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Thousands flock to Kensington Oval

Anmar Goodridge-Boyce

Thousands flock to Kensington Oval

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A massive crowd of cricket fans has gathered at Kensington Oval in Barbados for the first day of the opening Test between the West Indies and England.

From as early as 7:30 this morning there were long lines at the entrance to the stands, long before the first ball is scheduled to be bowled around 10.

It’s the 154th Test match at the “Mecca” and the 16th between the two teams at the world famous cricket arena.

Yesterday, Barbados Cricket Association president Conde Riley predicted a bumper crowd as few tickets were left for the first three days, with 4 000 Barmy Army fans on the island just for the game.

In the last match between the teams at the venue, the West Indies, under Denesh Ramdin’s captaincy, and England, led by the now retired Alastair Cook, shared the spoils 1-1 in the three- match series in 2015. (AGB)