The enthusiasm was beyond the ground as some spectators were seen watching the game from an adjacent church
The gallery was full during the game between Bangladesh and West Indies at Somerset County Ground. The stadium was almost 80 percent full of Bangladesh supporters cheering for the Tigers with Bangladesh flag and loud voice.
And the enthusiasm was beyond the ground as some spectators were seen watching the game from an adjacent church and waving the Bangladesh flags with passion.
The name of the church is St James Church which dates from 14th century. There was a notice just before the entry of the church where stated that “The church will open during World Cup matches. Come have a visit and have a cuppa and cake,” Also there was announcement that spectators can climb up to the rooftop of the church, which is 120 feet high, and after their experience they may donate 1 pound which will be used for local charity.
After entering in to the church when I informed to an old lady that I want to go to the rooftop, she guided me all the way up and also along the way gave me some information about the church bells and the stairway.
When I reached on the top I found nine-ten people were gathering in a small rooftop where everyone was trying to watch the game through the hole of wall. The roof was 120ft above the ground. I found a Bangladeshi named Tuhin who lives in a nearby town. He was waving Bangladesh flag often and informed he is watching the game here for the last few hours as he was not able to enter into the ground as there were some difficulties with his issued ticket.
I also met a British couple who were supporting Bangladesh and cheering with every boundary being scored. They were Somerset fan and informed they have noticed Bangladesh’s rise as a cricket nation over the years. Shakib and Liton were batting dominantly at that moment and Bangladesh were cruising to victory. Someone said from the spectators that, “look at the crowds; it seems that Bangladesh are playing in their home ground”.
The view was great form the top and I watched Shakib’s celebration from the top. I had to go down as I had to complete quite a few write-ups after Bangladesh’s impressive display of attacking cricket.
On the farewell, the people in the church wished me luck and gave thanks for visiting them. It was a pleasant and peaceful experience overall.