March 4, 2009

England in West Indies 2008-09

No relief for journalists at Kensington Oval

Nishi Narayanan


Security and maintenance personnel try to break down the restroom door at the Kensington Oval © The Nation
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The only moments of relief for the cricket journalists covering the tedious draw in Barbados between England and West Indies were the bathroom breaks. But having relieved themselves, the scribes had to endure anxious moments as they couldn't step out again. The Nation reports their correspondent Haydn Gill was locked in for half an hour while members of the Barbados Fire Service (BSF), Royal Barbados Police Force, a locksmith and maintenance men tried to open the door before breaking it down. “It was a little unnerving and uncomfortable,” Gill said. “The longer it went on the more unpleasant it became.”

Then Wayne Daniel, not the West Indies fast bowler but a reporter with the Atlanta-based Carib Voice, found himself unable to get out of the women’s washroom that he had entered after finding the men’s room locked. The rescue team assembled once again and this time a crowbar and some well-aimed kicks did the trick. The Oval’s maintenance manager said the two locks had malfunctioned due to ‘wear and tear’ and not because of lack of maintenance. Just how many people had to struggle to hold on as the rescue team grappled with the door?

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