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ALL ABOARD: These “English Pirates” made sure they got the perfect view from the top of their “ship”. (PC) West Indian fans having a ball as their team beat the English yesterday. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.) FRED AND THE FAMILY: The ‘Flintstones’ were out in full force at Kensington Oval. (PC) TRINI POSSE: Excitement among these Trinidadians as they celebrate the fall of another  English wicket. (PC) JUST LIMING: Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite (left) enjoying the company of Erskine King, Director of Sport at the National Sports Council (right), BCA board members Orson Simpson (second left) and Owen Estwick (partly hidden). (PC)

By Randy Bennett | Mon, March 10, 2014 - 12:07 AM

IT WAS A JAM-PACKED PARTY at Kensington Oval yesterday.

And to add icing on the party cake, the West Indies won too.

There was standing room only at “The Mecca” as eager spectators filled every available seat to witness the first Twenty20 between England and the West Indies.

And it turned out to be a perfect Sunday outing for most of them, as they witnessed the home side romp to a comfortable 27-run win over the visitors.

It was a kaleidoscope of colour across the Hewitt & Inniss, Greenidge & Haynes, Hall & Griffith and 3Ws stands, while flags of all nationalities could be seen flying high.

Every boundary, especially those made by West Indian batsmen, was greeted with the sounds of thundersticks, whistles, claps and screams, which added to the festive mood.

Over in the Party Stand, it was a Carnival-like atmosphere as patrons wined and dined to the latest soca, calypso and reggae tunes.

There was even a “raging bull” on hand for those daring people brave enough to ride it, although they all suffered the same fate of being tossed off.

And even hours after the match had finished, the Party Stand resembled that of a fete, with the majority of its patrons opting to stay and enjoy the entertainment.

For 26-year-old Josh Taylor from Birmingham, England, his first visit to the island was turning to be a very enjoyable one.

“The atmosphere here is unbelievable, it’s quite awesome to tell the truth,” he told the DAILY NATION while gyrating to Rihanna’s Drink To That as it blasted from the speakers.

“It’s my first time here and I really came to watch the cricket, but I haven’t been able to do much of that as yet.”

Up in the third floor of the 3Ws Stand, things in the Barbados Cricket Association’s Presidential Suite were a bit more relaxed.

Among those opting to watch the match from the Suite’s bird’s eye view was Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture Stephen Lashley and Director of Sport at the National Sports Council, Erskine King.

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