Oval jam

Randy Bennett,

Added 10 March 2014


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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