Sunday, April 14, 2024

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: A doubting Thomas no more


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Thomas answered him “My Lord and my God!”

Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” – John 20: 28, 29.

WELL! WELL!  Did the West Indies really win a Test match? Unbelievable.

Yes, they won the third Test match last Sunday at Kensington Oval. And they won with two days to spare. What a win!

I attended that match on Friday and Saturday.

It was a very memorable occasion for me. I sat next to an old classmate of mine, Randolph Smith. We had not seen each other for almost 50 years after passing through the hallowed walls of the Federal High School in 1965 as final year students.

It was Randolph who made himself known to me after he was living in England for 38 years. He recognised me from the newspaper and hearing my voice on the radio programme. What a meeting it was!

I am sure that the Test match was not only a great occasion for me but for all West Indies fans.

To be honest, I never thought that the West Indies would ever win a Test match or even draw the series.

They must thank Darren Bravo and Jermaine Blackwood for a match-winning fifth-wicket partnership of 108.

As for Shivnarine Chanderpaul, I am not saying anything about him for now. The players showed character because the bowlers bowled out England for relatively low scores in both innings. 

I hope this victory silences the England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves, who described the Caribbean side as “mediocre”.

West Indies came out of the series with some light  at the end of the tunnel. The three seamers – Jerome Taylor, Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel – held their own and Blackwood has shown that he has what it takes to play Test cricket.

Best wishes for good luck in the future must be extended to the team.


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