Travelling ICC CWC Supporters Lap Up The Beach Life

When rain stopped play at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground yesterday afternoon, for some it simply meant they’d be back for more today. The travelling supporters of the both the West Indies and Australia teams were quite happy to return to the brand new venue for a morning of cricket action – this time with the likes of Brian Lara at the crease. Having made the trip to Antigua primarily to watch cricket, for those in the Party Stand – Beach 366 – it couldn’t get much sweeter. With bright sunshine overhead, the pool at Beach 366 was a popular destination – particularly for the Australian contingent who happily cheered on their team while standing in waist-high water. The novel idea to create a beach environment called Beach 366 originated from the fact that Antigua boasts of having 365 beaches; one for each day of the year. Despite a change in location and an upgrade in the level of the facility, familiar stalwarts of Antiguan cricket graced the first Super 8 match with their presence, giving the atmosphere a touch of “the old”. Having kept the fans entertained throughout yesterday’s downpour, the sounds of Chickie’s musical selections reigned again today. And for those looking to soak up a little West Indies cricket lore – the unmistakable Gravy was back! Dressed in a dapper mint-green tuxedo, with emerald cummerbund and natty black brogues, the man who was for many years a fixture at the Antigua Recreation Ground (ARG) and who famously “retired” in 2000, put in a brief appearance to give the new Party Stand his stamp of approval. Not only was he dressed for the occasion, he has the ultimate accessory – his very own World Cup!