Beach cricket in Birmingham March 31, 2004

The Caribbean comes to Edgbaston

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Beach cricket in Birmingham © Getty Images

With the England cricket team creating waves in the West Indies, Warwickshire joined forces with England's main sponsors, Vodafone, to create an indoor beach cricket event for local primary schools.

The aim was to bring a little bit of the Caribbean to Edgbaston Cricket ground. The indoor school was filled with 10 tonnes of sand, palm trees, surfboards and deck chairs, and the atmosphere was provided by a steel band and an barbecque.

Two local Birmingham schools attended - Montgomery Primary and Prince Albert Juniors. They were coached by Warwickshire's development coaches for the day and given tours of the ground as well. After a barbecque lunch, the children then got the opportunity to have a question and answer session with three England and Warwickshire players - the captain Nick Knight, Jim Troughton and Dougie Brown.

The event was attended by 80 children, as a little taste of the Caribbean was brought to Birmingham on a cold March day.