Category Archives: BITS & PISCES – fishing all-round the net

Knights, Legends and Rebels

23rd June 2015

Military Mediums – audio/visual highlights

Clips to the on-side

It’s been far too long since I had a little round-up of quality TV/radio/internet items with a WIndies flavour – and these highlights are well worth an hour or so of your viewing/listening time:

Last month Voice of Barbados broadcast an evening show devoted to several of its island cricketing legends, in a programme hosted by David Ellis entitled Conversing with Our Legends. It featured interviews with Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Wes Hall, Peter Lashley and Rawle Brancker. You can enjoy it here.

Sir Wes Hall was also recently the guest speaker at the WICB/WIPA Awards evening in Jamaica, just prior to the Sabina Park Test Match v Australia. He spoke amusingly, and reflectively to the gathered throng, looking back upon his own career and forward to the future of Caribbean cricket. You can hear his speech here.

Another Caribbean knight was interviewed this week on the excellent Couch Talk show. Sir Andy Roberts had the privilege of settling back onto Subash’s davenport to air his views, and you can listen to the interview here, and read a transcript of their conversation here.

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Dennis Does Cricket – with David

20th June 2015

Military Mediums – audio/visual highlights

Clips to the on-side.

Can’t Bowl, Can’t Throw is the most amusing cricket podcast around.

It has a large and admiring listenership, enjoying the show’s irreverence and delight in the cricketing absurd. It’s put together in Australia by Dennis Freedman and his regular co-host, Cat Jones.

Dennis also does more serious-minded cricket news podcasts and interviews (his most recent was an exclusive conversation with the Indian cricket mogul, Lalit Modi which you can listen to here). I’ve been fortunate enough to do a couple of such podcasts with Dennis before about issues in the Caribbean, but this was my debut on the main show.

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WI Must Enforce the ‘West Indies First’ Policy

7th May 2015

Picking the Spin from the Rough – stuff well worth reading

Barbados Today has this morning featured an editorial in which it outlines the need for the Caribbean authorities to enforce the ‘West Indies First’ policy for the continuing good of its regional cricket.

It is an excellent and convincing article – which I wholeheartedly agree with. As I commented in response to the piece on the publication’s website:

“The sooner WI can focus around players who are committed to the cricket of the region, and the people of the region – rather than the cricket of the IPL and the people of India – the better.”

I urge you to read the piece here:

Home Drums Must Always Beat First Barbados Today


‘A History of West Indies’ 500 Test Matches’ – radio show featuring Tony Cozier & Reds Perreira

18th December 2014

Military Mediums – audio/visual highlights

A History of West Indies’ 500 Test Matches

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Earlier this year the West Indies became the 3rd cricket playing nation to achieve the milestone of 500 Test Matches.

To commemorate the event, and to reflect on the history of WI international cricket, this programme – from wVentRadio in St Lucia – takes us on the journey that began with WIndies’ earliest pre-Test days of the late 1890s and early tours of England in 1900, 1906 & 1923; and follows the team from its Test debut in 1928 through to the present day.

Tony Cozier and Reds Perreira – the Caribbean’s most celebrated and cherished cricket broadcasters – look back across those 86 years at the ups and downs, the highs and lows of the West Indies; at the successes, and the failures; remembering the tears of joy, and anguish; and the celebrations, and the recriminations – and they put it all in perspective within the great and glorious story which is the history of West Indies cricket.

This is essential listening.

You can listen to the entire broadcast here

or via Soundcloud here.


Pring backs

6th November 2014

Picking the Spin from the Rough – stuff well worth reading

“Oh pingback my Bonnie to me”

I’ll be taking a break from Roland Butcher’s Hook from ‘close of play’ Friday, as Christine and I head off for a fortnight’s holiday in New Orleans.

Earlier this week, Dmitri said he was taking a break too. But it hasn’t stopped him giving RBH a plug or two – as ever, Sir – many thanks. If you aren’t already reading everything that appears on How Did We Lose in Adelaide, then why not? I don’t always agree with what he says, but ‘by Heavens!’ he says it well.

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