Saturday, June 21, 2003


They're baaaaaaak!

At close of play today the West Indies had 8 wickets in hand and trailed by 193 runs in their 1st innings, behind Sri Lanka's 354. It is said that, "Attacking batting from West Indies lit up the second half of the second day's play in the inaugural Test in St Lucia. Wavell Hinds led the way with a forthright 74 not out as West Indies made a spirited reply to Sri Lanka's stolid 354.

Hinds, who biffed four sixes off the spinners, as well as three fours, played the major role in an unbeaten third-wicket stand of 95 with Brian Lara, who was also in attack mode during his innings. Neither batsman allowed the spinners to settle - important after Muttiah Muralitharan struck early on, pinning Chris Gayle in front with his arm ball for 27 (66 for 2). That followed another lbw decision, when Daren Ganga (12) was beaten by Chaminda Vaas (18 for 1).

Thoughts of the follow-on were banished by the aggressive Hinds, and at stumps - which again came a few overs early, this time because of bad light - West Indies had reached 161 for 2."

Notice I said,"It is said..." Why? Well, it's not like I actually saw it, inspite of the fact that the match is being played right here. Noooooooo, not with those WICB clods being utter rots about the whole business. What's the problem? The WICB won't allow the match to be telecast in the host country unless it's sold out. You get 2 guesses as to whether it sold out.

I'm royally put out. If you want to know more about the day's play you'll have to read about it here.

5 Ninjas, 1 Kitten and a Fifth of Vodka!