I remember a young..yes young and fast Cameron Cuffy bouncing at and nearly hitting Viv in one of those Leewards Vs Windawrds derbys.
Yes..for those who dont remember Cameron Cuffy, in maroon he was an accurate medium pacer. The Young Cuffy however was quite a different Bowler. Tall, strong and athletic, many believed he would even be better than his fiery countryman, Winston Davis.
Viv was at the end of his illustrious career and Cuffy was staking his claim. He ran through the early Leewards batters that afternoon in Queens Park. Atherton was the only one putting up some resistance.
Viv came in to join him with Cuffy's tail up. Young Cuffy had his wares on display and he was clearly troubling Atherton too, who was groping and uncomfortable.
Viv came joined Atherton in a repairing effort and Cameron rudely bounced at the great man. Viv laughed, rubbing his head pretending that Cuffy had hit him. Cuffy laughed, the kinda stupid laugh that young fools give when they believe they accomplished something without a clue of what was to happen next.
What happened next was epic. Viv laid into Cuffy..there was 20 Plus in the over. Those flicks were on parade. I remember mid wicket running as though he had a chance, then stopping as the ball took even more height after crossing the boundary.
When Viv left..he was 73..caught somewhere on a boundary. Atherthon, who was on 20 plus when Viv came in, was still on 20 plus. Cuffy just sat on his arse a broken, bewildered heap of muscle.
I have little doubt, that day had something to do with big strong Cuffy deciding that it made more sense to bowl at the wicket, than to bounce at people.