3rd May 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‘:
“In the new ICC Test rankings, Aus remain at no.1, with India 2nd, Pak 3rd, Eng 4th & NZ 5th. SA dropped a dramatic 17 pts & 3 places from 3rd to 6th. SL are 7th; & 8th placed WI are now only 8 pts ahead of Bang in 9th. WI have dropped 11 pts, while Bang gained 10.
“In the IPL, Gujarat Lions are top & Kings XI Punjab bottom – despite Kings XI’s upset win over the Lions on Sun. Virat Kohli is top run scorer with 433 & Mitch McClenaghan leading wkt taker with 13.
“In Pak, Younis Khan got over his sulk & returned to capt Giggly Boom Boom Bubble Gum KPK to victory over Cookania Cake Rusk Punjab in the final of the Cool Cool National One Day Cup. Younis was fined 50% of his match fee for storming out of the tournament, & was made to apologise twice to the PCB before being allowed to play again.
“Elsewhere, Spare a Thought for Scottish Club Kilmarnock, who’ve been thrown out of the 1st division of the Western District Cricket Union for fielding 2 ineligible players. The news made headlines because they were the 16 & 18 yr-old sons of intl elite panel umpire Aleem Dar. They played under false names, claiming to be from Glasgow, & not overseas players. The scheme was devised by Kilmarnock’s vice-president who’s since resigned. The 164-yr-old club promised to bounce back, saying: ‘We have fought back from fire, flood & countless other setbacks since 1852.’ Meanwhile, umpire Dar was at pains to deny his boys were in any way from Scotland: ‘Both have Pakistani passports & they’re proud to be Pakistanis. We have no doubt about that at any level,’ he said.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Today is the 55th birthday of Julian Charles. He played in 46 matches for the Windward Islands & was the 1st St Lucian to score a 1st-class hundred. Post-playing he’s been Chairman of Selectors of the Windwards team; Director of the Windwards Board; a director of the WICB; & is President of the St Lucia National Cricket Association.
“Today is also 140 yrs since the 1876 birth of a player with one of the longest set of initials in cricket history: JEBBPQC Dwyer. An Australian fast bowler, he was the great grandson of an Irish insurrection leader who was deported to Aus in 1804. John Elicius Benedict Bernard Placid Quirk Carrington Dwyer played most of his cricket for Sussex; & died in 1912 aged only 36.
“Other birthdays & anniversaries include the 1933 birth tomorrow of the fine all-rounder, Collie Smith who appeared in 26 Tests & was tragically killed in a car accident in 1959; the 1927 birth on Fri of Barbados’ Michael Frederick who played 1 Test in 1954; the 1932 birth of the great Conrad Hunte on Sun; & on the same day the birth of 2 former capts: Jackie Grant, born in 1907 skippered WI in 12 Tests between 1930-35; & the 1859 birth of Aucher Warner, who led WI on their 1st tour of Eng in 1900. He was the elder brother of Eng capt Pelham Warner – both men being born in Trinidad.
“Sun’s also the 73rd birthday of Jamaica’s Maurice Foster who featured in 14 Tests from 1969-78; & the 33rd of Guyana WK Derwin Christian, who played 2 T20 intls for WI in 2011, but didn’t score a run, take a wkt, a catch or a stumping. Neatly though, he also didn’t concede a bye.
“& finally, Sat will be the 50th birthday of Christ Church born quick bowler Anderson Cummins. He appeared in 5 Tests & 63 ODIs for WI between 1991-95; but Did You Know he played in 13 more ODIs for Canada 12 yrs later in 2007? He was also Canada’s U19 coach. Cummins took a tantalising 99 wkts in intl cricket at 32; & also hit 1 1st-class hundred: an unlikely 107 for WI v Otago in NZ in 1995 – adding 215 for the 8th wkt with Jr Murray. But perhaps cricket history will forever attach his name to the Kensington Oval Test of 1992, that saw the reintroduction to Tests after a 22-yr absence of SA – because he didn’t play in it. The local favourite was expected to make his debut – but was omitted by the selectors in favour of Antigua’s Kenny Benjamin. As a result, huge numbers of Barbados supporters boycotted the historic & symbolic match; & made their feelings plain on the matter, most memorably in the wonderful banner: ‘No Cummins, No Goings!’
“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.