Luxembourg national cricket team
The Luxembourg national cricket team is the team that represents the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in international cricket. The Luxembourg Cricket Federation became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1998 and an associate member in 2017.
|Association||Luxembourg Cricket Federation|
|International Cricket Council|
|ICC status||Associate member (2017)|
|First international|| Luxembourg v. France |
(Saint Peter Port, Guernsey; 21 May 1990)
|As of 13 September 2015|
In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Luxembourg and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.
Luxembourg's home ground is at the Pierre Werner Cricket Ground, in Walferdange which belongs to the country's largest club the Optimists Cricket Club. The ground is named after the late Pierre Werner, a former Prime Minister of Luxembourg (1959–74, 1979–84). Werner had fallen in love with cricket when living in London in 1930, and went on to become the Honorary President of the OCC, which had been established when he was Prime Minister. Werner opened the OCC's new ground when it was opened in 1992. Widely viewed as the best cricket grounds in mainland Europe (excluding grounds in the Netherlands), the ground lies in the pictoresque setting just ten minutes from Luxembourg City center. It boasts a large outfield (with two tracks laid on different bases), four practise bays, a clubhouse with catering facilities, a cricket/tennis pavilion, and various other amenities.
Luxembourg's international debut came at the 1990 European Cricketer Cup, a European Cricket Council tournament. Outside of occasional matches against Belgium, the team did not return to international level until 2003, when they finished last in the ECC Trophy, an eleven-team tournament for ICC affiliate members. The following year, they took part in the ECC Representative Championship in Slovenia, finishing in fifth place, nearly upsetting Croatia, and completing their first international win, against Bulgaria.
In 2006, Luxembourg took part in Division Four of the European Championship in Belgium, beating Finland, losing narrowly to Slovenia, and losing in the last over against Cyprus. Having narrowly missed out on promotion in 2006, they would play in Division Four again in 2009.
In 2009, Luxembourg again participated in Division Four of the ICC European Championship in Limassol, Cyprus. It won two games, against Slovenia and Finland, and lost three, finishing 4th out of six competing nations. The Luxembourg team won the Spirit of Cricket award.
In 2011, following a restructuring of the ICC European Divisions, Luxembourg participated in the ICC Europe Division 2 (T20) Championship, which took place in Belgium and involved 11 teams. Following a victory over Cyprus in the group stage, Luxembourg advanced to the 5th–8th place play-off where they eventually finished 8th. Belgium beat Austria in the final and both teams were promoted to ICC Europe Division 1.
- 2003: ECC Trophy – 11th Place
- 2004: ECC Representative Tournament – 5th Place
- 2006: ICC European Division 4 Championship – 3rd place
- 2009: ICC European Division 4 Championship – 4th place
- 2011: ICC European Division 2 Championship (T20) – 8th place
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