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Slow sales at Oval

Vendors operating at Kensington Oval reported poor sales on the final day of the third test between West Indies and New Zealand.

They say persistent showers may have deterred spectators, with just over 100 cricket fans being in the Oval at any given time today.

Fans have also suggested that the performance of the regional side may have also caused many fans to stay away.

One spectator, on his way out of the Oval at the start of the tea interval, told Barbados TODAY, “this test match was a waste of time”.

“They (WICB) just throw the match in there. It wasn’t planned. It should have been called off. And the way the Windies playing who is going to come down here to waste time. Only ones here are the loyal fans and that’s the way it will always be. Test cricket is becoming a joke. I bet in here will be packed for CPL [Caribbean Premier League],” he said.

Meantime, Cora Rimple, who operates from the Worrell Weekes and Walcott stand, said that business had been very slow over the last few days.

“Things hard so no one is buying like they used to.

From Thursday things have been in between but for the most part it has been very slow,” Rimple said.

She was hopeful business would pick up when the CPL tournament begins in a few weeks time.

Over in the Greenidge and Haynes stand, the sentiments were the same, with one vendor describing sales as “awful”.

One worker who sold fruits from a stall owned by Colin Mayers, said, “things extremely slow, especially compared to other years.” (DB)


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