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.
“Elsewhere, in Aus, Victoria look set to secure the Sheffield Shield with a likely victory over South Australia in the final; while in NZ, Auckland have claimed the Plunket Shield.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“75 yrs ago today, Clem John was born in Dominica. He played 15 1st-class games between 1961-69 & hit 77 for the Windward Islands against the touring Aus of 1965 in Grenada.
“Today is also the 21st birthday of Guyana’s Gudakesh Motie. The slow-left-armer took 40 wkts at 13.5 in just 7 matches in the regional 4-day competition, & topped the bowling avgs.
“Also with birthdays this week are Guyana’s Sewnarine Chattergoon who played 4 Tests for WI in 2008, who’s 35 on Sun; & a Jamaican trio of Arthur Barrett, who’s 72 next Mon, & played 6 Tests between 1971-75; Easton McMorris, who featured in 13 Tests between 1958-66, is 81 the same day; & Uton Dowe, who’s 67 today, & appeared in 4 Tests between 1971-73. The fast bowler had such a poor time of it in his final Test v Aus, returning match figs of 1-168, that the Sabina Park crowd erected a banner proclaiming an 11th commandment: ‘Dowe shall not bowl.’
“Another Jamaican quick who had an even more tragic finale was Leslie Hylton, who was born 111 yrs ago today. In 1955, he was executed for the murder of his wife.
“Sat is the 70th birthday of NZ left-armer Richard Collinge. He had a long, weird-angled run-up, heading in from the long-on boundary, & took 116 Test wkts between 1965-78. But Did You Know that for over 30 yrs he held the record for the highest Test score by a no. 11? His 68no v Pak in 1973 was unsurpassed until overtaken by Zaheer Khan’s 75 in 2004. Tino Best broke that record with 95 v Eng in 2012; & a yr later, Ashton Agar passed Tino’s fig with 98 on his Test debut v Eng.
“Sun is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Hampden Cox, who played twice for Barbados in 1887, & whose younger brother, Percy was a member of WI’s 1st touring party to Eng in 1900.
“Sun is also the centenary of the 1916 birth of Clifford Gladwin. He played 8 Tests for Eng between 1947-49, & took over 15 hundred 1st-class wkts for Derbys in a 20-yr career, interrupted by WWII. But his most famous moment was as a batsman, when he made 7 no at no. 11 in the 1st Test v SA of 1948/9, scrambling a leg-bye off the final ball of the last over of the match to take Eng to a 1 wkt win.
“& finally, Sun would’ve been the 80th birthday of infamous Pakistani umpire, Shakoor Rana, who died in 2001 aged 65. He stood in 18 Tests from 1975-96, nearly coming to blows with NZ skipper, Jeremy Coney in 1984 over his dubious decision-making. But he was most renowned for his altercation with Eng capt Mike Gatting in 1987. Late on the 2nd day of the Faisalabad Test, Rana stopped the game & accused Gatting of cheating, believing he was surreptitiously moving his field without the batsman’s knowledge. A heated exchange erupted between the 2, amidst strong words & much furious finger-pointing – images that were transmitted around the world. Play was halted for the day; & the following day, Rana refused to continue without an apology. Gatting declined to do so, & the Pakistan team declined to continue the match without Rana. The stand-off was resolved the next day when, under instruction from the English cricket board, & under protest, Gatting scribbled a hand-written note expressing regret. The match was drawn, & Eng lost the series. Gatting was sacked as capt less than 6 months later – & the incident was a huge step towards the introduction of neutral Test umpires. Rana, nonetheless, treasured Gatting’s scrawl – and for the rest of his life kept it under his pillow.
“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.