TCA Barbados 2019
TCA Cricket Legends of Barbados Tour 2019 with Benchmark Travel
Following a trip to Barbados in February (for work!) The Cricket Asylum team have been busy putting together the ULTIMATE Barbados Cricket Tour to offer our friends & customers the opportunity to train and play like the pro’s in the Easter 2019 holidays.
From a top-level coaching team who have both played and coached at the highest level - to the opportunity to play at the iconic Kensington Oval Ground and a chance to meet and chat with some of Barbados’ most famous cricketing sons, this isn’t your average Cricket Tour. And all this whilst on one of the world’s most stunningly beautiful islands…
Open to players aged 10-19 (at the time of departure) and their families, we will be taking a maximum of 39 players split into 3 squads based on age/ability.
The Cricket Legends of Barbados - Barbados Cricket Tradition
The history of Cricket in the Caribbean is second to none and Barbados has always been the spiritual home of West Indies Cricket, with more international Cricketers per capita than anywhere else in the world. It also boasts 6 Knights of the realm in Sirs Wes Hall, Clyde Walcott, Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, Charlie Griffith and of course the most famous of them all, Sir Garry Sobers, and includes other icons including Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge & Joel Garner.
The more recent West Indies internationals like Tino Best, Sulieman Benn & Fidel Edwards and the current crop that includes Kraigg & Carlos Braithwaite, means Barbados is steeped in Cricket.
The Kensington Oval is the country’s only Test venue, but other famous club grounds have their own place in Cricket history. Every club heralds their famous sons, from the humble YMPC ground in the heart of St Michael where Fidel Edwards & Joel Garner learned their trade, to the Pickwick teams home ground at the Foursquare Rum Distillery the popularity of Cricket in the country is as strong as ever.
And we’re going to play at many of the grounds - including the Kensington Oval and meet and train with many of Barbados’ Cricket Legends on our 9-day tour.
The Coaching Dream Team
Whilst in Barbados we also secured a world class coaching team that have experience at both playing and coaching at the highest level. Along with your regular TCA team, they will deliver a high-level programme of practice and game support designed specifically to ensure that players get the most value from the trip.
Vaspert Drakes, Lead Coach
- Head coach of West Indies Women – T20 World Cup winning side.
- Head Coach of West Indies U19’s.
- Head Coach Barbados National Team.
When Vasbert Drakes was selected for West Indies' Champions Trophy squad at 33 in September 2002, he was offered a belated chance to build the sort of international career that seemed to have been his for the taking a few years earlier. Capable of genuine pace off a short run-up, and a very handy hard-hitting batsman with four first-class centuries to his name, Drakes's West Indies career had been limited to five one-day matches against Australia in 1994-95, and a place on the subsequent tour of England.
But thereafter, Drakes chose to earn his living by playing county cricket in the English summer, and for Border in South Africa in the winter, which meant he was not eligible for national selection. It was only when the selectors realised how short-sighted this policy was that Drakes returned to the fold. He celebrated with the wicket of Jacques Kallis in his first international over for more than seven years, and went on to enjoy personal success in an anticlimatic World Cup campaign. The highlight of his career, however, came with the bat, when his unbeaten 27 steered West Indies to a world-record target of 418, against Australia in Antigua.
Ezra Mosely – Lead Coach
- Assistant Coach West Indies Women – T20 World Cup winning side.
- Manager West Indies U19 Development Squad.
- Selectors for Barbados National Side.
- Chairman Barbados Junior Selection Committee
- Head of Cricket - St Michaels School.
Ezra Moseley burst onto the scene as yet another fast bowler from the Caribbean, and he was signed by Glamorgan in 1980 on the strength of performances in club cricket in the region and looked to be a really good prospect. He topped 50 wickets in both 1980 and 1981, and only then did he make his debut for Barbados. But he broke down with a stress fracture of his back in 1982 and underwent an operation and a lengthy recuperation. At 25 his career seemed over. He played a few games for Glamorgan in 1986, in between playing as a professional in the Lancashire Leagues and living at Scott’s house!
In 1989 Moseley reappeared for Barbados and then was picked to make his Test debut aged 32.
He played twice against England, inadvertently turning the series when he broke Graham Gooch's hand in the third Test. He played one more season for Barbados before finishing his career with a season of Currie Cup cricket.
Throughout this time he was still playing in the Lancashire Leagues, and in 1990 he turned down an offer to sign for Surrey. After retiring he remained in the game as a coach, and ended up at St Michael, one of Barbados's top secondary schools. He is now a Barbados junior selector.
Desmond Haynes – Mentor
- CRICKETING GOD!
- Batting Coach – West Indies
Think of him and you see Kensington Oval, sun drenched, and a broad smile as he beat out another century. Happiness pervaded his cricket but it was joy underpinned by a ruthless streak best illustrated by the cynical way in which, on his captaincy debut, he used delaying tactics to deny England a win in Trinidad in 1989-90. You did not become as good as he was by being a softie.
His batting possessed a solid muscularity and allround nature to it, and while he was capable of destructive innings, he tended, in opening partnerships anyway, towards acting as counterpoint to Gordon Greenidge's belligerent strokeplay. At his best against pace, like most West Indians, he nonetheless showed the technique and diligence to score 75 and 143 in a rare West Indies defeat on a dustbowl at Sydney in 1988-89.
Accommodation will be based on B&B at The Coconut Court Beach Hotel. Their passion and commitment to customer service and to hospitality excellence is evident in the welcoming, relaxed atmosphere of the hotel. Located directly on the beach with safe swimming and snorkelling year-round and within easy walking distance to several UNESCO historical sites, the South Coast Boardwalk, restaurants, shops and nightlife. Coconut Court Beach Hotel is a great choice for sporting groups due to its great central location! For more information on accommodation and facilities at Coconut Court please visit their website.
Day 1/Friday 12th April 2019: Arrive in Barbados.
Day 2/Saturday 13th April 2019: Light Training, Training & T20 (UWI).
Day 3/Sunday 14th April 2019: Travel to external ground for a 40/50ovs match.
Day 4/Monday 15th April 2019: Training, 40ovs match (UWI/Dover CC).
Day 5/Tuesday 16th April 2019: Catamaran Tour and Turtles.
Day 6/Wednesday 17th April 2019: Travel to external ground for a 40/50ovs match.
Day 7/Thursday 18th April 2019: Training, Dads v Kids games
Day 8/Friday 19th April 2019: Light trainig at the hotel, dinner at Oistins Fish Fry.
Day 9/Saturday 20th April 2019: Team 1 30 over game, Team 2 50 over game, awards dinner at Legends (BBQ Buffet).
Day 10/Sunday 21st April 2019: Depart Barbados.
This tour will take place Friday 12th April 2019 - Sunday 21st April 2019.
- Direct return flights with Virgin Atlantic.
- 9 nights standard room B&B accommodation at The Coconut Court Beach Hotel.
- Lunch (Daytime games) or Lunch & dinner (day night games) and unlimited bottled water for all players on match and training days.
- Group coaching with high-level West Indian coaches with knowledge of local playing conditions.
- Team physio.
- 4 games including floodlit day/night matches against local opposition at iconic grounds.
- A Dads V Kids game at traditional Bajan club ground.
- 1 final game at The Kensington Oval – Barbados’ world famous Test Ground.
- Players & supporters coach transfers to games.
- An awards dinner hosted by The Cricket Legends of Barbados.
- Excursion - a 5 hour Catamaran cruise with free drinks and lunch - including stops to swim with Turtles & explore ship wrecks.
- A local tour guide on hand to help you experience the ‘REAL’ Barbados.
- TCA tour kit bundle- includes personalised wheelie duffle bag, 2 x white playing shirts, 2 x t20/training shirts, 1 x T20/training pants, 1 x shorts, 1 x cap & 1 x Hoody.
- Kit Bundle for all supporters.
- Airport transfers provided by Coconut Court.
- A round of Golf with Desmond Haynes!
- Spa visit to the world famous Sandy Lanes Resort.
The total cost for the tour is £2595 per player (based on 4 sharing). Parents & supporters are also invited to come and experience Barbados and all it has to offer. The cost for this - based on 2 sharing a standard room with breakfast, transfers, and excursions is £1,795pp (single room supplement £500). Additional family members sharing a double room with parents (ie a triple room) £1495. Superior Ocean front rooms are available for an additional £200 per person.
£500 deposit paid to secure places. With balance payments due at intervals throughout the year. Optional monthly payments are possible on request.