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Colombia national cricket team

The Colombian national cricket team represents Colombia in international cricket matches.

History

Cricket has been played in Bogotá since the beginning of the 20th century. There are reports of cricket matches played at La Magdalena Jocking Club in 1905, 1907 and 1909.[1][2][3]

Cricket in Colombia received a boost on 20 May 1955 with the creation of the Bogotá Cricket Club (BCC). The first chairman of the club was Englishman Reginald Brand.

The club's first match was played in Cali in December 1957 against a rival team gathered by a former BCC member representing Cali Shell. These matches were the first of a series of tests played between Bogotá against Cali and/or the Rest of Colombia for the "H.E.'s Bat", a prize donated by British Ambassador and Honorary President of the Club Sir James Joint.

The first international match was played against Maracaibo (Shell) in Bogotá in February 1958. The return game was played in June of the same year. These series continued successfully until 1961.

In 1961 the Bogota Cricket Club was merged into the Bogotá Sports Club.

In March 1970, the New Zealand Ambassador’s Cricket team visited the B.S.C. and was nearly beaten. That team included future internationals J.F.M. Morrison and A. Roberts.

Other matches were played against Cali, Medellín, Caracas (team included ex-West Indies Test cricketer Tony White), Curaçao, Lima, the Banks, BEA Silver Wing Club, the California Cricket Club (on their South American Tour), the Quidnuncs (including Dudley Owen Thomas, David Hays and Derek George), and finally in February 1979 Derrick Robins’ XI.

The B.S.C. (with Tony White) was the only side to bowl them out (for 184) during their South American tour. Norman Bracht took 5-74 in 20 overs and White 3-70 in 22. Their side was managed by Peter Parfitt (with Henry Blofeld), captained by Chris Cowdrey and included Bill Athey, Graham Stevenson, Tim Lloyd and other good young county cricketers.

In the eighties there were limited cricket appearances in Colombia and internationally due to the decline in the number of cricketers in Colombia.

References

  • History of Cricket in Colombia

Notes

External links

  • Colombia: Panama wins series 2-0 but Colombian cricket is the winner
  • Colombia: Bullfights and cricket at 2500 metres
  • Colombia: Cricket with altitude, as our game returns to Bogota
  • South American Championships: Colombia may be late addition
  • Colombia: Cricket returns to Bogota
  • Colombia: Possible South American Championships gig adds to Colombian cricket's renewed hope Retrieved on September 16, 2007
  • South American Championship, December - 2004 Retrieved on September 16, 2007
  • Colombia: It's sixes on the roof as cricket comes to Cali Retrieved on September 16, 2007
  • BTTW's List of Cricket Playing Countries: 30 more join the cricketing family Retrieved on September 16, 2007


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