England Cricket Tour to the West Indies 2017
Tour Managers' Reviews
Sand, sea, sun, rum punches and an England Series whitewash, this Caribbean tour had it all! Topped off by our very special guest in Barbados, Sir Garfield Sobers, it really was a fantastic, short and sweet tour... See what our tour managers made of it:
Des' Tour Review
Isn’t strange how hard it is to please some of us, including me, completely? We beat the West Indies 3-0 and then we said it was too easy! Retrospectively speaking we would have settled for that result before the tour started. It remains to be said “Well done England!” The record book will show the winning results with no remarks column and we ‘Howzat Travellers’ were there to witness it.
England lost the toss and did well on a very tricky pitch to see out the first 10 overs with the loss of a couple of wickets. Captain Morgan played beautifully for his ton and was well supported by Billings with his half century. A typical 55 from Stokes was characterised by scoring no fours but three sixes instead! It was a good game with England winning by 45 runs.
Despite the Windies middle order doing well, their total of 225 was never going to be enough. This time England’s runs were scored almost totally by three batsmen- Roy (52), Root (90) and Woakes (68). The other six batsmen scored only 16 between them. It was another victory for England.
Easy does it. Hales (110) and Root (90) set the platform for Stokes to hit 34 off 20 balls and set a target of 328. The West Indies were never in the game, being forced to play catch up cricket. Instead they cocked-it up. With their top scores of 46 from Carter and 22 from Joseph they lost by the huge margin of 186 runs! Their supporters were forlorn. England had won the series 3-0 with Woakes the Man of the Series. A feature I enjoyed from the England side was the excellent standard of their fielding. Quite brilliant. Anyway, victory is sweet, it put us in a jovial mood and gave us a warm feeling.
This seemed appropriate as the Caribbean weather was just that. Warm to hot. Antigua and Barbados certainly did not let us down in that department even though tepid, intermittent showers did their best to cool us down. As soon as the sun came out it dried everything and brightened the colours of nature once more with its warm rays. Many took full advantage of the idyllic beaches and pools to ensure an envious suntan when back home.
The Verandah Resort and Spa turned out to be a lovely site, two dream-like Caribbean beaches and a huge swimming pool on top of the hill adjacent to the restaurants and bar and entertainment area. The all-inclusive package added to the merriment with champagne, a vast variety of cocktails, beer and wine flowing to help the mood of the music which resulted in dancing and singing with gay abandon. (ie the original meaning of ‘gay!’) Our folk took full part.
An excursion to the English Harbour where the spirit of that great Admiral, Lord Horatio Nelson, can be tangibly felt proved to be popular with its bars and restaurants overlooking the tall sailing ships and opulent yachts moored by the quaysides to give a glimpse into another world of dreams. Others went on a day trip exploring the whole island with its rain forests and a beach for every day of the year. I wonder if they find one more in a leap year.
The Viv Richards Stadium is an excellent ground to enjoy a day’s cricket. Our seats in the South Stand were superb on both days and one also had the choice of going for a stroll to the various lobster or food and drinks stalls, or to just sit on the grass banks catching a tan or chatting and mingling with the delightful local Antiguans. It certainly was a user-friendly stadium like the great cricketer and man it was named for.
With an invincible lead in the series we set off for Barbados wary of Liat Airways flight, with stories of baggage left behind and people being bumped off.
Our highly efficient Howzat office excelled this time by booking the complete plane comprising sixty-eight seats for the sole use of Howzat Travellers. We took off before the scheduled time and were the only arrival at that time at Barbados airport so we flew through customs and immigration and arrived early at the hotel. Never before have I heard of this in the West Indies! It was wonderful.
The Bougainvillea Hotel had superb rooms with balconies and facilities like a dining room cheek by jowl with the beach, pools with swim up bars and stools in the water to enjoy a drink while chilling in the pool, warm sea water with breaking waves and wonderful swells beyond to wallow in. It was heavenly.
Our seats in the Three W’s Stand on the lower level were first class. We had an uninterrupted view close to the field next to the sight screen. The player’s entrance was close by so we could witness all the action including the antics of the comical dancers on the Party Stand stage! Our position was perfect. The restriction of movement around the ground meant each had to remain in their own stand but our position more than made up for that and an enjoyable time was had by all.
Our Farewell Dinner proved to be an enormous success. Some of those who had heard Sir Garfield Sobers with Gordon Greenidge on our last trip to Barbados will remember he was very good but this time on his own he was so much more forthcoming being brilliantly interviewed by Charles Dagnall. Charles had kept us entertained, awaiting the arrival of Sir Garfield, in his unique, humorous style ---“I got close to scoring a century once. I was only 73 runs short of a hundred when I ran out of partners on 27 not out!” Sir Garfield told many of his famous cricketing stories spiced with his impish humour and one could feel one was in the presence of greatness. He could not remember who was at the non-strikers end when he hit six sixes in one over at Swansea. Can you? Our cricket lovers understood and relished the moment in the aura of this great octogenarian legend and many memories were immortalised by the photographs he posed for with us. Thanks must go to Carl, our Tours Director, and the rest of the Howzat team for a wonderful time.
Is it possible to have a bad tour to Antigua and Barbados? I don’t believe it is. The weather is ideal. Whether it rains spasmodically or not makes no difference as it soon clears leaving one feeling warm and balmy. The beaches are picture perfect, the sand is a brilliant white and the seas near the shore are azure blue progressing to a deeper hue thereof as it gets deeper. One is thankful for the gentle breezes that caress the palm trees to keep the islands pleasant as one watches the white lace of surf rush to the shore. Wonderful!
Folk often ask me where is the best place on earth I have ever travelled. I can only answer that there are many best places on our earth but the very best places are those where you have enjoyed yourself with friends. It does not matter too much where you go but rather with whom you go! That’s why Howzat Tours are the best.
Hoping you all enjoyed your Howzat Cricket Tour to the unfailingly beautiful and bountiful West Indies.
Best wishes to one and all. I hope to see you all again soon.
Yours in cricket and touring,
Gordon's Tour Review
When Garth Ethelston & I were asked to join Howzat Travel as Tour Managers for the 2nd time (January ’16 in Cape Town was our 1st) we didn’t have to think about it for very long! I’m very well travelled, having been to many countries round the world, but this was a first trip to the Caribbean for both of us. What a way to do it though, with Howzat Travel to Antigua & Barbados, helping its cricket loving clients to have a wonderful time!
Based at the Pineapple Beach Club in Antigua, we hosted 85 clients, along with Howzat Travel Tours Manager Carl Sutton, who co-ordinated the whole touring party of 220 people in five different hotels.
Pineapple Beach Club was a prime location on one of Antigua’s 365 beaches – yes, one for every day of the year! The main restaurant was literally on the edge of the lovely beach and for those not wanting to venture into the sea there were two swimming pools as well as numerous sun-loungers in the garden areas.
The bar was a favourite meeting place and, as the title above implies, there was the odd tipple of rum tried by most of the group from time to time! Pink Panther, Banana-colada & Old Irish Man were just a few of the wonderful cocktail concoctions prepared by the bar staff.
Garth & I had a strange evening on arrival. First we were shown to our room which had a double bed - we got on very well in Cape Town but had separate rooms never mind beds! Happily a 2nd bed was supplied. Then at the Manager’s Welcome Drink Party our room number came out of the raffle draw – we won a photo session for two!
Later on at the party I “stitched” Garth up by volunteering him to sing in a competition, which he duly won! The prize was a “Romantic Candle Lit Dinner for two!” Both prizes were subsequently passed on to other guests!
As well as ample “chill-out” time at the hotel, there were numerous trips available for those wanting to see more of the island’s beaches & harbours. Of course cricket was top of the bill & the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground didn’t disappoint. Being in the centre of the island it was easy to get to & access into the ground was easy. There was also a good atmosphere inside the ground with the plentiful food & drink stalls making it a very colourful gathering.
England won both games in Antigua, tough they did make things a little difficult in the 2nd game.
Moving on to Barbados our base was the Southern Palms Hotel on the St Lawrence Gap. Not as big as the Antiguan hotel but the beach, swimming pool, gardens, restaurant & bar were all within a few meters of the rooms. “The Gap” is a famous restaurant & bar area of Barbados and, as the Southern Palms is in that area, many of the group went out for drinks and/or a meal.
Unfortunately at the Kensington Oval it was a poor game with England winning very easily in front of more spectators than in Antigua. Getting into the ground took much longer & the food available was not as varied or plentiful as it had been in Antigua. This left most people preferring the Sir Vivian Richards ground in Antigua, with his statue outside, to the one in Barbados where the Sir Garfield Sobers statue looked down on those arriving for the game.
However, at our final dinner it wasn’t a statue but we had the man himself, Sir Garfield Sobers as our Guest Speaker. In my opinion and, I think shared by many other cricket lovers, the greatest all-rounder this wonderful game has ever seen! The function should have been outside but poor weather meant we had to move to an indoor location. The staff of the Barbados Hilton Hotel had a very busy 3 hours to get things ready for what was a very special evening.
In his 81st year Sir Gary held those present spellbound with his stories, anecdotes & answers to questions posed. It was a privilege to be in the company of “Cricket Royalty” & I had the great pleasure to talk to him for a few minutes before he entered the function room.
I told him that I had met him previously when he gave a talk at the Kowloon Cricket Club in Hong Kong. I thought it was 1982/83 & we both agreed it was a long time ago. I said I had shaken his hand on that occasion & about a month later I hit 6 x 6’s in an over at the Hong Kong Cricket Club. I asked if I could shake his hand again - not that I was expecting to hit more 6’s but 6 numbers on the lottery would be very nice!
Many of the Howzat tourists left Barbados the day after the cricket but of those who stayed longer quite a number, including Garth & myself, headed to the famous Oistin’s Friday Night Fish Fry. What a great atmosphere with a mixture of local people & tourists. There were craft stalls selling among other items, jewellery, pottery, paintings & clothing. Numerous drink stalls selling beer, wine & spirits – with plenty of rum of course!
However the highlight was the variety of fish that was cooked to your liking once you had made your choice and found a place at a table. I had grilled marlin which was just delicious! There were areas where people were dancing (old time as well as modern) which added to what was a lovely last night in the Caribbean.
On leaving there were hundreds of cricket fans plus hundreds more from cruise ships all booked to leave Barbados Airport at approximately the same time. But unfortunately, insufficient staff at the Immigration & Security checkpoints made for very lengthy queues & lots of tired legs before getting on the plane.
Once of the plane however, looking back on the 2 weeks in the West Indies sunshine (most of the time!) watching cricket, trying new food and of course the rum, standing at the airport was a small price to pay. Perhaps they didn’t want us to leave – OK I’ll have another rum punch!
Nick's Tour Review
To make a diary of a tour to Antigua Barbados is not the easiest thing, there are so many repetitive features, as this was a beach/sun driven tour. Many days had similar features, but the first and most important matter was the Tour party. And, as normal. the 15 couples who arrived at the wonderful Sandals resort were from the top draw.They were different in their own way, but they had the same intent, that was to enjoy Antigua and Barbados plus also enjoying England playing one-day cricket.
Sandals, as you would expect, a brilliant hotel. With a glorious beach, 13 restaurants and lots of bars, the all-in package was a sensible option.
I will not try and split this record into days as they overlapped each other. Some did trips around the island in sailing vessels and some sightseeing tours in vehicles. Everyone told me how enjoyable they were and what a wonderful experience they had had.
The sun shone, some took to the beach and some alongside their nearest pool. Then off to sample the various International fayre you could obtain at the resort for lunch and later for dinner, followed by some top grade entertainment and nightcap.
Everyone was having so much fun and so much relaxation you could almost forget there were two one day matches in Antigua.
Always one of my favourite venues, The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, did not disappoint. I like grounds you can walk round and watch the match. Where you can mix with the local and touring support, enjoy the variety of different foods, or purchase various forms of local colourful clothing.
There was always something happening, this varied from the very loud music between overs and the scoring of a boundary, to the lunchtime entertainment, which this year included a presentation to the 70-year-old, gravy, and local cricket supporting legend, who has become famous worldwide. A very colourful character was also presented with an award, but I regret I do not have his name. The latter making a comical appearance in match two, wearing a seriously torn suit and carrying a similarly damaged umbrella.
I should report that anyone who reads this, and knows that I do not eat carbohydrates, and who think they saw me on TV eating a pasty, well it wasn't really me, it was my brother.
England played well, the West Indies not so well. So England two nil up and off to Barbados.
We carried on the same principles to the island, sea, sun, and good food. The party was getting to know each other and were enjoying one another’s company.
It is fair to say that the Sugar Bay Hotel is somewhat more modest than Sandals, however it was a high-quality hotel which had a fabulous beach and restaurants including two speciality restaurants.
Several of the party ventured out on more excursions by both land and sea, but the highlight of Barbados for me was the final dinner. This time hosted by the up and coming T.M.S. Commentator, Charles Dagnall, Daggers. He opened the evening and the interviewed probably the World’s greatest all-round cricketer, Sir Garfield Sobers.
I have never heard a room be so quiet when Sir Gary spoke. Hats off to Daggers, he asked a question and let Sir Garfield speak without interruption. Sir Garfield spoke from the heart and was very honest about West Indian and World cricket, he made comment on the principles he played to, and how he believes the game should be currently played.
I have heard Sir Garfield speak several times and to my mind this was him at his best. A very pleasant evening, and a wonderful way to finish the tour, not forgetting that we have the one-day International following day.
England again won this match quite easily, perhaps to the disappointment of some of the supporters who liked more equal contest.
Howzat Travel Tours are great fun, meeting lots of new friends, meeting lots of old friends, socialising, discussing cricket, the World or anything interesting. This tour was wonderful, Australia next, I hope we all get together again.
Bob's Tour Review
It was my second time in the Caribbean to watch cricket…
Gatwick is never an easy destination from “north of Watford” for a 10.05 departure. A number of familiar Howzat faces and new ones gathered at our departure gate along with journalists and the England team for our flight to St Kitts for the two warm up matches. A brief touch down in Antigua followed by a quick 15min flight to our final destination and the Timothy Beach Hotel a typically rustic Caribbean Hotel on the beach , welcome drinks and early to bed after a long day traveling.
The next five days our group of thirty enjoyed the pleasures of St Kitts, exploring the island and taking the ferry over to Nevis. The two warm-up matches against the Vice Chancellor's XI and WICB President's XI were won reasonably easily by England. Standout opposition players were Chadwick Walton, captain and wicket keeper, who scored an excellent 121 and none of us will forget Rahkeem Cornwall, six feet, seven inches and carrying a large mount of surplus weight, he hit three sixes in his 59 and bowled tirelessly.
Arriving in Antigua our small group split up into different tours, we were joined the rest of our main party from the UK along with Tour Manager Ross and it was off to the Jolly Beach Resort! Our “White Tour” now numbering over sixty. Welcome formalities kept to a minimum with tired but exited clients as an early start the next day for the first ODI.
Working hard with our ground agents we had a six mini buses on the way to the ground by 8am, myself up front and Ross with the unenviable task of ensuring we had all our clients aboard. Play was delayed slightly by an early morning rain shower and after England lost a few early wickets Captain Morgan arrived to steady the ship. But scoring was difficult and unusually we finished just under 300. Lunch at The Sir Vivian Richards is a gastronomic delight the choices are endless from pies to lobster and in the end West Indies finished 45 runs short.
The following day most guests relaxed around the pool or on the beach after two hectic days traveling and watching cricket. The Jolly Beach is an all inclusive resort, all you want in one place - except Premiership Football - luckily a sports bar was located close by which solved the problem along with a number of the England team who were staying near by.
Second ODI, and by now Ross and I have a “well oiled” departure operation running helped by the England team police convoy who a couple of our mini buses tagged onto, “blues & two's” all the way to the ground. The West Indies batted first scoring 225, we made hard work of it but Root, Woakes averted the collapse and England sealed series.
With only one full day in Antigua left Ross arranged a trip to Nelson's Dockyard a cultural heritage site/marina in English Harbour and Shirley Heights while I organised a few departures for guests on individual itineraries. The resort apart from the buffet restaurant has three la carte offerings Fish, Mexican & Italian which were well patronised on the last night.
The White Tour now split into two hotels in Barbados. My party of 40 went to the Divi Southwinds on St Lawrence Gap, great large rooms and a lovely restaurant for breakfast overlooking the beach. The next day an early briefing from the local agent on trips around the island and ticket distribution the evening was going to be one of the highlights of the tour.
The Hilton hotel was the venue for our farewell dinner with guest Sir Garfield St Aubrun Sobers and excellently MC by TMS broadcaster Charles Dagnall. Sir Garry regarded as the greatest all-round cricketer of our time keep us enthralled with stories from the past and touching on the present problems with West Indies cricket.
The penultimate day and last ODI traffic was always going to be a problem getting into Bridgetown but that paled into insignificance on arrival at the ground where the queues stretched around the stadium. The Howzat team quickly assed the problem arranging for some of our less able bodied clients to the front and ensuring everyone else was seated before play commenced.
The highlight of the game was the return of Hales scoring 110 and Root’s 101 West Indies run chase petered out early at 6-45 and it was all over England the victors by 186 runs.
Final day, a leisurely breakfast day, walk on the beach or Bridgetown for last minute shopping before escorting our guest to the airport for final goodbyes. I departed the next day with other guests and tour managers were at the airport the time from check in to immigration and security was over two hours ! Evidently Saturdays are always the same with the cruise lines depositing huge numbers of people at the terminal.
An enjoyable tour the opposition could have been a bit stronger. Sadly, the local West Indian’s are saying "too much politics" is killing the game in the Caribbean.
Garth's Tour Review
Gordon and I met near Gatwick airport, on the eve of our trip to be Howzat tour manager’s for Englands ODI tour in the West Indies. Neither of us has visited any of the Caribbean islands before, so we were naturally excited, who wouldn't be?
This was to be our second trip as tour managers together, having met in Cape Town at the end of 2015. We have become great mates, and were looking forward to meeting the Howzat travellers again this trip.
The BA flight was uneventful and we arrived at Antigua airport to be met by Carl, the tour director, and transferred to our home for the next 8 nights, The Pineapple Beach Resort, an all-inclusive resort on the east of the island.
After check in we're were treated to the managers welcome. Cocktails, nibbles and your mate stitching you up! I was duly entered into the karaoke competition, which I won (by default really, the others had never heard the song before), and was awarded a romantic, moonlit dinner for two. The wife would be pleased back at home in Oxford!
Our stay there was fantastic. The beach was stunning, the rooms were smart, big and clean and the staff couldn't have been any more helpful. The resort has three main restaurants. The main breakfast/buffet restaurant did not need to be booked and offered a great selection of food, certainly enough for me. The Italian and Pineapple grill are more formal restaurants, with trousers and collared shirt required, but still have a relaxed atmosphere. Both are booked the day before eating and again offered a great selection of lovely food. There is also the famous ‘Shack’ at the top of the resort. This rustic, old eatery is a favourite of many offering ribs and chicken and over looking the bay. A must visit if you are staying there.
You cannot write about the Pineapple Beach without mention of the rum cocktails. A great selection was on offer day and night, with daily specials. I wondered what Gordon was on about when he asked for a Pink Panther? One thing to note is that they definitely got stronger (or I got weaker) as the night progressed. One night in particular I got ‘Antigua fever’ and paid the price the next day!
Obviously, everyone was there for the cricket and it was with great anticipation when we made our way to the Sir Viv Richards's stadium for the first ODI. After an easy 25-minute transfer and quick entrance to the stadium we found our seats, which couldn't have been better positioned. I really enjoyed the stadium. You were free to walk all the way around each stand and sample the many food stalls that were present. The locals came in greater numbers in the afternoons which added to the atmosphere immensely. A wonderful day followed with an easy victory for England and we all left happy.
All too soon, and after a second England victory, it was time to leave Antigua and head over to Barbados for the final match. Liat airlines surpassed their selves, and we arrived early with everyone's luggage present. Result.
We made our way the the Southern palms resort, located on the South Coast of the island in the St. Lawerence Gap. Being bed and breakfast allowed us to sample the wide selection of restaurants and bars the Gap has to offer, all within a short walk of the hotel.
The Palms is also located on one the those beaches the Caribbean is known for. White sands and blue seas with a sunset which could absorb you until the final rays had melted behind the horizon. With great food, bar, pool and friendly staff we didn't need anything else for our 4-night stay.
Due to the departure dates for some Howzat travellers the end of tour dinner took place on the night before the cricket at the Hilton hotel with special guest, or should I say very special guest, Sir Garfield Sobers. A quick decision, due to the weather, to move the evening inside caused some stress, but Carl with Gordon's help pulled it together superbly. Charles Dagnall was Sir Gary’s ‘warm up’ and interviewer and the two combined to give everyone a night they will remember for a long, long time.
Everyone was again looking forward to the cricket, and after what can only be described as a chaotic entrance into the stadium, due to the poor organisation on the stadiums behalf, all the Howzat spectators were in place for the first ball. I would just like to say the without the research and organisation of Howzat travel, and Carl in particular, prior to the game we might not have been so lucky, as thousands were still outside when the first ball was bowled.
The series had already been decided, but we watched another England victory in another iconic stadium and headed back to the Palms happy for our last couple of nights.
All the restaurants we tried were superb, but the night I enjoyed the most was the Friday night at Oistins. Oistins can only be described as a series of shacks and marquees, all with the same menu serving fish such as Marlin, flying fish and tuna. They are spread around a central stage, with locals dancing the night away, and have bars and markets stalls dotted around selling various things. Once you grab a seat you are served and the ‘simple’ fish and chips was delicious. The friendly hustle and bustle of the evening was infectious. A must visit if you are in Barbados.
The West Indies was everything Gordon and I had hoped. Once again, we met some great people and we must thank Howzat Travel and Carl for giving us the opportunity again.
Barbados airport was similar to the cricket there, unorganised and long queues, but after a great two weeks and once sat on the plane it was quickly forgotten. Now when are England back over there …?
Ross' Tour Review
After a long day of travel, I arrived at the Jolly beach hotel early Thursday evening with 60 Howzat Travellers to be greeted by fellow tour manager Bob who had arrived 24 hours earlier from a gruelling tour of St Kitts!
After a quick shower, it was straight into welcome drinks which we decided to hold outside, although our presentation was cut short due to an unexpected downpour!
The next day was an early departure as the cricket was due to start at 9:30 am although there was a slight delay caused by some early rain showers. The toss was won by the West Indies who put England into bat and there was an interesting removal of the covers which led to water finding its way onto the square!
With England batting and excess moisture in the wicket both Roy and Root appeared victims to the damp wicket and England were struggling, until Billings and a brilliant century from Captain Morgan rescued the day and a respectable score was achieved.
Thanks to four wicket hauls from Woakes and Plunkett England secured a comfortable win to go one up in the series.
After a long day of travel and an early start for the cricket, Saturday was a much-needed rest day and most of the party took advantage of the glorious beach and pool facilities at the Jolly beach complex.
Sunday was back to another early start and a day at the cricket, this time with no rain disruptions and with the West Indies batting first and posting a below par 225 we witnessed the all too familiar England batting collapse. At 124 for 6 it was looking like we would be heading to Barbados all square until messrs Root and Woakes shared a century stand to lead England to a series victory.
With Monday being our last full day in Antigua it was an opportunity to see the island and in the afternoon a sightseeing trip was organised to take in Nelsons dockyard, Shirley heights and a drive through the rainforest. Others preferred to relax at the hotel and those lounging on the beach witnessed some of the England players chilling out in the sea, although not so relaxing for Ben Stokes who was being accused by a local of damaging a jet ski and the vendor was seeking compensation (obviously aware of his lucrative IPL contract!). It was however pointed out by a passer-by that the said jet ski was damaged 2 days earlier!
Tuesday was our departure day for Barbados and all ran pretty smoothly, although the airport departure boards tried their best to confuse us!
I split from Bob and took a party of 20 to a new venue for Howzat at the Blue Orchid hotel which is just up the road from St Lawrence gap. Situated on the beach with a restaurant overlooking the sea, it was well received by all.
Wednesday was a day to either chill or explore Barbados and then in the evening it was the farewell dinner at the Hilton hotel. Unfortunately, due to possible adverse weather we had to move inside and although a little cramped we were treated to some excellent hospitality and with rising star of TMS, Charley Dagnall, hosting the event and Sir Garfield Sobers as the star guest it was a night to remember!
Thursday morning was another early start to the Bridgetown Oval and the final game of the series. With England batting first and centuries from Hales and Root England posted above 300 for the first time in the series. With the series already lost the West Indies capitulated to a 186-run defeat and we all left the ground having seen a rare whitewash by England of a West Indies team albeit a near second string one...
Back to base in good time so a few of us headed to the gap for a bite to eat and a few celebratory rum and cokes where we met fellow Howzat Travellers from other tours and also enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere of St Lawrence gap.
With an early flight home, Friday morning was perfect for a leisurely breakfast, a last walk on the beach and some last-minute shopping!!
Once again another thoroughly enjoyable trip to the Caribbean and with so many people looking forward to meeting up again with Howzat at the Ashes next winter.