Archive for October, 2015

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Cricketing Tales: Talking … and Listening to Garfield Sobers

October 31, 2015

SEE … HEAR ….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a76m95ojCPo&feature=em-share_video_user

Felicitation of Sir Garfield Sobers by Sri Lanka Cricket

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Sobers as Lethal as Amiable: A Bajan Man Extraordinary

October 30, 2015

Michael Roberts

Garfield St. Auburn Sobers was born on the 28th July 1936 with six toes and six fingers. This natural feature had nought to do with his extraordinary sporting accomplishments. In truth, it was a bloody nuisance. Get six toes and try putting on boots! It was not till he was in England playing in the Lancashire League that Trevor Bailey helped him secure operations which removed those unwieldy hindrances. That is one account from solid Bajan sources, though a note in cricinfo from Dan Liveman asserts that the ‘extras’ were removed immediately after his birth. From little acorns great oaks of yarn grow!

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Everton Weekes at 90 — Tony Cozier

October 27, 2015

Tony Cozier, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, …. http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/839157.html

Of all the numbers stacked against the name Everton de Courcy Weekes in scorebooks the world over, 90 carries an unfortunate significance. It was his score in West Indies’ first innings of the fourth Test against India in Chepauk, Madras, now Chennai, in January 1949. Ten more runs would have extended his overall record of five successive Test hundreds that has never been surpassed; he was cut short by a run-out decision by the square-leg umpire that Weekes now euphemistically describes as “rather doubtful”.

Weekes plus

Sixty-six years on, the figure 90 carries an altogether happier connotation for a celebrated cricketer, now Sir Everton Weekes, Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG), holder of Barbados’ Gold Crown of Merit (GCM), who enters the tenth decade of a fulfilling life on Thursday.

Of surviving West Indies Test players, only Andy Ganteaume, the diminutive opening batsman with the unique record of scoring a hundred in his one and only Test innings, is older, at 94. In an interview five years ago for the series Cricket Legends of Barbados, Weekes told me he felt that if he made it to the end of that year he would get to the three figures in life that eluded him in cricket in Madras. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Scenes from Sri Lanka’s Fifth Day Triumph at the P Sara Oval

October 26, 2015

All images are courtesy of AFP and ESPNcricinfo

Sri Lankan cricketer Milinda Siriwardana (L) celebrates with teammate Dimuth Karunaratne (R) after dismissing West Indies cricketer Shai Hope during the final day of the second Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and the West Indies at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on October 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARA        (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lankan cricketer Milinda Siriwardana (L) celebrates with teammate Dimuth Karunaratne (R) after dismissing West Indies cricketer Shai Hope during the final day of the second Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and the West Indies at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on October 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Summaries & Conversations: The Vicissitudes of Fan/dom… Fifth Day, P Sara Oval, Sri Lanka

October 26, 2015

Courtesy of ESPNcricinfo

      Comments on Previous Day

Brathwaite: It was a good achievement. I don’t think my captain ever takes my bowling seriously. I just try to stick to the basics.

Herath: We wanted to get as much runs as possible. The pitch has not much for batsmen, it has more help for the spinners. Anglie and Milinda did well. We could not capitalise in the latter part but I have a lot of confidence in our bowlers. When the batsman is sweeping or coming down the track, there is a difference mindset.

9:25am: Brathwaite had only three first-class wickets before his 6 for 29. We look back at other standout performances by the ‘occasional’ bowlers.

9:20am: Not only did Brathwaite pull the rug from under Sri Lanka’s feet, he also proved to his captain Jason Holder that he was right in demanding a bowl, writes Andrew Fernando Read the rest of this entry ?

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Brathwaite’s Swathe: When Part-timers became Headliners

October 26, 2015

Mathew Varghese, in ESPNcricinfo, 24 October 2015, with title “When Part-timers became Headliners”

Kraigg BrathwaieKraigg Brathwaite had three first-class wickets before his 6 for 29 at the P Sara Oval. ESPNcricinfo looks back at other standout performances by the ‘occasional’ bowlers.

Allan Border
7 for 46 v West Indies, Sydney, 1989

The ball turned from the start in Sydney, but West Indies would have not been perturbed by the prospect of facing Allan Border, who had taken 16 wickets in his 100 Tests till then. Australia were playing two specialist spinners in Peter Taylor and debutant Trevor Hohns, while West Indies had brought in Roger Harper for Patrick Patterson.

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The Longstanding Travails of West Indian Cricket

October 26, 2015

Tony Cozier, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, October 25, 2015, where the title is “If only West Indies had listened to Murray and Dujon”

There were warnings of the deteriorating relationship between the players and the board 35 years ago. Little has changed, and it could get worse.     WI problems -Getty A familiar story: in 1990, Jeff Dujon highlighted the lack of clarity in players’ contracts © Getty Images

For all its global hype, Back to the Future Day last Wednesday might just have escaped your attention. As it was explained in hundreds of newspapers and websites, Back to the Future II was the title of a 1989 movie that propelled its two main characters, Marty McFly (played by Michael J Fox) and Doc Brown, forward to October 21, 2015. It was a sequel to an earlier film, where the two made a trip back to 1955.

Some of what writer-director Robert Zemeckis prophesied has materialised (video chat is real, cars run on alternative fuel, thumbprints can open doors and pay bills, and while the Chicago Cubs may not be at long last baseball’s World Series champions, they are in the final playoffs). Others (flying cars and skateboards, and – West Indians will be amused to learn – the banning of lawyers!) will have to wait for Back to the Future III. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Gary Sobers walks down Memory Lane with Rex and the Rest

October 22, 2015

Rex Clementine, in The Island, 22 October 2015, where the title is “Sobers laughs,c ries,

Sri Lanka Cricket Chairman Sidath Wettimuny introduced Sir Garfield Sobers as world’s greatest all-rounder and the greatest story teller and the former West Indian legend proved why as he kept a packed audience spell bound for over an hour before the Sobers-Tissera trophy was unveiled yesterday.

sobers sidtah The suggestion of naming the Sri Lanka – West Indies Test series after Sir Garry and former Sri Lanka captain Michael Tissera was put forward by former Tamil Union President Dinal Philips and SLC was quick to grab the idea. Sir Garry who arrived in Colombo on Monday addressed the media yesterday and discussed a range of topics from his playing days, night cricket and Twenty 20. Read the rest of this entry ?

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The Sobers-Tissera Trophy unveiled

October 22, 2015

 

West Indian cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers (2R), Sri Lankan cricket captain Angelo Mathews (L) and West Indies cricket captain Jason Holder (R) pose for photographers with the Sobers/Tissera Trophy before the start of the first day of their second Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and the West Indies at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on October 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

West Indian cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers (2R), Sri Lankan cricket captain Angelo Mathews (L) and West Indies cricket captain Jason Holder (R) pose for photographers with the Sobers/Tissera Trophy before the start of the first day of their second Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and the West Indies at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on October 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARA /AFP/Getty Images

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Gary Sobers Arrives: bringing Bonhomie at Cricket & Everywhere

October 22, 2015

sobersa rives--www.gettyimages.ca Sir Garfield Sobers greeted by Sidath Wettimuny & Ashley de Silva –Pic from Getty & AFP

Item in Daily News, October 2015: Sri Lanka welcomes Sobers,”

One of the world’s legendary cricketers, Sir Garfield (Gary) Sobers, arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday to a warm welcome. Sobers’ visit coincides with the ongoing Sri Lanka-West Indies Test series where a trophy to honour him along with the island’s ex-captain Michael Tissera will be awarded to the winners. Read the rest of this entry ?