fightback he ever witnessed in cricket.

Subsequently a selector, coach, groundsman and analyst, our featured panelist recently turned 65 and was the first Antiguan to play Test cricket; and was knighted for his services in February 2014 alongside Sir Richie Richardson and Sir Curtly Ambrose at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium.

We are of course talking about the great, Sir Andy Roberts.

David Oram

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