1st 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, safely returned to Islamabad, taking you ‘Around the World in 2‘:
“With the ICC World T20 just around the corner, & the 1st qualifying matches taking place a week today, everyone’s preparing for the tournament. In the Asia Cup in Bang, India lead the way in the pts table, starting with 2 wins in 2 games, ahead of the hosts with 2 wins in 3 games, then SL & Pak both with 1 win & 1 loss, & UAE bottom with 3 defeats. The final will be on Sun.
“On Fri, SA & Aus play the 1st of 3 T20 intls, while SA’s women play the 1st of 3 T20s with WI, WI’s women having won the ODI series 2-1. Meantime, NZ’s women are 2-0 up with 1 to play in their 3-match T20 series with Aus, Aus’s women having won the ODI series 2-1; & India’s women followed up a 3-0 ODI win over SL with a similar scoreline in the T20 series.
“Elsewhere, Spare a Thought for Englishman, Allan Smith, who learnt the hard way just how seriously some Aussies they take their cricket, even at the lowest competitive level, when he was Mankaded in a local 8th grade 40-over club match in Melbourne. The Newton & Chilwell batsman was run out when his side were already 24-3 in pursuit of Newcomb & District’s mammoth 330. The 58-yr-old was non-striker at the time to 70-yr-old local legend, Neville Crane when the incident occurred – who said in his 62 yrs of playing he’d never seen such a thing. He added: ‘I thought about walking off, but then I thought it would be stooping to that sort of level… that’s not the way Australians play their sport.’ The ruthless bowler was Josh Buckle, a breakfast radio personality, actor & comedian. He declined to comment, but finished with figs of 3-16 from his 8 ovs as Newcomb won by 207 runs.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“A quiet week on the birthday front. Thur is the 32nd of Shawn Findlay, who featured in 9 ODIs & 2 T20s for WI in 2008/09; & Fri is the 78th birthday of Trinidad umpire Mohammad Hosein, who officiated in 2 ODIs in 1988/89; meanwhile, colleagues Dalton Holder of Barbados, who umpired Bridgetown’s ODI v Aus in March 1995, will be 63 on Sun; & the same day Jamaica’s Antonio Gaynor, who stood in 6 ODIs in 1986, will be 70.
“On Sat, Montego Bay’s Dwight Washington, who played 1 Test in 2005, will be 33; & on Sun, Kieron Powell, who signalled a return to Caribbean cricket with his inclusion in the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots squad for the 2016 CPL after his failed attempt to break into baseball in the USA, will be 26. The left-handed opener has appeared 50 times for WI across 3 formats, but has yet to pass 2,000 runs at an avg of 27 with only 3 100s – although 2 of those were in the same Test v Bang in 2012 – becoming only the 8th West Indian to achieve that feat.
“& finally, Sun would also have been the 60th birthday of Peter Roebuck, had he lived. A former Cambridge blue & Somerset batsman, he enjoyed greater admiration later in Aus as a journalist & commentator. The author of several well-written bks, he was acknowledged as one of the game’s foremost thinkers & analysts. In 2011, while in SA, he came under investigation for alleged serious sexual offences & was reported to have thrown himself to his death from his hotel balcony during police questioning. The events of his life, & circumstances of his suicide, were recently examined in an acclaimed new bk co-authored by his former ABC radio colleague, Tim Lane.
“In 1986, Roebuck was instrumental as Somerset capt in the release from the county of both Viv Richards & Joel Garner. In protest, team-mate, Ian Botham also departed the club. In a recent interview, Richards, who is 64 on Mon, recognised the contribution of Roebuck alongside those more illustrious names as being a ‘huge part’ of the most successful period of Somerset’s history, as they won 5 trophies between 1979-83 – their 1st since their foundation in 1875. But Did You Know, that having debuted for them in 1974, Sir Viv scored over 22,000 runs for them with 58 centuries?
“Until next time, this has been David Oram with ‘Around the World in 2′.”
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.