Sports Listings: Plan Ahead: Cricket in the West Indies

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THE first Test is over, but four remain and the warmth and colour of the West Indies and the formidable power of their cricket team present a tempting prospect.

Tickets are available for Guyana, Trinidad, Barbados and Antigua and the individual island tourist bodies can advise on travel and accommodation. Alternatively, several travel companies are still offering packages, though mainly to the final two Tests.

For the fourth Test, the Barbados Cricket Association is no longer taking overseas ticket bookings, but seats can be bought by applying in person to the Kensington Oval.

England's remaining Test match programme in West Indies

Second Test, 17-22 March, Bourda, Guyana (rest day 21 March); third Test, 25- 30 March, Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad (rest day 28 March); fourth Test, 8-13 April, Kensington Oval, Barbados (rest day 11 April); fifth Test, 16-21 April, Recreation Ground, St John's, Antigua (rest day 19 April).

Guyana Cricket Board of Control, c/o Georgetown CC, New Garden Street, Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana (Tel: 010 592 2 52203; Secretary 54106). Tickets (reservable per day): Gydollars 500 ( pounds 2.70), Gydollars 600, Gydollars 750, Gydollars 1,000. Tourist information: Travel Shop, 2 Selkirk Road, Tooting, London, SW17 0ES (Tel: 081- 682 1115).

Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board of Control, Gulf View Industrial Park West, La Romain, Trinidad. (Tel/fax: 010 1 809 6576013). Tickets: pounds 12 for one-day internationals (5, 6 March); Test match season ticket pounds 30. (Payment by bank draft, money order or Visa). Trinidad and Tobago Tourist Office, 8a Hammersmith Broadway, London W6 7AL (Tel: 081-741 4466; fax 1013).

Barbados Cricket Association, Kensington Oval, Fontabelle, St Michael, Barbados (Tel: 010 1 809 4361397; fax 4295456). Tickets (per day) USdollars 8 ( pounds 5.50), USdollars 11. Barbados Board of Tourism, 263 Tottenham Court Road, London W1P 9AA (Tel: 071-636 9448/0090; fax 071-637 1496).

Antigua Cricket Association, PO Box 478, St Johns, Antigua (Tel: 010 1 809 4621200; fax 4620320). Tickets (per day) USdollars 21.15; season ticket USdollars 97 (Payment by bank draft or money order). Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Office, 15 Thayer Street, London W1M 5LD (Tel: 071-486 7073; fax 9970).

Kuoni Travel Ltd, Sports Tours Department, Kuoni House, Dorking, Surrey RH5 4AZ. (Tel: 0306-744477). Two weeks luxury hotel Barbados, pounds 2,406 per person; 14 nights Antigua, pounds 1,625; combined and tailor-made packages available. Tickets extra.

Gullivers Sport Travel, Fiddington Manor, Tewkesbury, Gloucs GL20 7BJ (Tel: 0684-2093175; fax 297926). Packages for Trinidad, Barbados or Antigua start at pounds 1,000 per person. Tickets extra.

Sport Abroad, Wix Hill House, West Horsley, Surrey KT24 6DZ (Tel: 0483- 225000; fax 211369). Two weeks Barbados from pounds 850; eight days in Antigua from pounds 999. Tickets extra.

West Indies Tour, The Cricketer, Beech Hanger, Ashurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9ST (Tel: 0892-740256; fax 740588). Cancellation only: 12 nights Barbados from pounds 1,035; nine nights Antigua from pounds 999. Tickets extra.

Fred Rumsey Travel Ltd, 19 Main Street, Barton-under-Needwood, Burton-on- Trent, Staffs DE13 8AA (Tel: 0283- 716677; fax 716546). 15 nights Barbados from pounds 1,600. Antigua on request. Tickets extra.

Caribbean Gold, 7 Albion Court, Albion Place, Hammersmith, London W6 0QT (Tel: 081-741 8491). 14 nights Barbados self-catering pounds 950; Antigua apartments from pounds 1,100. Hotel accommodation available. Tickets extra.

Mike Burton Sports Travel, Bastion House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester G11 1JJ (Tel: 0452-419666; fax 527500). Trinidad, Barbados and Antigua 32-day trip in 4/5* hotel pounds 2,183; Barbados and Antigua 18 days pounds 1,639. Tickets extra.