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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


A Willow in the WIndies Xtra – Previewing the West Indies v India Test series with Subash Jayaraman

16th July 2016

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Xtra Edition: Previewing the West Indies v India Test series with Subash Jayaraman

Welcome to this extra edition of The Willow in the WIndies

I was joined by the ‘Cricket Couch’ – the widely-admired cricket writer and (former) podcaster, Subash Jayaraman – host of the renowned Couch Talk, which Subash recently ‘retired’ after 189 editions.

He and I looked ahead to the upcoming 4-Test series in the Caribbean between West Indies and India: including our expectations for the contest; the appointment of Anil Kumble as India’s new Coach – and drifted wider into discussing some of the other issues and challenges currently facing Test, and international cricket.

You can listen to our preview here.

And you can tweet Subash @thecricketcouch; read his articles on his blog here; and dip in and listen to the back catalogue of his Couch Talk podcast here.

David Oram

The Willow in the WIndies – innings no. 35

11th July 2016

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Episode 35 – Denesh Ramdin is dropped and takes to Twitter

Welcome to edition no. 35 of The Willow in the WIndies.

Reds returned from a week covering basketball in Guyana – though our weekly chat was delayed by a day thanks to the latest ‘updates’ for Skype and Voice Notes. After four and a half hours of endeavour, our producer (Mrs Oram) got Skype functioning again – although Voice Notes was pronounced dead.

We begun by looking at the CPL, where Guyana are the early pace-setters, and noted the fine imposed on Krishmar Santokie for on-field misdemeanours. Off the field, the tournament organisers were quick to stamp on illegal pitch side betting.

Denesh Ramdin is now available to play for the Trinbago Knight Riders, having apparently been dropped by the West Indies selectors for the upcoming Test series versus India – as he himself revealed in a series of angry tweetsContinue reading

The Willow in the WIndies – innings no. 34

3rd July 2016

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Episode 34 – The CPL is underway

Welcome to edition no. 34 of The Willow in the WIndies.

In this programme I was joined by our regular locum, Dr Andrew Forde while Reds was away in Guyana covering a basketball tournament. Andrew and I turned our attention immediately to the opening matches in the CPL, and news associated with the tournament:

St Kitts have been confirmed as the hosts of the tournament’s semi-finals and final, but our colleague, Terry Bent, author of the blog dedicated to the Barbados Tridents, is not happy! He’s upset that St Kitts is to host the final for the second time in the competition’s four seasons – the other two both having been in Trinidad.

Terry’s piece also shared some of the details of the St Kitts government’s acquisition of the final, as disclosed by the Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards when interviewed on a recent Mason & Guests show: Mr Richards said the government had paid USD$1.2 million to stage the games, ‘less than half of what they paid two tears ago’ – it being believed that the original asking price was USD$4.5 million. In addition, St Kitts will be ‘getting back USD$20,000 per game for rental of the stadium, and an undisclosed percentage of the gate receipts’, and ‘a donation towards education and sports from the CPL.’ Also, St Kitts, unlike the T&T government, is able to pay the CPL in US dollars.  Continue reading

A Willow in the WIndies Xtra – Previewing the CPL with Peter Miller

30th June 2016

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Midweek Edition: Previewing the CPL with Peter Miller

Welcome to this extra edition of The Willow in the WIndies

I was joined by the ‘Cricket Geek’ – the prodigious cricket writer and broadcaster (and host of the Geek & Friends podcast) Peter Miller – to preview the 4th edition of the Caribbean Premier League.

As ever, being a couple of proficient talkers, we wandered into other cricket topics during our chat.

You can listen to our preview here.

And you can tweet Peter @thecricketgeek; and listen to his regular podcast Geek & Friends here.

David Oram