Monthly Archives: March 2016

‘More than just a World T20 semi-final: The Historical Significance of West Indies v India’ – my match preview for First Post

31st March 2016

Prospects of Play – match previews

The 2016 ICC World T20 tournament

For First Post during the T20 World Cup I am covering and reporting on the West Indies.

Ahead of the big semi-final between India and West Indies, I looked back at previous encounters between the two sides.

Contests in 1976 and 1983 were defining points in each’s sporting history – and shaped the future of of that nation’s cricket.

You can read my match preview piece here.

And there are several more articles regarding the tournament, and features on many of the other sides here.

David Oram

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All the Elevens

29th March 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‘:

“WI’s men & women are both safely thru’ to the World T20 semi-finals; despite the odd hiccough or 2. Darren Sammy’s men incredibly lost their final qualifier to Afghanistan; while Stafanie Taylor’s ladies bounced back from a last ball, 1 wkt defeat by Eng to finish 2nd in their group. They now play NZ women in Mumbai on Thur; which is immediately followed by the men’s showdown with India at the same venue. The final is in Kolkata on Sunday.  Continue reading

Rangy Nanan tribute

29th March 2016

The Mason & Guests Show

Former Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies off-spinner, Rangy Nanan died last week aged 62 following a heart-attack. He had been in declining health for some time. The Mason & Guests show asked me to provide and record a brief tribute to him. You can read it below and listen to it here:

Spare a thought this week for the passing of Rangy Nanan, who died last Wednesday aged 62. One of the Caribbean’s finest off-spinners, he took 272 wickets for Trinidad & Tobago between 1973-1991, & 366 in all 1st-class cricket at 23.1 in 94 matches.

He played in a solitary Test match in Pakistan in 1980 & took 4 wickets: Imran Khan, Wasim Raja, Abdul Qadir & Iqbal Qasim, as West Indies won by 156 runs, & eventually won the 4-Test series 1-0.

But in an era when the West Indies were blessed with a plethora of great quicks, successive captains stuck rigidly to their 4-fast bowler game plan, & Nanan didn’t feature again – although he remains, uniquely, the only Test cricketer with a palindromic surname.

Rangy Nanan was generally regarded as the best spin bowler in the Caribbean throughout the 1980s, his best year being 1986 when he picked up 33 wickets in 6 games at 15.3.

He captained Trinidad & Tobago from 1984-1991, skippering them to the 1985 Shell Shield title, their only such triumph in a thirty-year period from 1976-2006. At the time of his retirement he was the all-time leading wicket-taker in the 1st-class regional competition.

Post-playing he was a policeman, a liaison officer for the West Indies cricket team, & he was inducted into the Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board’s Hall of Fame in 2015. TTCB President, Azim Bassarath said, “Rangy was one of a kind.”

Former West Indies manager, Omar Khan observed that Nanan was “a consumate professional… and a great servant to Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies cricket.”

While Brian Lara said, “I learnt a lot about the art of playing spin bowling from him,” adding, “I will miss him.”

In a press release the WICB expressed its regret at the passing of Nanan, and offered “condolences to his family and close friends”, sentiments echoed by Trinidad & Tobago’s Minister of Sport & Youth Affairs, the Honourable Darryl Smith.

The Mason & Guests show would like to add its thoughts and prayers to those mentioned, and salutes the memory of Rangy Nanan.

David Oram

‘Slick “Sunday Best” Afghanistan Outsmart Slack “Dress Down Sunday” West Indies’ – my match review of WI v Afghan for First Post

28th March 2016

When the Sawdust Settles – match reviews

The 2016 ICC World T20 tournament

For First Post during the T20 World Cup I am covering and reporting on the West Indies.

West Indies shockingly lost their last group match in the T20 World Cup – going down dramatically to Afghanistan.

Despite the result having no material effect upon the group placings – West Indies still finish at the head of Group 1 – the outcome was a thrilling upset; and one which many will hope helps towards Afghanistan playing more cricket at the full international level.

You can read my match review piece here.

And there are several more articles regarding the tournament, and features on many of the other sides here.

David Oram

‘West Indies display their legendary generosity, but England are the biggest beneficiary’ – my match review of WI v SA for First Post

26th March 2016

When the Sawdust Settles – match reviews

The 2016 ICC World T20 tournament

For First Post during the T20 World Cup I am covering and reporting on the West Indies.

West Indies booked their place in the semi-finals with a win over South Africa.

The WIndies’ excellent out-cricket restricted the Proteas to what appeared to be an insufficient total, but a stuttering performance with the bat left WI still needing 20 runs off the last 2 overs.

But they got over the line, and their win probably eliminates South Africa from the competition – and opens the door for England to follow them into the last four.

You can read my match analysis piece here.

And there are several more articles regarding the tournament, and features on many of the other sides here.

David Oram