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HEADLINE: The man in the photo..Joe Solomon
Joe Solomon waits.
He stands at backward square-leg, closer in than usual. Everyone is closer than usual. Frank Worrell has made sure of it. Australia need one run to win; the West Indians must attack. Worrell reminds Wes Hall not to bowl a no-ball and calms his men, some of whom flap about in the excitement of the moment. Joe Solomon needs no such quieting. By his nature he is unflappable. Three balls ago, Hall had a run-out chance from point-blank range, three stumps to aim at. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, he would hit. This is the one in a hundred.
Next delivery, Hall ran towards midwicket, almost collided with Rohan Kanhai, and dropped a catch off his own bowling. Pressure does funny things, even to great players.
Joe Solomon is not a great player. He scored 65 and 47 earlier in this match, but will end his career with one Test century and an average of 34.
As a batsman he lacks flair. As a fieldsman he is dazzling. His aim is true, honed by years of pelting stones at mangoes as a boy back home in Guyana. Last over he threw down the stumps from midwicket to run out Alan Davidson.
In reply to CaribbeanCricket.com
It must have been 2..3 o'clock in the morning ..I listened to that over on a small transistor radio in my cousins home in Mona Heights.I think I was 16...what an over!!!
Joe Solomon was the stabiliser ...somewhat like what Brendan Nash did.
In reply to mitch44
Before my time.
But I probably heard of Joe Solomon as much as I heard of the greats.
I was amazed later to find out that he was just an average Joe.
I particularly liked Peter Lashley's description (elsewhere) of that famous run out:
West Indies batsman Peter Lashley described the final moment, saying, "I was fielding close to Joe Solomon. I was at square leg and he was at midwicket. It was coming to my right hand, which was my throwing hand, and his left hand, which was not his throwing hand. I was the likely person to pick the ball up, but he'd just knocked down the stumps to run out Davidson, and he said, 'Move! Move! Move!' So I stopped, which was unusual for me. He swooped and picked the ball up and hit the stumps again. Had I picked the ball up there would have been no tied Test!"