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Brilliant Article Re. My Main Man, ‘Gordon Greenidge’ By ‘Mark Nicholas’.

by Anura Guruge


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That I named my son after him must say it all as to who & what I think about this great man. As I have said, many times, no man has given me greater pleasure than ‘Gordon Greenidge‘. I wanted my son to be ‘Gordon Guruge’ (GG) — same as Gordon. His mother & her family, ardent Catholics all, claimed that ‘Gordon’ was too Jewish a name! This was long time ago & I did NOT know any better. Since then I have come to know a lot of Jews & I have yet to meet a Gordon. So, I relented that ‘Gordon’ would be his middle name. NO! ‘Matthew’ is NOT Biblical. Named after ‘Matthews Southern Comfort‘ (with Ian Matthews). One of my favorite groups at the time — & I have always liked Ian Matthews.


I was a fully paid up member of the Hampshire Cricket Club (HCC) from 1975 to about 1982 (& I left Britain in 1985 (for what was meant to be 2-years in the States)). So, I was at Hampshire during SOME of the glory days of Gordon (not to mention Barry Richards, Andy Roberts & Malcolm Marshall). Yes, I even saw Mark Nicholas play.

I, of course, knew Gordon & he knew me by sight. I saw him occasionally away from cricket grounds & he would always stop to chat. Very nice guy.

Much of what Mark talks about in this article was AFTER I (alas) left the U.K.

Mark writes well as you would expect of a man of his erudition. This made my day. I wanted to share this with YOU. Enjoy.

Thank YOU, Gordon. Hope you are well. SMILE.


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‘Botham Shem Jean’, Accidently Shot By Female Dallas Police Officer Must Have Been Named After Sir Ian Botham.

by Anura Guruge




I had NOT initially paid much attention to his name because it wasn’t as if I was going to know him.

Then while reading a news story it suddenly struck me. ‘Botham‘ as a First (i.e., given) name. I had never seen that before.

Of course we cricketers all know Botham — Ian, BUT ‘Botham’ as a last name.

But, it all makes sense. He is from St. Lucia and cricket is very popular in St. Lucia. Possibly even the unofficial National Sport.

Botham Shem Jean, 29, was born in 1989. That was at the height of Ian Botham’s cricket exploits around the world.

I am sure that one or both his parents are cricket mad (like I) and named their son after ‘Ian Botham’. I would know. My son’s middle name, Gordon, is after West Indian cricket legend, Gordon Greenidge.


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Rare & Nice To See A Young International Cricketer Wearing Glasses, Pakistan’s New Imam-ul-Haq.

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Click to ENLARGE are read here. From ‘cricinfo.com’ — of course.


The ultra-famous uncle. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inzamam-ul-Haq


Click to ENLARGE are read here. From ‘cricinfo.com’ — of course.


Glasses or no glasses this ‘boy’ can bat. Hundred on ODI debut! Only the 13th batsman to have done that. Pretty select group with some famous names — but also conspicuous by the names that are not on the lost. Only one West Indian, dear Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge’s longtime opening partner. Imam-ul-Haq is only the second Pakistani. No Sri Lankan has done it — as yet.

I watched the highlights reel for that 3rd ODI. Pretty gutsy, gusty and increasingly entertaining innings. At first I couldn’t be sure, underneath the helmet, whether he was wearing glasses. He was. I can’t remember the last batsman I saw batting in glasses.

Of course we all remember Clive Lloyd. He always wore glasses.

Gordon Greenidge wore glasses for a short time in the 1980s (when he was going through a rare rough patch). I remember him in his glasses. Here is a picture. You have to look carefully to see the glasses. Like so many others he then switched to contacts.


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I Cried When South African Aiden Markram Got Run-Out On 97 Missing His ‘Hundred On Debut’!

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From ‘cricinfo.com’ at espncricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/600498.html. Click to ENLARGE and study here.


Click to ENLARGE. From cricinfo.com, of course.


90s on Debut — from cricinfo.com.

Note my all-time favorite, Gordon Greenidge, after whom my son is named,
got 93 in the FIRST innings.


Gordon Greenidge, to his credit scored 103 in the SECOND innings,
as such still qualifying for ‘Hundred on Debut’.

Click to ENLARGE. Also from cricinfo.com.


What a crying shame and it did make me cry.

I had only seen Aiden Markram once and I had already (i.e., last night) sung his praises — in print.

‘Hundred on Debut’ is quite a landmark and you only get TWO chances, ever, to do it — your 1st innings and the 2nd (if you get one).

As you can see MY MAN Gordon did succeed in the second innings — and in the process scored exactly 200 runs in the match.

There is a chance that Aiden Markram, even IF he gets a 2nd innings, might not have enough time to compile a hundred. It will take quite a bit of work on the part of Bangladesh even to get South Africa to bat again!

I still can’t make up my mind as to who was at fault. Markram was a long way up the pitch.

Such a shame. He took it well. Very mature. I am impressed. This boy is going to go far.

That Dean Elgar THEN managed to get out on 199 is pretty ironic. Do not feel too bad for him. 199 is, by any means, quite an INNINGS.


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Where Does South Africa Find Batting Talent Such As Aiden Markram?

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From ‘cricinfo.com’ at espncricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/600498.html. Click to ENLARGE and study here.



This might be sacrilegious to say so,
BUT he reminds me of Barry Richards!

Barry Richards, in his glory.


I saw him for the first time today, opening for South Africa in the Test match against Bangladesh. Wow. He oozes class! Not even 23-years old.

A few years ago it was Quinton de Kock. He is now one of my FAVORITE cricketers. Now  Aiden Markram.

South Africa is blessed. Hashim AmlaAB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy … and that is without mentioning the likes of David Miller. These guys can bat — bat seriously. What a batting unit.

As with Quinton de Kock, mark my word. Aiden Markram is going places.

P.S., I knew Barry Richards. Saw a LOT of him, playing for Hampshire between 1975 – 1979. I was a Hants. Cricket Club member during that time, and lucky enough to have Barry and Gordon Greenidge open for Hampshire.


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West Indies Grovel, Pathetically, As Australia Shows Them That They Are THE Masters!

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My letter to the U.K. “The Times” asking for the West Indies to be eliminated from International cricket. Click to ENLARGE and read.

I have said IT before, let me say it again.

The West Indies should NO LONGER be allowed to play INTERNATIONAL Cricket.

The pathetic, apathetic, groveling performance in Hobart, against Australia, in the 1st Test, PROVED, conclusively, what I have maintained.

Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Bangladesh, England, Zimbabwe, India, Pakistan & South Africa are NATIONS, proud ones at that, and those that play for those NATIONAL SIDES do so with PATRIOTISM & PRIDE.

There is NO NATION called the West Indies.

They are but a meaningless franchise and it shows.

There is NO PRIDE, no patriotism, NOTHING.

It is a bloody disgrace.

In 1976 the proud West Indians of that era smouldered when Tony Greig said he would make them grovel.

This bunch of pathetic pussies grovel without even been asked to.

STOP THIS CHARADE.

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From ESPN ‘cricinfo.com’. Click image for original.


Yes, Kraigg Brathwaite, who I have applauded in the past, did OK. But his 63.51% does NOT compare to Gordon Greenidge‘s (who my son is named after) efforts. For a start, Gordon, my hero, scored a century. Brathwaite, as if to PUNCTUATE what is wrong with the West Indies, fell short. In 1976 the West Indies WON by 425 runs. After Brathwaite the West Indies LOST by an INNINGS and 212 runs. Does not compare.

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From ESPN ‘cricinfo.com’. Click image for original.


Brian Close — I Am Sorry; What A MAN, But 84 Was Quite The Innings.


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Ain’t this the truth? What a GUY. One of my all time heroes.

Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” tribute.

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Yes, I saw this, LIVE, on TV in 1976 —
Close and Edrich at Old Trafford against Holding, Andy Roberts and Daniels.
I remember it well.

NOTE: NO Helmets. These were REAL men.

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YouTube video of Brian Close getting peppered by Michael Holding, at Old Trafford, in 1976.
I watched this, IN AWE, live, on TV. I still remember it.
Now this was REAL cricket. NO helmets. Real men!

Brian Close — What a MAN.

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Given our difference in age I only saw him towards the end of his career.

But, of course, he was a legend. A giant. I saw him during the 1976 West Indies Test Series. That was a turning point in my life. I was 23 years old and was working for IBM — at Hursley in Hampshire. I belonged to Hampshire Cricket Club (as a non-playing member, of course) and for the first time in my life getting the chance to see a lot of professional cricket. Gordon Greenidge and Andy Roberts both played for Hampshire and I knew them. So the 1976 Test Series was big. I followed it avidly. Yes, I went to Lord’s for the Saturday of the Test. That became my ‘thing’. Saturday of the Lord’s Test Match. That ’76 Series was epic. Changed my life. That is when I really became addicted to cricket. I still have so many books about that series INCLUDING the big Bob Frindall’s Score Book.

This (->) is how I will always remember Brian. That is what he looked liked (mainly) in the mid-1970s. I saw him at Somerset and in Hampshire. In those days I watched Somerset, in Somerset, whenever I could. I spent many weekends in Bristol and Somerset was ‘next door’. So Brian is no stranger to me.

84, even by his standards, wasn’t a bad knock. So I can’t complain.

I will miss him. What a guy. They don’t make them like that anymore. When I see batsman ducking into the ball, as did Eoin Morgan on Sunday, it makes me so mad. Helmets have been the bane of cricket. Batsman think they can handle the short stuff because they have the protection. They NEVER saw Brian and John Edrich. Now that was cricket.

Thank YOU, Brian. That, as you must know, was quite the INNINGS. You will always be ‘Not Out’ in MY book.


A Cheap Jensen Record Player Rounded Off My ‘Now You Are 60’ Christmas Of Nostalgia.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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I did not know about the toy tin train or the Queen’s coronation cover,
but I had asked for a big Poppy Pin from the U.K.
and a Jensen record player (turntable).

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Why I hadn’t got a Jensen earlier is just another one of those inexplicable mysteries that litter my life.

Yes, I have two (I think) turntables and a few old amplifiers and speakers stored in various nooks and crannies
but they have never been hooked up.

I did have a record player when we lived in Gilford but I gave it away
because I planned to get a new one. Well that was 7 years ago.

My last real system was my Linn Sondek, Naim and Linn Isobarik
system, which I had bought in the U.K.,
in 1981 when I first started doing public seminars.

I just checked eBay. The prices are crazy.
I think they were crazy in 1981 but my finances were different.
I don’t need a Linn right now — or ever.

There was a time when I had over 600 LPs.

I whittled that down to about 300 when we lived in Gilford.

Then I decided just to keep the very special ones and threw the others away.

I now have about 60 — most from the late 1960s and early 1970.

They have seen a lot of use.

I would cringe have a $500 Klyde cartridge traversing those grooves.

Actually haven’t bothered to check what the cartridge situation
is with the Jensen.

OK. I just checked. ~$35. Hhhhmmm.

I had, and still have, some very esoteric, eclectic, kind-of-folksy
taste in music. Here are some of the LPs that I have
been listening to, again, with the Jensen.

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I had genuinely missed the ‘Strawbs‘.
‘The Man Who Called Himself Jesus’ still does numbers on me.

I saw the ‘Strawbs’, kind of by mistake, in 1969.

‘If it was so simple’ by ‘Longdancer‘ is my theme song for life.

Pentangle‘ should have been bigger.

I saw ‘Quintessence‘ in Swansea in 1972 or 1973.

“Matthew’s Southern Comfort”.
That is WHY my son is called “Matthew”!
That tells its own story.
I wanted to call him ‘Gordon’ after my all time hero Gordon Greenidge.
I was told I couldn’t because it sounded too Judaic!
Never understood that. So the compromise was: Matthew Gordon Guruge.
The only child that I named that has a middle name.


Tri-Nation Series: ESPN CricInfo Claims To Have A Free Highlights Video Of Chris Gayle (West Indies) Destroying Sri Lanka In Jamaica.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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ESPN CricInfo video page

Click to access ESPN CricInfo video page.

With ESPN, as we are all beginning to appreciate, to our loss, there is ‘theory’ and then there is ‘practice’ — with no apparent connection between the two. This morning’s (i.e., June 29, 2013) CricInfo video page claims that there is a free ‘Highlights: West Indies defeats Sri Lanka comfortably led by Chris Gayle’s brilliant century and a four-wicket haul by Sunil Narine (03:54) | Jun 29, 2013’. Well I clicked on it till I was blue in the face and that takes some doing given my tan — even during this rainy, gloomy June in New England (thanks to my tanning lights).

Nothing. The video shows as 0:00/0:00. That means it hasn’t been uploaded. It is very frustrating. The ICC should be deprived of their collective balls for giving these TV rights to bloody ESPN.

I like watching Chris Gayle and over the last 6 months (using my 80 hour recorded cache from TEN cricket) I had watched a lot of Chris Gayle. He is something else. I was lucky enough to have seen the likes of Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge and Collis King. [Yes, I was there and saw his 86 at the 1979 World Cup, my abiding memory being Viv applauding him, with genuine appreciation, when we was finally out).

None of them had the physical dimensions and strength of Chris, never mind that railway sleeper that he uses as a bat. I often wonder how Viv and Gordon would have fared if they also had modern, super-heavy bats — they, in their time, resorting to the latest and greatest of that era such as the scoop bat and the Jumbo. Chris’ technique, however, always amuses me. His technique at times is worse than mine, and like him I too could hit the ball, a very long way, if it was just right — it was all the other balls that were my undoing, as is the case with Chris. Interesting that he is allowed to get away with it. But, when he clicks he sure does click.

While waiting for ESPN to load the video you may want to check out the photo gallery. There are some good pictures. This picture cracked me up:

And here here is one of Gayle.

Our Next Event At Dartmouth: ‘World Music Percussion Ensemble’ At The Hopkins In February 22, 2013.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Watch, with glee, the 2010 equivalent of this event, at Dartmouth, under the guidance of the SAME Director. Click to access the YouTube video.

Watch, with glee, the 2010 equivalent of this event, at Dartmouth, under the guidance of the SAME Director. Click to access the YouTube video.


Professor Hafiz Shabazz, Dartmouth Dept. of Music, who is directing the February ensemble on 'Afrobeat'. Click for YouTube video.

Professor Hafiz Shabazz, Dartmouth Dept. of Music, who is directing the February ensemble on ‘Afrobeat’. Click for YouTube video.


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Christmas Revels‘, though a perennial favorite, is not the only show that has had me in jaw dropping awe at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth.

In 1998 or 1999, I went to see ‘Gypsy Road: Musical Migration India to Spain‘ at the Hop. It was my first time to Dartmouth, i.e., Hanover or Lebanon, ever! It was love at first sight. It was a Sunday late afternoon performance. As I drove by the Hop looking for a place to park I saw three Indian musicians, from the show, dressed in white, sitting on a bench playing sitars. Surreal, but captured what the Hop is all about. Holistic entertainment: not restricted just to the stage. The show was outstanding. My feet tapped the whole time. I rushed off during intermission and bought the CD. I still have a copy of it, though not the original. At one stage I had three copies: one for the car, one for the house and one for my PC. From then on I associate great percussion music in NH with the Hop.

This World Percussion Ensemble, knowing Dartmouth and their lofty standards, should be world class. I can already feel it. It surely will hop. A bit of the Caribbean in NH in the darkest days of Winter. Having lived in NH since 1986 I have come to realize that ‘February’ is the coldest month of Winter. I am so glad that it is also, per the calendar, the shortest. This drum fest, as does Revels, should help us get over the hump and look forward to the glory days of Summer. So we will be there. Yes, I already have the tickets, though I don’t think they are front-row as was the case with Revels.

Gordon, another that always brought sunshine to my life.

The Hop description promises: ‘music of reggae pioneers Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley, soca dance music from Trinidad, plus rumba, merengue and more …‘. Wow. I grew up with Marley. Plus, given my life long addiction to cricket, I have a spiritual connection with the Caribbean; my only son having the middle name ‘Gordon’ in honor of Barbadian test cricketer Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge, MBE.

Tickets are still available, though I have to think that they must be going fast. So, if I were you I wouldn’t wait too long. Make it a Christmas present.