Monthly Archives: July 2016

‘Reality Check: things look bleak for this poor West Indies side. But do WI have any alternatives?’ – my review of the 1st Test for First Post

25th July 2016

When the Sawdust Settles – match reviews

West Indies v India – 1st Test Match

For First Post during the West Indies v India Test series I’m providing comment pieces on the WIndies.

With West Indies thoroughly thrashed in the 1st Test Match versus India in Antigua, I reflect on whether WI have many genuine selection alternatives.

You can read my piece here.

And there are several more articles regarding the series, and related features here.

David Oram

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‘Few Positives for Negative West Indies’ – my report on Day 1 of the 1st Test for First Post

22nd July 2016

Behind the Bowler’s Arm – match reports

West Indies v India – 1st Test Match

For First Post during the West Indies v India Test series I will be providing comment pieces on the WIndies.

After the first day’s play of the opening Test, I gave my reaction to the West Indies’ approach and team selection.

You can read my piece here.

And there are several more articles regarding the series, and related features here.

David Oram

‘Relatively unknown Windies team have the talent to achieve ‘relative’ success’ – my 1st Test preview for First Post

21st July 2016

Prospects of Play – match previews

West Indies v India – 1st Test Match

For First Post during the West Indies v India Test series I will be providing comment pieces on the WIndies.

With the series getting underway today, I preview the West Indies team and look at what should be their realistic aim for success.

You can read my piece here.

And there are several more articles regarding the series, and related features here.

David Oram

‘Shining a light on the fresh faces of renewed hope in the WIndies Test team v India’ – my WI profile for First Post

20th July 2016

Prospects of Play – match previews

West Indies v India – 1st Test Match

For First Post during the West Indies v India Test series I will be providing comment pieces on the WIndies.

On the day before the 1st Test in Antigua, I look at the young and inexperienced WI side, and highlight some of the players that are fresh faces for the Indian audience.

You can read my piece here.

And there are several more articles regarding the series, and related features here.

David Oram

Death of a Gentleman’s Gentleman

19th July 2016

Around the World in 2 – a few occasional off-breaks

Regularly 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‘:

“Pak won the 1st Test v Eng at Lord’s, with leg-spinner Yasir Shah MoM for his 10-141. He’s gone to no. 1 on the ICC’s Test bowling rankings; while skipper Misbah-ul-Haq rises to 9th in the batting list after his 1st inngs century. For Eng, Chris Woakes was on the losing side despite taking 11 wkts & scoring 58 runs. The 2nd Test begins at Old Trafford on Fri.

“Meantime, Did You Know that 19-yr-old Aneurin Donald playing for Glam v Derbys equalled Ravi Shastri’s world record of 123 balls for the fastest ever double-hundred in 1st-class cricket? He hit 234 off 136 balls, with 15 6s & 26 4s. Incredibly, it was his maiden Championship century.

“Meanwhile, Spare a Thought for Hants batsman Michael Carberry, who’s been diagnosed with a cancerous tumour. Carberry, who’s of Bajan & Guyanese descent, played 13 times for Eng between 2010-14.

“Elsewhere, Afghan won the 4th ODI v Ire to take a 2-1 lead into today’s final game. But the match was overshadowed by the controversial run-out of Ed Joyce: having hit a shot towards the boundary, & believing it had gone for 4, he was chatting with his partner mid-pitch when the ball was returned & the bails removed. The umpires accepted that the fielder had intercepted the ball before reaching the rope; but asked Afghan’s capt to withdraw the appeal. He refused – & Joyce had to go. Subsequent photos have shown the fielder was well over the line.  Continue reading