17th 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‘:
“Eng’s 3-Test series v SL starts on Thur, & the tourists are unfancied underdogs – underperforming in their 2 drawn not-so-warm-up matches, struggling with conditions – & the weather.
“Meanwhile, Eng’s women, who’re touring the Caribbean in Oct, will do so without Charlotte Edwards, who’s retired after being sacked as Capt. She played over 300 times for Eng over more than 20 yrs, captaining them 220 times.
“In the IPL, it’s very close, with Sunrisers Hyderabad top, but any of 6 teams could still win it. Virat Kohli’s now hit 752 runs with 3 centuries, while Mitch McClenaghan has 17 wkts.
“Elsewhere, Spare a Thought for Bangladesh’s former intl umpire Nadir Shah, who was knocked near-unconscious during a Dhaka League match. He was hit flush on the forehead at square leg by a full-blooded sweep & had to be helped from the field. It was Shah’s 1st professional game since 2012 – when he was banned after an undercover TV program revealed he was among several umpires willing to give decisions for a fee. Inside information about pitch conditions, the toss & the selected XIs was also available. What’s not clear is whether the info & decisions would be sold on a sliding scale: maybe $10 for a no-ball; $100 for an lbw; & $1000 for obstructing the field.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“61 yrs ago today Jamaica fast bowler Leslie Hylton, who played 6 Tests in the 1930s, died aged 50. He’s unique in cricket history, since he’s the only Test cricketer to be executed – he was hanged for the murder of his wife in 1955.
“Tomorrow is the 46th birthday of Nevis all-rounder Carl Tuckett who joined the Caribbean’s 1st-class umpiring fraternity in last season’s regional 4-day competition. He played 1 ODI in 1998 & took the wkts of Alec Stewart & Graeme Hick. Hick, who played 185 times for Eng, will be 50 next Mon.
“That same day, Tony Gray will be 53. He played 30 times for WI between 1985-91 & took 66 wkts at a terrific avg of 18 & a strike-rate of 32.6. Subsequently, a broadcaster, commentator & coach, Tony was one of the elite regional coaches to participate in the recent level-3 program in Barbados.
“Fri is the 25th birthday of Jomel Warrican – born in St Vincent, & taker of 80 1st-class wkts for Barbados, he made his WI debut last Oct, & thus far has 11 wkts in 4 Tests.
“Fri is also the 72nd birthday of WI legend, Deryck Murray. He appeared 88 times from 1963-80, captaining 3 times, scoring over 2,000 runs, taking over 200 dismissals, & was WK in 2 World Cup winning sides in 1975 & 1979. But Did You Know Deryck is unique, being the only man to play under the Test captaincy of each of Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Garfield Sobers, Clive Lloyd & Sir Vivian Richards?
“Sat is 75 yrs since the death of Trinidad’s Alfred Harragin, who played 1st-class cricket in the region for 35 yrs from 1897-1932; & was a member of WI’s touring team to Eng in 1906, where he avgd 31,
“& finally, Thurs will be the 77th birthday of Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira, renowned regional & international broadcaster & commentator for over 40 yrs – & long-time contributor of cricket & sports reports to VoB radio & the Mason & Guests show. With the loss of his great friend, Tony Cozier, Reds perhaps now takes on the mantle of our senior correspondent. I like to think of Reds as the ‘Wise Old Man of the WIndies’ – & we wish him good health & a very happy birthday.
“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.