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Watching cricket at the Beausejour

Sixes in the sun

The Beausejour Cricket Ground, venue for England's group matches, is simply one of the most picturesque places to watch cricket in the world. By Daniel Brigham...

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A bottle of ice-cool Piton beer in both hands, St Lucia flag draped over my head to keep out the 30° heat, my feet all danced-out and Chris Gayle hammering sixes into the crowd. This certainly isn't Lord’s.

The party stand at the Beausejour stadium exemplifies the atmosphere at the ground: carefree and all about the fun. Located close to the tourist haven of Rodney Bay, Beausejour is set against a stunning backdrop of green hillside. After staging its first international match in 2002, Beausejour has rightly acquired the reputation as setting the standard for the rest of the grounds in the West Indies. Currently holding 12,000 fans, temporary seating will be brought in for the World Cup, increasing the capacity to 21,000. The outfield is as lush as the surrounding countryside, and a sea breeze and plenty of shade stop the spectators from melting. If you can think of a better place to watch Freddie Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen launching a six-assault, let me know, for I have yet to find it.

Daniel Brigham is Staff Writer on The Wisden Cricketer.