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“Fantastic atmosphere!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kensington Oval

Kensington Oval
Bridgetown, Barbados
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Ranked #10 of 80 things to do in Bridgetown
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“Fantastic atmosphere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

My husband wanted to go here as he is a huge crickey fan and while im not myself, I still had a great time.

We originally tried to get tickets in the vip section but im so glad we didnt as it looks a bit 'stiff' and the seats on ground level seem to be so much better.

You get a great view (pitch is not as big as it seems on tele) and partially under cover which was a bonus as part of the match was rained off at the beginning.

Lots of singing, cheering and enthusiasm (helped that barbados beat st. Lucia) as well as a bizarrely awesome brass band that makes the rounds.

Husbands particular fave was the gorgeous cheerleaders! :)

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Dartford, United Kingdom
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“Barbados v St Lucia CPL T20”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Went spur of the moment with wife & kids.

None of us are real cricket fans.

What a venue ! The crowd go mad, there was a trumpet band led by a band leader in a pink suit, scantily clad cheerleaders, breakdancing and a DJ in the interval, a chap who sells nuts and literally lobs them at you and you pass the money along the row - it's a mini carnival !

Safe venue. Easy access. Good facilities. Superb Bajan hospitality.

The cricket was good too.

Highly recommended.

Visited July 2014
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Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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“Mecca of cricket Nostalgia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Being a middle aged man mad on sport and in particular cricket in the late seventies early eighties,when the West Indies were the best by a country mile, this tour brought back memories of cricketing greats. it is a place where Greenidge and Haynes batted for hours and where Garner and Marshall terrorised visiting batsmen in particular English..visiting batsmen.
It's well worth dragging any poor cricketing widow round . The tour guide was very knowledgeable and embraced cricket talk of my era and current day.

Visited July 2014
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Devon
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“Walking the hallowed pitch!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

It's not often you get chance to walk on a hallowed pitch but when we toured the Kensington Oval we were surprised, and excited, to be able to do just that. We arrived at the Oval on the off-chance of being able to see inside and luckily we could, there and then. Our guide Jenny first set up a video telling us the history of the Oval and the cricket teams, and then showed us around the stands and in the presidential room. She then took us on to the pitch itself - what a fantastic feeling to stand where so many great cricketers have played. It was a shame there wasn't a match we could watch, but there may be next time!

Visited May 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“20/20 in the 3w’s….”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Although this iconic oval has had a major facelift in recent years and perhaps lost a bit of its original charm, I wanted to visit for my late father who loved cricket – I remember when I was as a young lad, Dad would stay up all night to watch our Aussies take on the West Indies…. Jump forward 20 years or so and my wife and I visited for the 20/20 final 2014 between Spartan and Wanderers. Earlier, we were out exploring Bridgetown – word to the wise, don’t bother doing this on a Sunday – it is like a ghost town as most are in church or at home. We decided just to walk the couple of km’s to the ground to get some exercise. Oddly, it is in a heavily industrial area of town so there were really no shops open save for the service station across the road. There are a couple of bars down by the marina though these were closed also. So we pretty much had about 3-4 hours doing nothing before the game started in the early evening. Once finally inside, the 3W's stand (the only one in use for this game) started filling up and we grabbed a few banks beers and some chicken & chips and took our seats. It gets pretty lively as the locals obviously take their cricket very seriously. It was a decent game under lights with Spartan ending comfortable victors.

Visited May 2014
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