Kensington Oval

Published: Saturday, January 1, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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The Kensington Oval has been home to Pickwick CC since 1882, and originally a pasture on a plantation 600 yards from the coast, it has grown into one of the most impressive grounds in the Caribbean. The official capacity is 15,000, although more have been crammed in on occasions. In more recent times, the locals have often been outnumbered by tourists (Barbados being a tourism centre) never more so than when England visit. The pitches at Bridgetown are generally fast and bouncy, but generally favour the batsmen.

The Wicket:Traditionally the Kensington Oval pitch has provided the most assistance to seam bowlers of any of the major cricket grounds in the Caribbean. Typically bouncy and pacy on the first day, captains have tended to bowl first upon winning the toss.

The pitch does tend to flatten out somewhat over the course of the match, but remains quick enough for the bowlers to remain in the equation.

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