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‘Roston Chase – evidence of the emerging breed of West Indies cricketers. But it won’t be easy viewing’ – my review of the 2nd Test for First Post

6th August 2016

When the Sawdust Settles – match reviews

West Indies v India – 2nd Test Match

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

West Indies mounted a brave and frankly, highly unexpected rear-guard action to save the 2nd Test in Jamaica – with Roston Chase the hero with a wonderful unbeaten hundred in only his second Test Match. I reflect on his heroics  – and the ‘excitement’ of the hard-fought draw in cricket.

You can read my piece here.

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

David Oram


The Willow in the WIndies – innings no. 29

1st May 2016

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Episode 29 – The ICC Reprimands the West Indies players

Welcome to edition no. 29 of The Willow in the WIndies.

Reds are I kicked off by discussing the ICC’s press release which condemned the West Indies players for their behaviour after the T20 World Cup final. Sir Viv Richards accused the ICC of double standards; while Philo Wallace on the Line & Length show endorsed the reprimand.

Presumably, Marlon Samuels was one of those the ICC had in mind in its comments; and this week Ben Stokes suggested Samuels should have been more magnanimous in victory. Meanwhile, Andre Russell said that Samuels was ‘a little different’ from his team-mates.

Much of the West Indies players’ disquiet arises from their stand-off with the WICB, in which they have appeared to have been supported by the Prime Ministers of Caricom. However, Barbados PM, Freundel Stuart seemed to distance himself from his fellow outspoken PMs who have called for the Board’s immediate dissolution. Clearly, the Caricom leaders are not unanimous in their opinions where the WICB is concerned.

Seemingly similar was Sir Andy Roberts (who was among the group of Legends supporting that call in Grenada recently), who seemed to backtrack in an interview with the Mason & Guests show. He said their call is for restructure, not dissolution.  Continue reading

A Willow in the WIndies Xtra – The Caribbean Cricket Civil War: a view from the ‘observation post’ with Terry Bent

29th April 2016

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Midweek Edition: The Caribbean Cricket Civil War

Welcome to this extra edition of The Willow in the WIndies.

I was joined for this xtra podcast by fellow ‘Barbadian’ Brit, Terry Bent, the author of the blog dedicated to the Barbados Tridents CPL side; and a regular panelist on the Mason & Guests cricket talk show on the island. In fact, Terry was part of the panel recently for a heated edition which you can hear here, and which Tony Cozier wrote about for ESPN Cricinfo, that you can read here.

The subject of contention was the ongoing crisis in Caribbean cricket between the international players and the WICB: murky waters into which some Caricom political leaders have waded, and some West Indies cricket Legends too.

Terry and I looked at the issues in the dispute, its background, and likely outcomes.

We also took time to look at the Barbados Tridents, and in particular the implications of Dr Vijay Mallya’s ongoing travails – and whether they would impact upon the Tridents’ involvement in this season’s CPL competition.

You can listen to our discussion here.

David Oram

The Willow in the WIndies – innings no. 28

24th April 2016

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Episode 28 – BCCI Waive $42m Claim; Legends Call for WICB Dissolution

Welcome to edition no. 28 of The Willow in the WIndies.

An immensely busy week for West Indies cricket – almost exclusively off the field.

The biggest news was the report that the BCCI had waived its claim to USD$42m against the WICB, coming out of the ODI players’ strike of October 2014. I wondered if this counted as a triumph for the WIndies Board?

India are visiting the Caribbean for a Test series later this year – but Reds broke the news that the prospective dates for the St Lucia Test have already been moved. Reds is part of a big promotion of the Test there on his island of residence.

In Grenada, a group of West Indies Legends gathered to lend their names to the call for the dissolution of the WICB. Their’s are strong voices which I felt couldn’t just be ignored. Yet opinions in the Caribbean are wildly, and strongly, divergent. Even within Caricom’s own Head of States group, there is some difference of opinion. Antigua’s PM Gaston Browne distanced himself from the hard line against the WICB being taken by the likes of PMs Mitchell and Rowley.  Continue reading

The Willow in the WIndies – innings no. 27 (i)

16th April 2016

The Caribbean cricket podcast

Episode 27 (i) – A Look Back at WIndies Double T20 Triumph

Welcome to part one of edition no. 27 of The Willow in the WIndies.

After a two-week gap, due in the main to the sudden, untimely death of my computer, Reds and I reunite to record a pair of programmes to bring us back up to date.

In Part One we focus upon West Indies’ wonderful victories in the ICC World T20 competitons, for both the men and the women.

We began with the ladies, and reviewed their progress through the tournament – and looked at how they’ve potentially done a great deal to spread interest in the women’s game throughout the Caribbean.

The men’s triumph was sealed by Carlos Brathwaite, but the Man of the Match in the final was Marlon Samuels – who Reds would not have included in the WIndies’ squad! They lost to Afghanistan (which I had predicted before the competition) – but won every other game.  Continue reading