Hanging By A Thread
After the West Indies' comprehensive defeat to Sri Lanka here in Guyana their chances of reaching the semi-finals are hanging by a thread.
Brian Lara's team need to win all their remaining Super Eight matches AND hope that other results go for them.
At the end of our TMS commentary I went out into the crowd to interview some of the 12,000disappointed fans.
Theo told me that he'd been looking forward to this match for months, but described the West Indies performance as "miserable". He went on to say "I still love them , they are my team but today they were pathetic". Ryan had travelled with a group of ex-pats from Toronto especially to see the West Indies. Formally a resident here in Guyana Ryan told me "The West Indies built us up, but they didn't perform. This is a beautiful country, a great day for Guyana but they let the fans down. Now they'll join India and Pakistan on the sidelines."
Winston was very angry and had no doubt who he wanted to blame. "It was horrible .. No emotion in the field, terrible body language and no energy. It all comes down to the captain. Brian Lara is a wonderful batsman .. But he can't bring the best out of the team".
Dawn had come specially to see her Guyana cricket heroes Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan. Although she enjoyed it when they put together a spirited partnership overall she said she was "hurt" by the performance and wouldn't be watching any more World Cup games.
However not every fan was distraught. John described himself as an "optimist." He said that "the West Indies were outplayed by a better side … good luck to Sri Lanka. I still think the West Indies can sneak into the semi-finals and perhaps like Australia in 1999 build up a momentum and go on to win the trophy"
Despite the result it was great to see a near full crowd at the Guyana National Stadium. So far the authorities here must be very pleased with how things are going especially considering all the logistical problems they had to overcome.
But its not only the West Indies World Cup hopes that hang by a thread … our ability to broadcast from the stadium is also hanging by a thread - almost literally!
You may have read Arlo White's concerns the day before the opening match here that we were not confident that the lines from Guyana to London would work at all for the Sri Lanka v South Africa match.
But thanks to a last minute delivery of equipment from St Vincent and the dedication of the technical team here we managed to get on the air with amazingly few problems on Wednesday.
However when I tested our lines the day before the Ireland England match - they were not working. Bizarrely you could get through to Dubai, Australia and South Africa … but not to the UK.
We were baffled as to what was going on. Anyway after a day of tests we discovered that the line between the West Indies and the UK had been physically severed and was hanging loosely at the bottom of the sea somewhere between Antigua and Barbados.
And because technically it was broken in international waters no-one was taking responsibility to fix it. Again people worked through the night to come up with ways of solving the problem otherwise our coverage of Ireland v England may not have gone ahead.
Anyway it turned out that the line hadn't been completely severed .. And there were just enough connected wires available to allow us to broadcast once the telephone engineers had worked miracles with various technical tricks I can't begin to understand.
So as long as that bit of wire stays in place … we should be able to bring you commentary on the three remaining super eight matches here.
If not then I better go on a crash course in deep sea diving and cable connection !