At last the final day of the Trinidad test and we arrive at the ground minus Herbie & Vimto.
Wycombe has decided to hedge his bets and attend the morning session before his flight , leaving Herbie in charge of his pink suitcase.
Today we have had to buy additional tickets and are sat in the Carib Beer stand next to the Trini Posse Stand.
After a nourishing breakfast of KFC and fries I sit down to lap up the atmosphere.
The music , gyrating bottoms and Mackeson are unrelenting and as KP continues to smash the ball to all parts , England are on top.
KP is joined by Matt Prior , who also clouts the ball to all parts.
The decision by Herbie & Co to fly out today seems akin to that made by Adolf Hitler when he decided not to go to Britain but do the USSR instead.
England declare at lunch and I escort Wycombe from the ground to rejoin his pink suitcase.
The afternoon session is like manna from heaven after the boring cricket we have witnessed previously. Wickets tumble at regular intervals and West Indies clearly have no intention of chasing the modest victory total of just over 200 but shut up shop instead.
Lancastrian Jimmy Anderson , Herbies favourite bowler , is like a man inspired and threatens a wicket with every delivery.
At around the tea interval we receive a series of text messages from Herbie from which it is obvious that he is fully satisfied with his decision to return early to Barbados , and that he enjoys following the cricket on a taxi cab radio.
As the game comes to an exciting climax more and more people enter the ground and fairly soon the England support , which was in the majority in the early part of the day , is drowned out by freeloading locals including a bunch of extremely mouthy , fat children from a local approved school sat behind us. We cannot quite close out the game and as the last over is bowled West Indies have lost only eight wickets so we have watched yet another draw , albeit an exciting one.
This has been the best days cricket of the tour by some distance.
Matt Prior astonishingly wins Man of the Match, despite conceding 74 extras behind the stumps – only 3 short of the world record.
Jimmy Anderson more importantly wins me a $ 40 bet with Herbie for the most wickets compared with Herbie’s various alternative choices.
My final recollection as we leave the ground is the sight of Chardonnay distributing Barmy Army magazines to the bemused locals. Several boxes of these are left unread by the bin and I pick a copy up.
The opening article is entitled “ Where were you when we were in Chennai”
Well , bless my soul. I was in England having lost £00’s on a cancelled flight to Mumbai.
At least Five-O can walk with his head held high amongst the exalted hierarchy! But this time without his yellow jacket.
The conclusion – another very successful tour for the Addis Army.
The following day , Streetfly , Saint and myself will travel on to another island while everyone else goes home – but that’s another story entitled “ Three go mad in Tobago”.
Thanks to everyone who participated in making this another very enjoyable tour and holiday , and hope to see you in South Africa over the winter.
Quote of the day
All – “We’ve got sixteen Rand to the pound…..we’re so rich its unbelievable!”