Massive crowds expected at Kensington for CPL cricket

Kensington Oval is expected to be bursting at the seams this weekend, as box offices are reporting steady ticket sales for the Barbados leg of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which got under way tonight.

While ticket sales for tonight’s face-off between the home team, Barbados Tridents and Guyana Amazon Warriors, were a bit slow, the weekend matches are expected to be packed.

On Saturday, the Tridents, led by the talismanic Kieron Pollard, play the St Kitt’s Patriots, captained by T20 legend Chris Gayle, while large contingents of Trinidadians are expected to fly in to see their team, Trinbago Knight Riders, play the Tridents on Sunday.

When Barbados TODAY visited the ticketing office this afternoon the customary snaking lines of people were missing.

However CPL spokesman Kevin Pileinsisted that this was by no means an indicator of attendance at the games.

“Normally our heaviest turnout is on weekends and we having a game on a Tuesday night which is unusual for a CPL game in Barbados, so you are not necessarily going to see the long lines symptomatic with weekend games. But we have sold 50 per cent of the seats already, which is a huge achievement. Ticket sales been very encouraging,” Pile said.

“Yesterday was a very high turnout and the day before was a very heavy turnout, so you would have seen very long lines at the ticket office on those days. Spectators are certainly responding to the games very well so we are very pleased with what we are seeing at this stage,” he added.

The Tridents have been erratic in the competition so far, winning two of their six outings on a difficult road trip, and currently lie fifth on four points.

Significantly, they are outside the top four – the playoff positions – and will use the four games here over the next week to try to claw their way back into contention.

Even with the odds stacked against the local boys, Pile was confident that enthusiasm levels would remain high.

“What I can guarantee you about the weekend games, that on Saturday for the game against the Trinbago Knight Riders, which has some of the biggest stars in world cricket and with Chris Gayle arriving with St Kitts Patriots, I can guarantee that those days would be bumper days.  The bottom line is that enthusiasm is very high and the ticket sales are steady,” he noted. 

5 Responses to Massive crowds expected at Kensington for CPL cricket

  1. harry turnover August 30, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Bajans so damn stupid that they are following the crowds in the other Islands but not realizing what Pollard and the coach are rubbing in their faces with the composition of the SQUAD to begin with and on extension the composition of the team
    Just look at the stink that happened last night and to make matters worst,they are going to flock to the mecca again this weekend to endure more of the stink
    To the well known MC who craves publicity and his outdated brand of comedy why don’t you tell those who skin their teet and keep noise when they see you with a mic in hand that they don’t have to pay to get a “stink high” when they can go to the South Coast and get it for FREE

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    • Clyde Thompson August 30, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Very negative harry, you need to lighten up and admire progress in West Indian cricket.

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      • harry turnover August 31, 2017 at 9:49 am

        Another one that Pollard and the Trinidadians are laughing at….but I can’t blame you if you don’t know what is REALLY going on.
        You talk about progress in WI cricket ? so where is the progress in WI cricket coming from as of August 30 2017 ? certainly not from Kieron Pollards’ side laced with Trinidadiansin NOVICES in this CPL
        Maybe you one of those that stayed behind to enjoyed the stink high to the end.

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        • Clyde Thompson September 1, 2017 at 8:25 am

          You are not only negative you are grossly ignorant, the composition of nationalities hast nothing to do with the structure of the professional team, what you need to understand is that the Tridents is a Barbados “based” team not a “national” team. I am seeing a totally different picture to you, you are bias and stink with a national prejudice.
          I was just as angry as you are about the outcome of the game, I just shut the TV off and moved on to a “professional” baseball game, if you pay for entertainment you got it with the sub standard play but don’t blame the captain because he’s a Trinidadian, he’ll be paid while you are out there having a coronary.
          Maybe and just maybe, if guys like you come out pay and support your team rather than sit and criticise them they will be a better team.
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  2. Clyde Thompson August 31, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    You are not only negative you are grossly ignorant, the composition of nationalities hast nothing to do with the structure of the professional team, what you need to understand is that the Tridents is a Barbados “based” team not a “national” team. I am seeing a totally different picture to you, you are bias and stink with a national prejudice.
    I was just as angry as you are about the outcome of the game, I just shut the TV off and moved on to a “professional” baseball game, if you pay for entertainment you got it with the sub standard play but don’t blame the captain because he’s a Trinidadian, he’ll be paid while you are out there having a coronary.
    Maybe and just maybe, if guys like you come out pay and support your team rather than sit and criticise them they will be a better team.

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