Middlesex till we die
We Ain't Going to Stanford it. Part 5 of 6
By Beefy Roberts
March 1 2020


How the mighty fall

Due to mix up in order this is final offering from Beefy of Antigua trip. Part  6 was submitted before part 5 and can be read at end link. Meanmwhile we hear of a game of beach cricket with legends and a boost for a local barman. .  

Kev, have done out of order this is AFTER next part. Got all confused what has, and hasn’t been done...lol

Feeling slightly rough around the edges after the Stanford game and drowning our sorrows last night, Today is a more sedate game of cricket. More beach cricket, but this time we find out our idea from a few days ago has been 'stolen' by others and the hotel had arranged a game on the beach. Starting at 11am,with the first game at 11.30.

We meet at breakfast as usual, with all out 'things'...Flags, bags, cameras, sun cream etc and we head to 'Jolly Beach Cricket Ground'. We have music a temporary pitch players in kit and a lovely backdrop of the ocean.

West Indies, who are full of stars, Captained by my cricket hero, Sir IV Richards (I am watching him play, i really am in Antigua!), Gordon Greenidge, Joel Garner, Richie Richardson,Curlty Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Eldine Baptiste, Roger Harper. That is some side to play beach cricket!!

England consists of Devon Malcolm, Phil DeFraitas, Gladstone Small, Allan Lamb, Darren Gough, Nasser Hussain, Graeme Hick, Craig White, and Andrew Caddick.

This as just after Goughie had won that dancing stuff on BBC. Yes we did give him some stick!

To be honest, i can’t remember the result, but with these two sides, ii have a feeling the West Indies side would of won!

 

After the fun, we had time to ourselves, so we spent time at the 'local bar' and decided to go on a tourist trek to Shirley Heights that evening. Ironically Kev got a text from someone called Shirley on the journey, which caused much laughter and some crude unrepeatable comments  

 I was very lucky to get hold of a ticket for the $20m game in the hospitality area and, talking about it to Kev at the bar, Our friend behind the bar was listening as was saying he didn’t have a ticket for this game, As i had a spare i offered it to him at half the face value of ticket. He wanted to go, but just couldn’t afford it. Kev pulled me to one side and had a chat with me. I followed his suggestion and asked the guy if he would like the ticket free, as i am already going to the game. His eyes lit up, so, he still got to the game.

 

Coming up, the final part of this trilogy...i can hear the cheering now!!