West Indies cricket, 50 years ago

first_imgFifty years ago, January 27, 1966, West Indies cricket came of age, fully of age. It was the first day of a regional competition, a competition that provided regular, though limited, competition of four matches per team on an annual basis, and a competition that undoubtedly lifted West Indies cricket into the company of cricket in England, Australia, South Africa, and India. Half a century ago, the Shell Shield was founded, and it signalled the start of the rise of West Indies cricket to the top. The West Indies started playing Test cricket in 1928, they made their presence felt for the first time in 1950 by beating England in England, in 1966, they had their first official and regular tournament, and by the 1980s, the West Indies were the undisputed champions of the world. Today, they are nowhere to be found, not anywhere near the top. In fact, near to the bottom of the ladder. Fifty years ago, following the illustrious careers of players like Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott, Sonny Ramadhin, and Alfred Valentine, the Shell Shield arrived in time to complement those of great players like Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Seymour Nurse, Basil Butcher, Conrad Hunte, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Lance Gibbs, Jackie Hendriks, and Deryck Murray. And it stayed around to herald the coming of champions such as Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Bernard Julien, Keith Boyce, Richie Richardson, Malcolm Marshall, and Jeffrey Dujon, to name a few. The regional competition started as the Shell Shield, it lasted until 1987 before it changed several times to include the Red Stripe Cup, the President’s Cup, the Busta Cup, and the Carib Beer Series to the present Professional Cricket League of the West Indies. It started with Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and the Combined Islands before teams from faraway places like England and Kenya were invited to participate. The regional competition, which was won by Barbados on 12 occasions in its time as the Shell Shield, was rated by many as the best first-class cricket competition in the world because of the quality of its players and the level of its competition, especially in its early years. The first regional match, known as the Shell Shield, was played between the Combined Islands and Jamaica on January 27, 28, 29, and 31 at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St Johns, Antigua, and it was a draw. It was a match in which opening batsman Teddy Griffith, playing for Jamaica, made 150 runs, the first century in the competition, opening batsman Easton McMorris scored 134 in the second innings, the first of three successive centuries, including 127 not out, out of 236 all out against Trinidad and Tobago, and 190 versus Lance Gibbs and Edwin Mohammed of Guyana. Over the years, there have been huge scores, such as the Leeward Islands 718 for seven against Kenya in Antigua in 2004, Guyana’s 641 for five declared versus Barbados in 1967, and the Leeward Islands 613 for five declared against Trinidad and Tobago at the ARG n 1984, and low scores, such as Guyana’s 41 versus Jamaica at Sabina Park in 1986, the Combined Islands 53 against Barbados at Warner Park in 1974, and 54 by the Windward Islands at Arnos Vale in 1968. SHELL SHIELD TITLE ROBBED The Shell Shield, the Red Stripe Cup, or the President’s Cup, whatever it was called, it served West Indies well, despite its many changes in scoring, which led to the result of the match between the Combined Islands and Trinidad and Tobago in 1975, according to the rules of the completion, ending as a draw instead of a tie, and robbed the Combined Islands of the title. There is also its latest change to a franchise system, with, for example, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago, now known as the Jamaica Scorpions, the Barbados Pride, and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. The late Allan Rae, a former president of the West Indies Board, said on the 21st birthday of the regional competition, “One only has to compare the performances of the West Indies team before Shell’s involvement with the performances since that involvement to appreciate the force for good that the Shell Shield has been on our cricket.”last_img read more

GOLF: ROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB NOTES

first_imgROSAPENNA NOTESThe club competition on Sunday the 15th was won by  Jody McHugh 16 with an unbelievable score of 48 pts (4 over gross) over the Sandy Hills Links.The runner up was young Matthew Coyle 19 with 41 pts. The gross winner was Pat Boyce 5 with 34 gross pts. Third place was Denis McBride 9 with 39 pts bot. The front nine was won by Con Boyce 5 with 21 pts and the back nine was won by Denis Harkin 11 with 22 pts.Congratulations to the Gaeltacht team who claimed 8.5 matches from 10 against Falcarragh on the Sandy Hills Links last Saturday the 14th.The four ball better ball on the day was won by Pete McBride Snr & Mark Bradley with 41 pts. Runners up were Edward McGroddy & John Casey with 40 pts bot. Advertisement Third place was Sean Boyce & Seamus Connor with 40 pts. Rosapenna now have 51 points from a possible 60 after three games.The next match is scheduled for Saturday the 4th of February at home against Gweedore GC.The 2012 Ladies & Gents Captains Drive In will take place on the Sandy Hills Links on Saturday the 11th of February.There is an entry sheet posted in the members room of the Pavilion and  anyone who wishes to play on the day must put their name and contact number on this sheet before Friday the 10th at 6.00pm sharp. There will then be an open draw for a mixed four ball scramble over the Sandy Hills Links.Registration on the day will take place upstairs from 9.45am with Tea/Coffee served.The official Lady & Gents Drive In will take place from the 1st tee at 11.00am and then all players will go to the assigned tees for a shotgun start at 11.30am.The entry fee will be 15e per player to include a meal after the round in the Golf Pavilion.The following rule is in play on the Sandy Hills Links until further notice: If your golf ball lands on the fairway you must lift it and place it in the semi rough on either side. A ball in the semi-rough or rough must be played as it lies. Only a putter may be used on the fairway.All members are kindly asked to keep all pull trolleys, electric trolleys and drive buggies well back from the roped off putting green surrounds and all teeing areas on the Sandy Hills Links as we try to protect the main playing surfaces as much as possible over the winter months.All players are asked to play from the mats provided on the Par 3’s and not from the turf teeing area directly behind the mats. All of the clearly marked areas on holes 1, 8, 9 and 13 that are currently under construction are ground under repair.There will be a closed club competition this Sun the 22nd, Sun 29th of Jan & Sun 5th Feb. The North-West Alliance visits the Sandy Hills Links at Rosapenna on Saturday the 18th of February.The Mevagh Day Centre Fund Raising Golf Classic will take place over the Sandy Hills Links on Saturday the 25th of February. There will be a fund raising Golf Classic for the Downing’s Tidy Towns Committee over the Sandy Hills Links on Saturday the 10th of March.All closed club competitions on both links at Rosapenna are played from the Blue Markers unless cleary stated otherwise. PGA Professional Noel Callan is available for lessons at the Rosapenna Practice Ground by appointment, all enquires can be made by contacting Noel directly on 0044 7789 157654. GOLF: ROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GOLF: ROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB NOTESlast_img read more