The past might of the West Indies

The past might of the West Indies

Post by Larry de Silv » Sat, 23 Feb 2002 10:19:13


The past might of the West Indies
By Len Ranjith Mahaarachchi.

The West Indies once the hot favorites of the entire cricketing world here
and elsewhere, are now on the decline. As do other fields cricket too has
its ups and downs. But cricket fans here and abroad will never forget that
from around the 60 and 70s up to mid 1990s the Windies reigned supreme in
the cricket arena. To browse through that period in retrospect, specially
during those good old days when they held the center stage, the year 1973
was the last year they were beaten. That was by Ian Chappell's team. Since
then they won all their matches home and abroad till the Kiwis beat them in
a One-Test series in 1980.

The bad spell for the West Indies began in 1992 when they had to fight hard
to stay unbeaten facing fierce opposition from S. Africa & Australia in the
following year and even India in 1994. The three Test series by the West
Indies & Australia are interesting to consider . The first test was won by
West Indies who trounced the Aussies by a10 wkt margin. But the Aussies came
back with a vengeance to win the second Test on equal terms winning
handsomely by 9 wkts. Then on April 29, 1994, at Kingston, tables were
turned for the Windies where they could muster only 265 runs in the first
essay. This was after the two leading batsmen Ritchie Richardson & Brian
Lara made 165, with the former getting a ton. Replying, the Aussies started
disastrously losing three wickets for a paltry 73. But then came the war
with Steve & brother Mark Waugh, the former getting a double century while
his twin scored 126. When the pair parted the score was 304. They went on to
score a total of 531. This left the opponents to score 266 to escape an
innings defeat. But Ritchie was out cheaply struck by Paul Riffle. As if
that was not bad enough, Lara the star batsman, was out before scoring.
Riffel struck again for the third time with the score reading 46 only.

Came the morrow the Windies had a solitary day to face the agony. Night
watchman Benjamin and Adams held on for one and ahalf hours only for Magrath
to strike this time. But Shane Warne was ignored all the while by the
Windies till he struck to take as many as four wkts to end their innings at
213, leaving Aussies winners by an inning & 53 runs, winning the series in
the process.

Suddenly lady luck smiled on the West Indians, by then known as the master
blasters of the cricket ball. Of the 119 tests they faced they were
victorious in as many as 60, losing only 17 matches. A record that shines
for the Windies is that after 1974 none of their opponents were allowed to
crack a twin ton on their home grounds. Those that did get them are as
follows.

Hanif Mohamad (Pakistan 337 at Bride Town in 1957-58 series. Andrew Sandhume
of England 325( 1929-30 series-at Kingston) Dennis Amiss of England 262 at
Kingston in 1973-74 Glen Turner (Kiwi) 259 in 71-72, & again 223 (same
series) at Georgetown & Kingston respectively. Sunil the little Master of
India, 220 at Pt. of Spain in 71-72, another Indian Dilip Sardesai, 212
(same series) in Kingston, Bill Lawry (Aussie) 210 at Bridgetown in 64-65
series, Patsy Hendon 202 no in 29-30 at port of Spain, Len Hutton 205
(England) at Kingston in 53-54, N. Harvey (Aussie) at same venue 204 in
54-55& B. Simpson of Australia 201 in 64-65 at Bridgetown.

 
 
 

The past might of the West Indies

Post by Uday Raja » Sat, 23 Feb 2002 12:48:15

Quote:

> The past might of the West Indies
> By Len Ranjith Mahaarachchi.

I don't know where you got this article from, but it's
riddled with howlers.  Here are a few:

Quote:
> To browse through that period in retrospect, specially
> during those good old days when they held the center stage, the year 1973
> was the last year they were beaten. That was by Ian Chappell's team. Since
> then they won all their matches home and abroad till the Kiwis beat them in
> a One-Test series in 1980.

They lost 5-1 to a Greg Chappell captained Australia in
1975-76. Won all their matches? Indeed, let's not count the
3-2 series in India in '74-75 either, or at least a
half-dozen drawn Tests in that period.

And they played 3 Tests in that One-Test series.

Quote:
> The bad spell for the West Indies began in 1992 when they had to fight hard
> to stay unbeaten facing fierce opposition from S. Africa & Australia in the
> following year and even India in 1994. The three Test series by the West
> Indies & Australia are interesting to consider . The first test was won by
> West Indies who trounced the Aussies by a10 wkt margin. But the Aussies came
> back with a vengeance to win the second Test on equal terms winning
> handsomely by 9 wkts.

Oh, arrgh. That was a 4-Test series. Australia won the first
Test by 10 wickets. The 2nd was drawn. The West Indies won
the 3rd Test, by 9 wickets, and Australia won the 4th Test.

Quote:
> Then on April 29, 1994, at Kingston, tables were
> turned for the Windies where they could muster only 265 runs in the first
> essay.

Close enough. It was April 29, 1995, when that Test began,
but what's a year between friends?

Quote:
> But Ritchie was out cheaply struck by Paul Riffle.

Riffle piffle, Ritchie ritch.

Quote:
> As if
> that was not bad enough, Lara the star batsman, was out before scoring.
> Riffel struck again for the third time with the score reading 46 only.

Closer, Reiffel.

Quote:
> Came the morrow the Windies had a solitary day to face the agony. Night
> watchman Benjamin and Adams held on for one and ahalf hours only for Magrath
> to strike this time. But Shane Warne was ignored all the while by the
> Windies till he struck to take as many as four wkts to end their innings at
> 213, leaving Aussies winners by an inning & 53 runs, winning the series in
> the process.

> Suddenly lady luck smiled on the West Indians, by then known as the master
> blasters of the cricket ball.

Lady luck smiled them to their first defeat in 15 years or
so.

Quote:
> Of the 119 tests they faced they were
> victorious in as many as 60, losing only 17 matches. A record that shines
> for the Windies is that after 1974 none of their opponents were allowed to
> crack a twin ton on their home grounds. Those that did get them are as
> follows.

> Hanif Mohamad (Pakistan 337 at Bride Town in 1957-58 series. Andrew Sandhume
> of England 325( 1929-30 series-at Kingston) Dennis Amiss of England 262 at
> Kingston in 1973-74 Glen Turner (Kiwi) 259 in 71-72, & again 223 (same
> series) at Georgetown & Kingston respectively. Sunil the little Master of
> India, 220 at Pt. of Spain in 71-72, another Indian Dilip Sardesai, 212
> (same series) in Kingston, Bill Lawry (Aussie) 210 at Bridgetown in 64-65
> series, Patsy Hendon 202 no in 29-30 at port of Spain, Len Hutton 205
> (England) at Kingston in 53-54, N. Harvey (Aussie) at same venue 204 in
> 54-55& B. Simpson of Australia 201 in 64-65 at Bridgetown.

Sandham, Hendren, India was 70-71. To add to that list
subsequently, Sidhu got 202 at P-o-S in 1997.

 
 
 

The past might of the West Indies

Post by dechuck » Sat, 23 Feb 2002 13:00:17


Quote:

> > The past might of the West Indies
> > By Len Ranjith Mahaarachchi.

> I don't know where you got this article from, but it's
> riddled with howlers.  Here are a few:

Your not accusing Larry of being inacurate I hope, does this mean Larry's
other postings are just as inaccurrate? I wonder.

 
 
 

The past might of the West Indies

Post by Phil Wis » Sat, 23 Feb 2002 14:12:39


Quote:




> > > The past might of the West Indies
> > > By Len Ranjith Mahaarachchi.

> > I don't know where you got this article from, but it's
> > riddled with howlers.  Here are a few:

> Your not accusing Larry of being inacurate I hope, does this mean Larry's
> other postings are just as inaccurrate? I wonder.

Not exactly Larry's fault that Mr Mahaarachchi makes more mistakes than
Chris Nevin during an odo.

phil

 
 
 

The past might of the West Indies

Post by Moby » Sat, 23 Feb 2002 14:05:11

Quote:

> > Your not accusing Larry of being inacurate I hope, does this mean Larry's
> > other postings are just as inaccurrate? I wonder.

> Not exactly Larry's fault that Mr Mahaarachchi makes more mistakes than
> Chris Nevin during an odo.

Poor SLarry.  It seems he picks the most appaling pieces to post.  It'd be
like someone sticking every Conn article up about Brett Lee since he
started fantasising over Golden Buttocks...

Hmmm.. well at least Alvey makes fun of them.

Moby

 
 
 

The past might of the West Indies

Post by lcf » Sat, 23 Feb 2002 23:49:27

dechucka, Phil Wise, Moby, Wombat, etc- instead of spending all of your time
criticising this much-maligned Larry over every damn thing he says, why not
spend your energies in some positive exchanges? Or is that too much to ask?


Quote:

> > > Your not accusing Larry of being inacurate I hope, does this mean
Larry's
> > > other postings are just as inaccurrate? I wonder.

> > Not exactly Larry's fault that Mr Mahaarachchi makes more mistakes than
> > Chris Nevin during an odo.

> Poor SLarry.  It seems he picks the most appaling pieces to post.  It'd be
> like someone sticking every Conn article up about Brett Lee since he
> started fantasising over Golden Buttocks...

> Hmmm.. well at least Alvey makes fun of them.

> Moby

 
 
 

The past might of the West Indies

Post by Moby » Sat, 23 Feb 2002 23:57:58

Quote:

> dechucka, Phil Wise, Moby, Wombat, etc- instead of spending all of your time
> criticising this much-maligned Larry over every damn thing he says, why not
> spend your energies in some positive exchanges? Or is that too much to ask?

Like criticising all things white..

Yair.., whatever.

You can go in the kill file.

*plonk*

Moby

 
 
 

The past might of the West Indies

Post by Jaye » Sun, 24 Feb 2002 04:19:33

Quote:


> > The past might of the West Indies
> > By Len Ranjith Mahaarachchi.

> I don't know where you got this article from, but it's
> riddled with howlers.  Here are a few:

Come on, don't nit-pick. Just lie back and let the waves of purple
prose wash over you. Rearrange the letters in "Len Ranjith
Mahaarachchi" and you get "Raju Bharatan".

"To browse through that period in retrospect, specially during those
good old days when they held the center stage"

"Came the morrow the Windies had a solitary day to face the agony."

"But Ritchie was out cheaply struck by Paul Riffle". Good way to get
"Ritchie" out - biff the ***. Is that what the "b" in scorecards
stands for?

"But Shane Warne was ignored all the while by the Windies till he
struck to take as many as four wkts to end their innings"

Regards,
Jayen

 
 
 

The past might of the West Indies

Post by Phil Wis » Sun, 24 Feb 2002 04:58:02


Quote:

> > dechucka, Phil Wise, Moby, Wombat, etc- instead of spending all of your
time
> > criticising this much-maligned Larry over every damn thing he says, why
not
> > spend your energies in some positive exchanges? Or is that too much to
ask?

> Like criticising all things white..

> Yair.., whatever.

> You can go in the kill file.

> *plonk*

> Moby

Since lcf's already in my killfile, I have to ride on Moby's coat-tails in
order to note that my post in this thread DEFENDED Larry...

Now if there was only a way to double killfile someone...

phil

- Show quoted text -

 
 
 

The past might of the West Indies

Post by lcf » Sun, 24 Feb 2002 04:57:14

(yawn) put me in your kill file at your own risk. As you should have been
able to tell by now, it is my preference to spread light rather than heat,
as distinct from several of you regulars here. But then, both you and I know
that you are reading my post, so what the hell are you talking about?


Quote:

> Since lcf's already in my killfile, I have to ride on Moby's coat-tails in
> order to note that my post in this thread DEFENDED Larry...

> Now if there was only a way to double killfile someone...

> phil

 
 
 

The past might of the West Indies

Post by Karuval Sunth » Sun, 24 Feb 2002 17:22:18



Quote:
> The past might of the West Indies
> By Len Ranjith Mahaarachchi.

> The West Indies once the hot favorites of the entire cricketing world here
> and elsewhere, are now on the decline. As do other fields cricket too has
> its ups and downs.

Decline is due to US baseball and basketball influence Larryarse IDIOT!!!!
 
 
 

The past might of the West Indies

Post by Karuval Sunth » Sun, 24 Feb 2002 17:24:48

Everybody have the right to whatever they want!!! You are not a moderator
here idiot!! Shut the *** up!!!


Quote:
> dechucka, Phil Wise, Moby, Wombat, etc- instead of spending all of your
time
> criticising this much-maligned Larry over every damn thing he says, why
not
> spend your energies in some positive exchanges? Or is that too much to
ask?




> > > > Your not accusing Larry of being inacurate I hope, does this mean
> Larry's
> > > > other postings are just as inaccurrate? I wonder.

> > > Not exactly Larry's fault that Mr Mahaarachchi makes more mistakes
than
> > > Chris Nevin during an odo.

> > Poor SLarry.  It seems he picks the most appaling pieces to post.  It'd
be
> > like someone sticking every Conn article up about Brett Lee since he
> > started fantasising over Golden Buttocks...

> > Hmmm.. well at least Alvey makes fun of them.

> > Moby