Kensington Oval receives high marks for readiness
Guyana Chronicle
April 6, 2007

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Kensington Oval got a huge vote of confidence ahead of staging six Super Eight matches and the Final of Cricket World Cup 2007.

Don Lockerbie, venue development director for the World Cup, disclosed that Kensington Oval of the 12 venues used during the tournament received the highest score for its systems test.

“We have tested 12 venues for their level of preparedness and readiness, and Barbados was the first to reach our highest score of green,” Lockerbie said.

“We went through the entire facility, every nook and cranny, and we have looked at all of the programmes that are associated with every room in the house.

“It was not just a matter of looking at all of the construction, it was also a matter of making sure that the programme for each room, each part of the real estate, is ready to go with it.

“And I am very, very, very excited to say Barbados not only passed the test, but passed the test better than anybody else.”

Lockerbie noted that the green rating meant that Kensington Oval was excellent and ready to go.

He also revealed that three other grounds – the Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, Queen’s Park in Grenada, and the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St. Lucia had received the second highest ranking of blue.

“It has absolutely put us on the point where we are ready to go at Kensington Oval,” he said.

“To be able to come to this stadium is going to be something that is going to be the worse kept secret of the World Cup.

“I will say the money spent on this stadium is excellent value for money. This stadium can compete with any stadium in the World dollar for dollar, square inch for square inch.”

Kensington will host the Final of the World Cup on April 28, but it will stage six Super Eight matches from next Wednesday.