O’Brien’s supporters reduce problem of getting out first ball

5th 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‘:

“Eng completed a 3-0 victory in the 5-match ODI series with SL, to follow their 2-0 Test series win. They move up to 5th in the ODI rankings, with Aus top, & WI in 8th but closing the gap on those above them. All the recent intl matches between Eng & SL carried points to decide an overall cross-format winner – & before today’s only T20 Eng led by 18 pts to 4.

“Eng next play 4 Tests, 5 ODIs & a T20 v Pak, which sees the return after his conviction, ban & imprisonment for spot-fixing of Mohammad Amir. His 1st ball on his return to Eng was… a no-ball – but he was batting, facing the bowling of S’set’s Josh Davey.

“Pak’s women are already in the UK – & Eng won the ODIs 3-0; & are 1-0 up in the 3-match T20 series.

“Elsewhere, Afghan are in Scot for 2 ODIs. The 1st was abandoned yesterday by rain with the tourists 283-4 in the 48th over. The 2nd match is tomorrow.

“Meanwhile, Spare a Thought for East Sussex side Lewes St Michael who lost their recent game v Hailsham after they were locked out of their own ground – & no-one had the combination code for the pavilion. The visitors were awarded the full 25 pts.” 

A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:  

“25 yrs ago today, Eng slow-left-armer Richard Illingworth took a wkt on debut with his 1st ball in Tests, bowling WI opener, & current coach, Phil Simmons. I was there & saw it & can confirm that the ball wasn’t baffling or bamboozling – Simmons simply played forward with soft hands, & the spinning ball dribbled back slowly & sadly to faintly disturb the bails. Illingworth, who’s now an elite intl Test umpire, is 1 of only 20 men to achieve this feat. The sole WIndian to do so was Tyrell Johnson v Eng in 1939.

“Birthdays this week include the 52nd today of WI Director of Cricket, Richard Pybus; Fri will be the 49th of former Chairman of Selectors, Clyde Butts; Sat will be the 42nd of Ian Bradshaw, MoM in WI’s triumph in the 2004 Champions Trophy final; while Sun would’ve been the 76th birthday of the great, late lamented legend of Caribbean cricket broadcasting, Tony Cozier.”

“Next Mon will be exactly 10 yrs since the passing of Keith Walcott – brother of Sir Clyde, & himself a Barbados great as a player, selector, manager; & member of the WICB & the BCA for some 30 yrs.

“Mon is also the 120th anniversary of the birth of Barbados umpire Edward Ward, who died in 1966, & officiated in the Bridgetown Test of 1935 v Eng. That match was played on a surface made treacherous by rain, & has a bizarre scorecard which reads: WI 102 all out; Eng 81-7 dec; WI 51-6 dec; & Eng 75-6 to win by 4 wkts. WI came back tho’ to win the 2nd & 4th Tests to take the series 2-1: their 1st ever series victory.

“& finally, Sun will be the 40th birthday of former NZ seamer, Iain O’Brien. He played 36 times for his country between 2005-09, picking up 93 wkts @ 32.6. Post-playing he’s been a popular writer, commentator & broadcaster; but Did You Know that away from the game he’s diversified? He wrote a book for children called ‘Pirates Don’t Play Cricket’; & marketed his own design of men’s supporting underwear which aimed to provide ‘compression & comfort’, & were described by one wearer as being ‘a chauffeur for your googlies’. The garments were called 010gear – I’ll let you work that one out.

Until next time, this has been ‘Around the World in 2′ with David Oram.”

You can listen to the above round-up here.

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

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.


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