Only a handful of Barmies and Blarnies
Guyana - Perhaps reinforcements await the Barmy Army in Antigua, where England play the next two games in their Super 8 campaign.
At a rough estimate, around 50 hardy souls made it to Georgetown to see their batsmen struggle against Ireland but they have a message to those sitting in beach resorts waiting for England to join them.
“Everyone we’ve met has been really friendly,” said Matt, who planned his trip here six months ago, along with a couple of old friends from Bristol University, and will be following England through the second round.
“I love Guyana – the people are amazing,” said another Matt, dressed as a Roman centurion on the grassy bank.
He and wife Tessa are celebrating their first wedding anniversary, with Tessa on a crash course in cricket fandom even though they bought their tickets last November.
England knew well in advance that they would be starting the second round in Georgetown but few supporters seem to have gone to the effort of booking flights and accommodation for this one-game appearance on the South American mainland.
Not everyone followed the ICC-approved method of booking well ahead of time. A gang of English volunteer teachers working all around Guyana got together on Thursday to buy their tickets on the bank.
And they got the award for the most idiosyncratic banner in the ground, reading “England – send us cheese”.
“You’ll never know how much you miss cheese until you have to make do with processed stuff,” said one.
Ireland’s Blarney Army, which numbered an estimated 2,000 during the group stages, has dwindled to a small number for now and some of them are being paid to be here, like Ed Leahy, who writes a blog for broadcaster RTE while making a documentary on Irish cricket.
Others struck it lucky, like Damien and Ailish, who won a radio competition on Wednesday, flew in on the eve of the game and hope to catch the West Indies on Sunday before heading home again.
Ireland have three games in Guyana before heading to Barbados, where they expect to be joined by a larger contingent of supporters, who have hastily booked more time off work after their side’s surprise qualification for the second round.
On their side’s early showing it could be worth the trip.