8th 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‘:
“India won the Asia Cup in Bang, defeating the hosts in the final by 8 wkts in a game reduced by rain to 15 ovs-a-side. But Spare a Thought for the match referee, New Zealand’s Jeff Crowe, who we join in mourning the death this week of his younger brother, Martin. India won every match in the short competition & go into the ICC World T20 as the no. 1 ranked side, with home advantage, & as firm favourites. The qualifying round of the tournament got underway today & saw HK play Zim & Afghan face Scot. WI’s 1st game is v Eng on Wed Mar 16th.
“Elsewhere, SA are level at 1-1 with Aus in their warm-up series with the decider tomorrow. Meanwhile, SA’s women are also locked at 1-1 with WI’s women with their deciding T20 also on Wed. WI women have climbed to no. 2 in the ICC’s T20 rankings, & we congratulate them on their continuing success.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Today is the 70th birthday of Pak off-spinner, Mohammad Nazir. He appeared in 14 Tests between 1969-83 & a further 4 as umpire from 1997-2000. On WI’s 1980 tour of Pak he took 16 wkts at 17.6 as WI won the Test series 1-0.
“Lots of Trini birthdays & anniversaries this week: Rayad Emrit is 35 today; as is Samuel Badree tomorrow; Denesh Ramdin is 31 on Sun; while 1975 World Cup winner Bernard Julien is 66 the same day. Sun also marks the 1904 birth of Clifford Roach; while also in 1904, Edwin St Hill was born 112 yrs ago on Wed; & Fri sees 95 yrs since the 1921 birth of Jeff Stollmeyer.
“Other dates of note are the 1906 birth on Thur of Barbados’ Barto Bartlett; the 56th birthday of WI selector, Antigua’s Eldine Baptiste on Sat; & the 45th birthday of Jamaica’s Robert Samuels on Sun.
“Sat will be 10 yrs to the day since one of the most remarkable ODIs in history in Johannesburg. Aus posted the immense total of 434-4, the highest ever at that time – & lost. Ricky Ponting’s 164 off 105 balls was eclipsed by Herschelle Gibbs’ 175 from 111 balls as SA won by 1 wkt with 1 ball left. 87 4s & 26 6s were hit that day – the most ever. But Did You Know that Aus seamer Mick Lewis finished with figs of 10-0-113-0? – the worst in history.
“10 yrs earlier this coming Mon saw a better outcome for Aus – at WI’s expense. The 1996 World Cup semi-final calamity is one the Caribbean has never forgotten. They collapsed from 165-2 in pursuit of 208 to win as nos. 5-11 in the order scored: 2, 1, 2, 0, 3, 2 & 0 – leaving devastated skipper, Richie Richardson 49no as Aus won by 5 runs. The fact they subsequently lost the final to SL was of little consolation.
“& finally, Mon would also have been the 50th birthday of SA fast bowler, Tertius Bosch – had he lived. He played just a single Test – SA’s 1st upon readmission in 1992 at Bridgetown, which WI famously won when the visitors lost their last 8 wkts for 25 in pursuit of a victory target of 201. Bosch took 3 wkts: Brian Lara, Phil Simmons & Patrick Patterson, but didn’t feature in any more intl cricket. He played his last 1st-class match in 1998 & pursued his career as a qualified dentist – his patients coincidentally including an old flat-mate of mine in London named John Sinden. Less than 2 yrs later Bosch was dead – apparently of the rare viral infection Guillain-Barre syndrome – but allegations emerged that he had in fact been poisoned by his wife, whom he’d suspected of infidelity & had employed private detectives to investigate. His body was exhumed, but tests proved inclusive. The case is still reportedly unresolved, & the exact circumstances of Tertius Bosch’s death remain a mystery to this day.
“Until next time, this has been ‘Around the World in 2′ with David Oram.”
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.