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The Spanish national cricket team is the team that represents the Kingdom of Spain in international cricket. They became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1992 and an associate member in 2017.[1] They made their international debut in the ECC Trophy in 2001, finishing in 6th place. They played in the tournament again in 2001, this time finishing seventh. In the equivalent tournament in 2005, the European Affiliates Championship, they put in a much improved performance to finish in third, just missing out on promotion to Division Two of the European Championship. They played in Division Three of that tournament in 2007 and will play in Division Three once again in 2009.

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Cricket España
Personnel
CaptainMark Spencer
CoachBobby Denning
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member[1] (2017)
ICC regionEurope
International cricket
First international13 August 2001 v Portugal at Seebarn Cricket Ground, Austria
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  Malta at La Manga Club, Murcia; 29 March 2019
As of 24 March 2019

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Spain and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[2]

Spain will play its first T20I against Malta on 29 March 2019, during the 2019 Spain Triangular T20I Series. The match will be played at La Manga Club, Murcia, Spain.[3]

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HistoryEdit

Cricket is first recorded as being played in Spain in the year 1809 by soldiers of General Lord Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington). During the Peninsular War the soldiers played the game in and around Ciudad Rodrigo, Lugo and Orense. There are many records of the game being played by visiting British land and sea forces, either among themselves or against local British expatriate communities.

The game entered a new era in Spain with the founding of Madrid Cricket Club in 1975. It was based at first on British and Indian players, but soon West Indian and Spanish members joined.[4]

1st International Tournament (ECC Trophy/ICC Europe Championships)Edit

Spain played their 1st tournament in 2001 in Austria. It was the ECC Trophy 2001. They also played their 1st match of their international cricket history in that tournament. They were in the Seebern Group amongst 2 groups. In their group there were Portugal, Malta, Finland and Sweden. Every match of the tournament was 35 overs. They played their 1st match at 13 August 2001 match in Seebarn Cricket Centre No 1 Ground, Lower Austria against Portugal. After winning the toss Portugal came down to bat and scored 229/6 in 35 overs. Opener Nadeem Butt scored 69. But due to their slow overrate Spain could play 32 overs. In 32 overs Portugal made 166/7. G Howe made 40 the highest score of Spain's innings. Portuguese bowler Bagvanadaia made 3/19 in 4 overs. So Spain lost their 1st international match against Portugal by 63 runs. Spain's next matches was against Finland. It was on 14 August 2001 at Seebarn Cricket Centre No 2 Ground, Lower Austria. After winning toss Spain came down to bat. They made 222/3 in 35 overs. Batsman G Howe made 103 which was the highest of Spain's innings. Finish bowler Scott Thurling took 2/36 in 7 overs. In bowling Spain smashed their opponent Finland. Finland could make 141/9 in 35 overs. Scott Thurling made highest 43 in Finland's innings. G Howe took 3/29 in 7 overs. Spain got a victory of 81 runs and got their first win in international cricket.

European Cricket Council Trophy 2001 Seebarn Group Table
Team Played Won Lost NR Points Net Run Rate
Portugal 4 4 0 0 8 +2.303
Malta 4 3 1 0 6 +1.722
Spain 4 2 2 0 4 −1.296
Finland 4 1 3 0 0 −0.305
Sweden 4 0 4 0 0 −0.444
European Cricket Council Trophy 2001 Velden Group Table
Team Played Won Lost NR Points Net Run Rate
Austria 4 4 0 0 8 +3.159
Belgium 4 3 1 0 6 +1.550
Greece 4 2 2 0 4 +1.037
Switzerland 4 1 3 0 2 −0.526
Croatia 4 0 4 0 0 −0.495

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International Tournament historyEdit

European Cricket ChampionshipEdit

  • 2001: 6th place
  • 2003: 7th place

European Affiliates ChampionshipEdit

  • 2005: 3rd place

ICC Europe Division 3 ChampionshipEdit

  • 2007: Runners-up
  • 2009: 3rd place

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SquadEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ireland and Afghanistan ICC newest full members amid wide-ranging governance reform". International Cricket Council. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Malta vs Spain, Men's European T20I Tournament (Match-3)". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  4. ^ "History".
  5. ^ "Tournament".

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