Antigua Recreation Ground, St John's

The Antigua Recreation Ground became cricket's 52nd Test venue when it hosted England in 1980.
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Updated on Mar 07, 2007 06:22 PM IST
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Pavilion End, Factory Road End

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Leeward Islands

The Antigua Recreation Ground, locally known as the ARG, became cricket's 52nd Test venue when it hosted England in 1980-81. The Test was marked by a century from the island's most famous cricketer, Viv Richards.

The crowds of the relatively small sized Antigua are knowledgable and enthusiastic. The centre of activity is the two-tier double decker stand where partying well after the close of play, and music and entertainiment during it - this was where the colourful Gravy paraded himself - with wickets and runs accompanied by music and trumpets.

The remainder of the ground has slowly evolved into a well-appointed stadium. For many years Antigua had a unique ground staff, largely made up of inmates from the adjoining prison. For years the warden of the prison was Malcolm Richards, the father of Viv.

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