Tag Archives: Blackwood

It Was Good To See The West Indies Win A Test Match; i.e., 3rd Test Against England in Barbados.

.Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail
.
.
.
.
.
by Anura Guruge


Other Related posts:
a/ Jason Holder THE Man …
b/ WI v. Eng & parallel IPL 2015.
c/ IPL 2015
opening ceremonies.
d/ Farewell to Richie Benaud.

e/ WI v England 2015
on Willow.  … … …

>> Sling TV, DishWorld & Willow Cricket.
>> ICC World Cup 2015 with Roku.

++++ Check Category ‘Cricket’ for many other related posts >>>>


This, wrapped-up in 3 days, Test Match was never short of excitement.
It had the feel of an ODI and lets face it,
two of the innings were short of 50 overs.

[The entire Test was 250.2 overs.]

It, to an West Indies supporter of 40 years, was good to see that they
finally mustered enough resolve and technique to score 192 runs in the 4th innings.
When they were 80-4, with poor Shiv Chanderpaul gone for an uncharacteristic duck,
I was yet again resigned to see the Windies collapse and crumble.
I wasn’t convinced that they were going to win until they were within 4 runs with
6 wickets in hand — and even then they managed to lose Bravo.

 I have become a Jermaine Blackwood believer.
He impressed me NO END.
I would liked to have seen him go to another century in the 1st innings …
and get his well deserved 50 in the second.
I just read that Viv rates him. If Viv thinks he is an unpolished diamond,
that is good enough for me.

blackwood

23 year old Mr. Jermaine Blackwood. Quintessential West Indies batting personified. Click to ENLARGE.

jermaineblackwood23123

Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ESPN cricinfo.com. http://www.espncricinfo.com/west-indies-v-england-2015/content/player/431909.html

My heart bleeds for Shiv. What a nightmare of a series for him.
I hate to have to say this but I think it is time for him to bid adieu —
and we will all applaud him for his yeoman service to the Windies.
What a man, what a cricketers. But, at 40, time, at last, has caught up with Shiv.

Felt bad, very bad for Shai Hope. He needs a bit more experience.
I have hopes, maybe not great, for Kraigg Brathwaite. He has shown class.
Jason Holder will prevail. He could have batted better in this Test.
He, however, bowled superbly.
I think I saw Gary, in a snazzy suit, as usual, watching the Test.
He must be able to relate to Holder and Blackwood.

3rdtestscorecardwienf

I enjoyed the Test. 18 wickets in the 2nd day. It was heady stuff.

Shame the series is already over.

Just saw on Willow that the Australians are playing 2 Tests against the West Indies in June.
That is GREAT — but why just 2 Tests? That is not enough.
I guess the Islands can’t generate the crowds or the money. Shame.
But then again, I am still going to agitate that the whole concept of ‘The West Indies’
needs to be reexamined and reevaluated. International cricket should ONLY be
between bona fide sovereign nations.


Jason Holder, THE Hero Of The 1st 2015 WI v. Eng. Test, Is THE MAN — And Could Be The New Gary Sobers.

willowcricketaprl2015.Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail
.
.
.
.
.
by Anura Guruge


Other Related posts:
a/ WI v. Eng & parallel IPL 2015.
b/ IPL 2015
opening ceremonies.
c/ Farewell to Richie Benaud.

d/ WI v England 2015
on Willow.
e/ Host v Host Final?

f/ South Africa did not prevail.

g/ ICC WCC 2015 memorabilia.
h/
Picking SA over NZ in 1st Semi.   … … …

>> Sling TV, DishWorld & Willow Cricket.
>> ICC World Cup 2015 with Roku.

++++ Check Category ‘Cricket’ for many other related posts >>>>


Jason Holder, I applaud and THANK YOU.

Holderepsn1

Click to access ESPN CricInfo coverage replete with video.

jasonholderwiki

Click to access Wikipedia entry for the 23 year old, 6′ 7″ Jason Holder, THE MAN.


Jason Holder’s 2nd innings, 103*, in 149 balls spanning 216 minutes, on April 17, 2015 to SAVE the match for the West Indies was classy and masterful. It was inspirational, uplifting and humbling.

He is 23 years old and it was but his 4th Test Match. He put so many of the other West Indies batsmen to shame.

Despite his relative ‘youth’ (and yes, of course, we have had teenagers playing Test cricket) his maturity, talent and potential have obviously not gone unnoticed. Yes, he is the ODI Captain — though I have mixed feelings about that. But that is another matter.

Lets celebrate his tremendous achievement on Friday, April 17, 2015. I, given their erratic performances of late, was already reconciled that the West Indies were going to LOSE.

I sat down, at 11 pm, on Friday, to watch the Willow Cricket highlights — via Sling TV on my Roku 3 — with a heavy heart, ready to see England, clinically, perform the last rites. I was hoping that my other man, the still doughty Shivnarine Chanderpaul would score a gritty century, with Blackwood (who did score a wonderful 112* in the first innings) chipping in with at least 80. I was distraught when Shiv was lbw. He is 40. His reactions are not what they used to be.

I never expected the West Indies to SAVE the match.

Then hope, thanks to Holder, sprang — eternal. I was even working out run rates for the West Indies to WIN.

Yes, I was on the edge of the seat  for the last 20 overs. It was like at T20.

I was OFFENDED, and I am not sure what Holder and Roach thought (but they too should take exception), when the dressing room sent instructions, with 5 overs to go, and Holder at 90*, that Holder should focus on holding out for the 5 overs rather than getting his MAIDEN 1st class (let alone Test) hundred. That was UNNECESSARY. This boy (and he is the same age as my son, who middle name pays homage to Gordon Greenidge) knows HIS GAME (and I mean that in the full panoply meanings that that word can convey) better than most of the CLOWNS in the Dressing Room. He did great. I was so proud of him. That he would survive the remaining overs was never in doubt and that he would get a century in the process was also never in doubt. This was GREAT. Made me happy. Made me very happy.

No, I am still going to agitate that the West Indies cricket team should be disbanded and barred from the ICC. There is NO COUNTRY called the ‘West Indies’ and as such there should be NO TEAM that plays as such. International cricket should ONLY be played between genuine nations. Period. Simple as that.

But, Jason Holder, HOLD your head up high. You did GREAT. He could be the next Gary Sobers! Think of that.