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In The International Spotlight…Germany Cricket

Posted by wildkiwi25 on February 27, 2008

In The International Spotlight…Germany Cricket

Team_2 gottingen germany

German Cricket Ground

Germany is a world reknowned sporting country and has national teams in the top echelon of sports such as soccer, bobsledding, basketball, individual sportspersons such as Boris Becker, Michael Ballack, Michael and Ralf Schumacher…and the list goes on. However as Germany lies so close to the U.K they also play Cricket, which is a minority sport in that country but none-the-less do play the brilliant game.
Cricket in Germany has a history going back to 1850, when a group of people from England and the United States founded the first German cricket club in Berlin. Several more teams were later founded in Berlin and the rest of Germany, as well as a national federation. Cricket lingered on over the following century, with occasional visits of German players to England and British and other foreign teams touring in Germany, but only when it got a foothold in the German universities in the 1980s did the number of German cricket clubs and players start to grow again.
The national organisation for the game is currently the German Cricket Federation (Deutscher Cricket Bund, DCB), founded in 1988. As a whole there are about 50 cricket clubs in the country.

Germany became an affiliate member of the ICC in 1991, but did not play their first international until 1995, when they took part in the European Nations Cup in Oxford, England, playing against Austria, Sweden, Greece and France. They hosted the tournament in 1996, playing against France, Portugal, Sweden and France, and finished as runners up in the 1997 tournament after losing to France by one run in the final, the winning run being scored by David Bordes whilst he had a skull fracture. The Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack later listed the final as one of the 100 best matches of the 20th century.

In 1998, Germany competed in the European Championship for the first time and finished seventh. They became an associate member of the ICC the following year and played in Division Two of the European Championship in 2000, finishing as runners-up to Gibraltar.

They played at the 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada, their first and, to date, only appearance in the ICC Trophy. They failed to progress beyond the first round and again finished as runners up to Gibraltar in Division Two of the European Championship the following year. They also played in Division Two in 2004, finishing third, and in 2006, again finishing third.

Tournament History –>
ICC Trophy:
1979 to 1990 inclusive: Not eligible – not an ICC member
1994: Not eligible – ICC affiliate member
1997: Not eligible – ICC affiliate member
2001: First round
2005: Did not qualify
European Championship
1996: Did not participate
1998: 7th place
2000: Division Two runners up
2002: Division Two runners up
2004: 3rd place (Division Two)
2006: 3rd place (Division Two)

In May 2008, Germany will travel to Jersey to play in Division Five of the World Cricket League. A top two finish in this tournament will qualify them for Division Four later in the year. In August, they will travel to Guernsey to play in Division Two of the European Championship against the hosts as well as France, Gibraltar, Jersey and the winner of a play-off between Croatia and Israel.
Regional associations

Regional associations include the Norddeutscher Cricket Verband, (North German Cricket Federation). Clubs playing there include:
• Oldenburg
• Lübeck
• HICC
• Alster
• Kiel
• Pak Alemi
• Buxtehude

Clubs include the Cricket Team of the University of Göttingen (German: Cricket Team der Uni Göttingen) which started with the help of the British Tourist Board in Frankfurt, the British Army and the 1st Royal Tank Regiment Hildesheim who supplied the team with enough equipment to furnish the club and offered a date for a game on their base. The first team comprised a mixture of people who had played cricket before and some who hadn’t. All came from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, most from the Department of Neurobiology.

A major milestone in Göttingen cricket was gaining permission from the University of Göttingen to make a pitch at the University Sports Ground. The Cricket Team of the University of Göttingen is a founder-member of the DCB. Cooperation with the University of Göttingen has expanded, so that the club hosted several national indoor championships, with greatly increasing numbers of teams. Moreover, nets were erected for practice. A priority in the coming years will be to introduce more students to the game.

Here are some good links to find out more on German Cricket:

  • Germany Cricket at Cricketarchive.com
  • ICC’s one-day rankings
  • A hundred matches of the century, 2000 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack
  • ICC Trophy matches played by Germany at Cricket Archive

    CTdUG-openers-Abid_Ayoma german cricket

    cricket_mail_Poster germany

    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.com, Cricinfo.com

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    The Underarm Incident of 1981….

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on February 27, 2008

    The Underarm Incident of 1981:
    Cricket is a game that never has fully escaped the subject of controversy. No longer can cricket fans expect a controversy-free tournament or series. Take for instance examples like the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Bob Woolmer, Match-fixing (perhaps made famous by Hansie Cronje and co), Ball Tampering, Chucking, and one incident that has entrenched itself into the annals of cricketing history, one Australia in particular would love to remember and one New Zealand wouldn’t, is of course The Underarm Incident of 1981.

    An infamous incident in a game of cricket, involving an underarm delivery occurred on February 1, 1981 when Australia was playing New Zealand in a One Day International, the third of five matches in the final of the Benson & Hedges World Series Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.In the February 1981 underarm delivery incident, the batsman at the non-striker’s end, Bruce Edgar, was on 102 not out at the time and his innings has been called “the most overlooked century of all time”.

    The match had earlier controversy: in the Australian innings, Martin Snedden took a spectacular low outfield catch off the batting of Greg Chappell when he was on 52. It was disallowed by the umpires, although TV replays clearly showed it was a clean catch. Some commentators believed Chappell should have taken Snedden’s word that the catch was good. Chappell went on to score 90, before he was caught by Bruce Edgar in similar fashion. This time Chappell walked.In the confusion, one of the fielders (Dennis Lillee) forgot to walk into place, meaning that the underarm ball was technically a no-ball, because Australia had one too many fielders outside the field restriction line.

    The delivery—>

    New Zealand needed six runs to tie the match from the final ball, with eight wickets down. The Australian captain (Greg Chappell) ordered the bowler (his brother, Trevor Chappell) to bowl underarm: rolling the ball along the ground to avoid the possibility that the No. 10 New Zealand batsman (Brian McKechnie) would score a six from the last ball to tie the match.
    Immediate reaction

    Australia won the game, but boos were heard from the crowd and the New Zealand batsmen marched off in disgust. Since that day the underarm bowling incident has been a source of discussion, both heated and jocular, between Australians and New Zealanders.

    It was described as “the most disgusting incident I can recall in the history of cricket” by the then Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rob Muldoon, who also said that “It was an act of cowardice and I consider it appropriate that the Australian team were wearing yellow”.

    The reaction in Australia from then Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, called the act “contrary to the traditions of the game”. Commentating for Channel 9 at the time, Richie Benaud described the act as “disgraceful” and called it “one of the worst things I have ever seen done on a cricket field”.

    Brian McKechnie bears no ill will over the incident but both Chappell brothers have publicly stated their embarrassment over the incident and, over 25 years later, are still reluctant to discuss it. Unfortunately for Trevor Chappell, this incident is what he is best remembered for. As a direct result of the incident, underarm bowling was banned in limited overs cricket by the International Cricket Council as not within the spirit of the game.New Zealand cricketer Warren Lees recounted the underarm incident on New Zealand’s 20/20 current-affairs show, on Thursday 17 February 2005. He said for long after the affair there was silence in the dressing room, which was broken suddenly and unexpectedly by fellow player Mark Burgess smashing a tea cup.

    On February 17, 2005, 24 years after the original underarm delivery, Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath light-heartedly revisited the incident in the first ever Twenty20 international, played between Australia and New Zealand. In the last over of the match, a grinning McGrath pretended to bowl an underarm delivery to Kyle Mills which prompted New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden to produce a mock red card. This drew a large reception from the crowd, which was mostly made up of New Zealand fans, and echoed the good spirits in which the whole game had been played.

    Here is a video about the Underarm Incident, its well worth watching! —>

    *With thanks and acknowledgements to Wikipedia.com, Youtube.com, Cricinfo.com

    Posted in Australia, Brian McKechnie, Controversy, Glenn McGrath, Greg Chappel, Kyle Mills, new zealand, Trevor Chappel, Underarm | Leave a Comment »

    In The International Spotlight…Germany Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on February 27, 2008

    In The International Spotlight…Germany Cricket

    Team_2 gottingen germany

    German Cricket Ground

    Germany is a world reknowned sporting country and has national teams in the top echelon of sports such as soccer, bobsledding, basketball, individual sportspersons such as Boris Becker, Michael Ballack, Michael and Ralf Schumacher…and the list goes on. However as Germany lies so close to the U.K they also play Cricket, which is a minority sport in that country but none-the-less do play the brilliant game.
    Cricket in Germany has a history going back to 1850, when a group of people from England and the United States founded the first German cricket club in Berlin. Several more teams were later founded in Berlin and the rest of Germany, as well as a national federation. Cricket lingered on over the following century, with occasional visits of German players to England and British and other foreign teams touring in Germany, but only when it got a foothold in the German universities in the 1980s did the number of German cricket clubs and players start to grow again.
    The national organisation for the game is currently the German Cricket Federation (Deutscher Cricket Bund, DCB), founded in 1988. As a whole there are about 50 cricket clubs in the country.

    Germany became an affiliate member of the ICC in 1991, but did not play their first international until 1995, when they took part in the European Nations Cup in Oxford, England, playing against Austria, Sweden, Greece and France. They hosted the tournament in 1996, playing against France, Portugal, Sweden and France, and finished as runners up in the 1997 tournament after losing to France by one run in the final, the winning run being scored by David Bordes whilst he had a skull fracture. The Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack later listed the final as one of the 100 best matches of the 20th century.

    In 1998, Germany competed in the European Championship for the first time and finished seventh. They became an associate member of the ICC the following year and played in Division Two of the European Championship in 2000, finishing as runners-up to Gibraltar.

    They played at the 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada, their first and, to date, only appearance in the ICC Trophy. They failed to progress beyond the first round and again finished as runners up to Gibraltar in Division Two of the European Championship the following year. They also played in Division Two in 2004, finishing third, and in 2006, again finishing third.

    Tournament History –>
    ICC Trophy:
    1979 to 1990 inclusive: Not eligible – not an ICC member
    1994: Not eligible – ICC affiliate member
    1997: Not eligible – ICC affiliate member
    2001: First round
    2005: Did not qualify
    European Championship
    1996: Did not participate
    1998: 7th place
    2000: Division Two runners up
    2002: Division Two runners up
    2004: 3rd place (Division Two)
    2006: 3rd place (Division Two)

    In May 2008, Germany will travel to Jersey to play in Division Five of the World Cricket League. A top two finish in this tournament will qualify them for Division Four later in the year. In August, they will travel to Guernsey to play in Division Two of the European Championship against the hosts as well as France, Gibraltar, Jersey and the winner of a play-off between Croatia and Israel.
    Regional associations

    Regional associations include the Norddeutscher Cricket Verband, (North German Cricket Federation). Clubs playing there include:
    • Oldenburg
    • Lübeck
    • HICC
    • Alster
    • Kiel
    • Pak Alemi
    • Buxtehude
    • Clubs include the Cricket Team of the University of Göttingen (German: Cricket Team der Uni Göttingen) which started with the help of the British Tourist Board in Frankfurt, the British Army and the 1st Royal Tank Regiment Hildesheim who supplied the team with enough equipment to furnish the club and offered a date for a game on their base. The first team comprised a mixture of people who had played cricket before and some who hadn’t. All came from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, most from the Department of Neurobiology.
    • A major milestone in Göttingen cricket was gaining permission from the University of Göttingen to make a pitch at the University Sports Ground. The Cricket Team of the University of Göttingen is a founder-member of the DCB. Cooperation with the University of Göttingen has expanded, so that the club hosted several national indoor championships, with greatly increasing numbers of teams. Moreover, nets were erected for practice. A priority in the coming years will be to introduce more students to the game.

    Here are some good links to find out more on German Cricket:

  • ^ a b c d e f Germany at Cricket Archive
  • ^ [http://www.icc-cricket.com/icc/development/one-day_rankings.html ICC’s one-day rankings
  • ^ 1995 European Nations Cup at Cricket Archive
  • ^ 1996 European Nations Cup at Cricket Archive
  • ^ Scorecard of France v Germany, 23 August 1997
  • ^ A hundred matches of the century, 2000 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack
  • ^ a b 1998 European Championship at CricketEurope
  • ^ a b 2000 European Championship at CricketEurope
  • ^ ICC Trophy matches played by Germany at Cricket Archive
  • ^ a b 2001 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  • ^ a b 2002 European Championship Official Site – Results
  • ^ a b 2004 European Division Two Championship at the official website of the European Cricket Council
  • ^ a b 2006 European Division Two Championship at CricketEurope
  • ^ 2005 ICC Trophy official site
  • ^ 1996 European Championship at CricketEurope
  • ^ World Cricket League structure for 2006-09
  • ^ Ireland to host European Championship, ICC Europe Media release at CricketEurope
  • CTdUG-openers-Abid_Ayoma german cricket

    cricket_mail_Poster germany

    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.com, Cricinfo.com

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    The Underarm Incident of 1981….

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on February 27, 2008

    The Underarm Incident of 1981:
    Cricket is a game that never has fully escaped the subject of controversy. No longer can cricket fans expect a controversy-free tournament or series. Take for instance examples like the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Bob Woolmer, Match-fixing (perhaps made famous by Hansie Cronje and co), Ball Tampering, Chucking, and one incident that has entrenched itself into the annals of cricketing history, one Australia in particular would love to remember and one New Zealand wouldn’t, is of course The Underarm Incident of 1981.

    An infamous incident in a game of cricket, involving an underarm delivery occurred on February 1, 1981 when Australia was playing New Zealand in a One Day International, the third of five matches in the final of the Benson & Hedges World Series Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.In the February 1981 underarm delivery incident, the batsman at the non-striker’s end, Bruce Edgar, was on 102 not out at the time and his innings has been called “the most overlooked century of all time”.

    The match had earlier controversy: in the Australian innings, Martin Snedden took a spectacular low outfield catch off the batting of Greg Chappell when he was on 52. It was disallowed by the umpires, although TV replays clearly showed it was a clean catch. Some commentators believed Chappell should have taken Snedden’s word that the catch was good. Chappell went on to score 90, before he was caught by Bruce Edgar in similar fashion. This time Chappell walked.In the confusion, one of the fielders (Dennis Lillee) forgot to walk into place, meaning that the underarm ball was technically a no-ball, because Australia had one too many fielders outside the field restriction line.

    The delivery—>

    New Zealand needed six runs to tie the match from the final ball, with eight wickets down. The Australian captain (Greg Chappell) ordered the bowler (his brother, Trevor Chappell) to bowl underarm: rolling the ball along the ground to avoid the possibility that the No. 10 New Zealand batsman (Brian McKechnie) would score a six from the last ball to tie the match.
    Immediate reaction

    Australia won the game, but boos were heard from the crowd and the New Zealand batsmen marched off in disgust. Since that day the underarm bowling incident has been a source of discussion, both heated and jocular, between Australians and New Zealanders.

    It was described as “the most disgusting incident I can recall in the history of cricket” by the then Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rob Muldoon, who also said that “It was an act of cowardice and I consider it appropriate that the Australian team were wearing yellow”.

    The reaction in Australia from then Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, called the act “contrary to the traditions of the game”. Commentating for Channel 9 at the time, Richie Benaud described the act as “disgraceful” and called it “one of the worst things I have ever seen done on a cricket field”.

    Brian McKechnie bears no ill will over the incident but both Chappell brothers have publicly stated their embarrassment over the incident and, over 25 years later, are still reluctant to discuss it. Unfortunately for Trevor Chappell, this incident is what he is best remembered for. As a direct result of the incident, underarm bowling was banned in limited overs cricket by the International Cricket Council as not within the spirit of the game.New Zealand cricketer Warren Lees recounted the underarm incident on New Zealand’s 20/20 current-affairs show, on Thursday 17 February 2005. He said for long after the affair there was silence in the dressing room, which was broken suddenly and unexpectedly by fellow player Mark Burgess smashing a tea cup.

    On February 17, 2005, 24 years after the original underarm delivery, Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath light-heartedly revisited the incident in the first ever Twenty20 international, played between Australia and New Zealand. In the last over of the match, a grinning McGrath pretended to bowl an underarm delivery to Kyle Mills which prompted New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden to produce a mock red card. This drew a large reception from the crowd, which was mostly made up of New Zealand fans, and echoed the good spirits in which the whole game had been played.

    Here is a video about the Underarm Incident, its well worth watching! —>

    *With thanks and acknowledgements to Wikipedia.com, Youtube.com, Cricinfo.com

    Posted in Australia, Brian McKechnie, Controversy, Glenn McGrath, Greg Chappel, Kyle Mills, new zealand, Trevor Chappel, Underarm | Leave a Comment »

    Streaking…Is it cricket or not?(if you are offended by streaking then don’t read this, as I have included photos of streakers in this post/article!)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on February 25, 2008

    Many enthusiastic fans of the game of cricket would in some stage of their lives would’ve witnessed streaking on the cricket by fans of the game that perhaps take their obsession for the game a bit over the top. One of the first incidences of streaking in the game of cricket was in the first World Cup in 1975 when a fella by the name of Michael Angelow (yes the name does sound similar to that nude sculpture) decided to strip down to his birthday suit and bear his nether-regions to the cricketing public. I havn’t been able to find out exactly for sure but it was probably fuelled by alcohol, which is probably a key catalyst in helping people perhaps lose their inhibitions and do wild and crazy things, in this case- streaking. There are many views about what part streaking plays in cricket eg some people are dead against it and on the other end of the scale partisians to the game of cricket think its amusing and entertaining. Personally my views on streaking come roughly in the middle. I think that its highly entertaining for the game and in a way provides a highlight ( besides 4s and 6s getting scored ans wickets falling and spectacular catches etc) which will be discussed amongst buddies, but in a sense they also distract the cricketers in the field and cricket is a family game as well-as Reverend Lovejoy’s wife on The Simpsons says ” will someone please think of the children!”, and who knows a streaker could one day carry a couple of stubbies with him/her on the pitch and spill the alcohol on the pitch, and that could turn the results of the game negatively on either team. It would be disastrous if it was the home team.

    Nonetheless as an enthusiastic cricket fan I do find it amusing and entertaining to see, I suppose parents of children and people highly offended by streaking could momentarilly cover their eyes and shield themselves from their perceived view of streaking as “disgusting”, but then again its controversial because at the end of the day everyone that is at the ground must have one thing in common- they are there to watch the game they love and that streaking aside cricket is indeed a brilliant game.

    streaking in cricket5

    streaking in cricket4

    streaking in cricket3

    streaking in cricket2

    streaker_cricket

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    Streaking…Is it cricket or not?(if you are offended by streaking then don’t read this, as I have included photos of streakers in this post/article!)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on February 24, 2008

    Many enthusiastic fans of the game of cricket would in some stage of their lives would’ve witnessed streaking on the cricket by fans of the game that perhaps take their obsession for the game a bit over the top. One of the first incidences of streaking in the game of cricket was in the first World Cup in 1975 when a fella by the name of Michael Angelow (yes the name does sound similar to that nude sculpture) decided to strip down to his birthday suit and bear his nether-regions to the cricketing public. I havn’t been able to find out exactly for sure but it was probably fuelled by alcohol, which is probably a key catalyst in helping people perhaps lose their inhibitions and do wild and crazy things, in this case- streaking. There are many views about what part streaking plays in cricket eg some people are dead against it and on the other end of the scale partisians to the game of cricket think its amusing and entertaining. Personally my views on streaking come roughly in the middle. I think that its highly entertaining for the game and in a way provides a highlight ( besides 4s and 6s getting scored ans wickets falling and spectacular catches etc) which will be discussed amongst buddies, but in a sense they also distract the cricketers in the field and cricket is a family game as well-as Reverend Lovejoy’s wife on The Simpsons says ” will someone please think of the children!”, and who knows a streaker could one day carry a couple of stubbies with him/her on the pitch and spill the alcohol on the pitch, and that could turn the results of the game negatively on either team. It would be disastrous if it was the home team.

    Nonetheless as an enthusiastic cricket fan I do find it amusing and entertaining to see, I suppose parents of children and people highly offended by streaking could momentarilly cover their eyes and shield themselves from their perceived view of streaking as “disgusting”, but then again its controversial because at the end of the day everyone that is at the ground must have one thing in common- they are there to watch the game they love and that streaking aside cricket is indeed a brilliant game.

    streaking in cricket5

    streaking in cricket4

    streaking in cricket3

    streaking in cricket2

    streaker_cricket

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    Player Profile(#7)…Eion Morgan(Ireland)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on February 23, 2008

    Player Profile(no#7)…Eion Morgan(Ireland):

    Eion Morgan just reaches the crease

    Eion Morgan takes a superb catch

    Everyone must know the resilient effort that the Ireland team conjured up to stun most cricketing critics to reach the Super Eights stage of last years Cricket World Cup in the West Indies. They toppled Pakistan, which in cricketing circles has been a very legendary side and was the winner of the 1992 Cricket World Cup in Australia/New Zealand. A few players were key to that effort and Eion Morgan was one of those players that shone.

    Eoin Joseph Gerard Morgan born 10 September 1986 in Dublin is an Irish cricketer. He is a left-handed batsman, part-time right-arm medium bowler and an occasional wicket-keeper. He plays in English county cricket for Middlesex.
    Morgan was a regular member of Ireland’s youth teams and represented them at Under-15 and Under-17 level. He was selected in the Irish Under-19 squad for the 2003-04 Under-19 World Cup, and was Ireland’s top run-scorer in the competition. Two years later, he captained Ireland in the 2005-06 Under-19 World Cup where he finished as the second-highest overall run-scorer. Morgan made his One Day International debut for Ireland on 5 August 2006 at the European Championships against Scotland. He nearly made a century on debut, scoring 99 before he was run out. It was the first time in ODI history that a player had been dismissed for 99 on debut. Only two other batsmen passed 20 as Ireland beat Scotland by 85 runs. His maiden ODI hundred came not long after, on the 4 February 2007 against Canada in Nairobi. He became the youngest ever non-subcontinental player to make a century in ODI cricket.

    Morgan is the first cricketer to have scored a first-class double century for Ireland with an unbeaten 209 against the United Arab Emirates in February 2007 at Abu Dhabi. In February 2007, Morgan was named in Ireland’s 15-man squad for the 2007 Cricket World Cup

    In May 2007, Morgan was named as one of England’s twelfth men for the Lord’s Test versus West Indies, and came on for Matthew Hoggard on the third day. Eoin was educated at Catholic University School on leeson street and won several senior cup cricket winners medals playing for CUS.

  • ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup, 2003/04 Averages: Ireland Under-19s
  • ICC Under-19s Cricket World Cup, 2005/06 Batting – Most Runs
  • Scotland v Ireland at Ayr, 5 August 2006
  • ODIs – Youngest to Score Century
  • Dominant Morgan sets Irish record

    Eion Morgan vs Kenya

    Eion Morgan vs South Africa

    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.com, Cricinfo.com

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    In the International Spotlight…Malta Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on February 23, 2008

    In the International Spotlight…Malta Cricket:

    Maltese people playing cricket

    The Malta Cricket Association was set up in 1989 although the first cricket match to be played on the Maltese Islands was between the British Services regiments stationed at the Cottonera and Valletta back in 1878 at the Verdala Palace Ground. By 1903 the game started to spread over to several keen Maltese enthusiasts and several competitions existed. With the setting up of the association it became involved and was a founder member of the European Cricket Federation. In fact Malta is represented in the European Nations Cup which is held biannually with the participation of ten countries.

    The Malta Cricket Association has a season long of activities ranging from organizing the national league and a number of friendly matches against foreign opposition and has been trying hard to get the game going in schools over the years. Recently a coaching clinic was re introduced at the Marsa Cricket Club. This is being held on Saturday mornings from 9.30am till 11.30am at the Marsa Sports club. There are four clubs in Malta. Two are based at the Marsa Sports Club, Marsa C.C and Krishna C.C. the other two clubs are Melita C.C and Overseas C.C. All games are played at the Marsa Sports ground being the only ground available. Marsa C.C hosts games played against touring teams mainly from England. All players have a chance to play.

    If you would like to find more about cricket in this country here are some excellent references/links —>

  • http://blogs.cricinfo.com/btw/archives/malta/
  • Malta Cricket Tours

    Malta Cricket

    malta_cricket Marsa SCCC

    *Acknowledgements of text to the Malta Olympic Committee

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    Player Profile(#7)…Eion Morgan(Ireland)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on February 23, 2008

    Player Profile(no#7)…Eion Morgan(Ireland):

    Eion Morgan just reaches the crease

    Eion Morgan takes a superb catch

    Everyone must know the resilient effort that the Ireland team conjured up to stun most cricketing critics to reach the Super Eights stage of last years Cricket World Cup in the West Indies. They toppled Pakistan, which in cricketing circles has been a very legendary side and was the winner of the 1992 Cricket World Cup in Australia/New Zealand. A few players were key to that effort and Eion Morgan was one of those players that shone.

    Eoin Joseph Gerard Morgan (born 10 September 1986 in Dublin) is an Irish cricketer. He is a left-handed batsman, part-time right-arm medium bowler and an occasional wicket-keeper. He plays in English county cricket for Middlesex.

    Morgan was a regular member of Ireland’s youth teams and represented them at Under-15 and Under-17 level. He was selected in the Irish Under-19 squad for the 2003-04 Under-19 World Cup, and was Ireland’s top run-scorer in the competition.[1] Two years later, he captained Ireland in the 2005-06 Under-19 World Cup where he finished as the second-highest overall run-scorer.[2]

    Morgan made his One Day International debut for Ireland on 5 August 2006 at the European Championships against Scotland. He nearly made a century on debut, scoring 99 before he was run out. It was the first time in ODI history that a player had been dismissed for 99 on debut. Only two other batsmen passed 20 as Ireland beat Scotland by 85 runs.[3] His maiden ODI hundred came not long after, on the 4 February 2007 against Canada in Nairobi. He became the youngest ever non-subcontinental player to make a century in ODI cricket.[4]

    Morgan is the first cricketer to have scored a first-class double century for Ireland with an unbeaten 209 against the United Arab Emirates in February 2007 at Abu Dhabi.[5]

    In February 2007, Morgan was named in Ireland’s 15-man squad for the 2007 Cricket World Cup.[6]

    In May 2007, Morgan was named as one of England’s twelfth men for the Lord’s Test versus West Indies[7], and came on for Matthew Hoggard on the third day.[8]

    Eoin was educated at Catholic University School on leeson street and won several senior cup cricket winners medals playing for CUS.

  • ^ ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup, 2003/04 Averages: Ireland Under-19s. Cricinfo. Retrieved on 200703-01.
  • ^ ICC Under-19s Cricket World Cup, 2005/06 Batting – Most Runs. Cricinfo. Retrieved on 200703-01.
  • ^ Scotland v Ireland at Ayr, 5 August 2006. Cricinfo. Retrieved on 200703-01.
  • ^ ODIs – Youngest to Score Century. Cricinfo. Retrieved on 200703-01.
  • ^Dominant Morgan sets Irish record“, BBC Sport, 11 February 2007. Retrieved on 200703-01. 
  • ^Ireland stick with tried and tested“, Cricinfo, 13 February 2007. Retrieved on 200703-01. 
  • ^ Cricinfo – 1st Test: England v West Indies at Lord’s, May 17-21, 2007
  • ^ BBC SPORT | Cricket | England | First Test, day three as it happened
  • Eion Morgan vs Kenya

    Eion Morgan vs South Africa

    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.com, Cricinfo.com

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    In the International Spotlight…Malta Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on February 23, 2008

    In the International Spotlight…Malta Cricket:

    Maltese people playing cricket

    The Malta Cricket Association was set up in 1989 although the first cricket match to be played on the Maltese Islands was between the British Services regiments stationed at the Cottonera and Valletta back in 1878 at the Verdala Palace Ground. By 1903 the game started to spread over to several keen Maltese enthusiasts and several competitions existed. With the setting up of the association it became involved and was a founder member of the European Cricket Federation. In fact Malta is represented in the European Nations Cup which is held biannually with the participation of ten countries.

    The Malta Cricket Association has a season long of activities ranging from organizing the national league and a number of friendly matches against foreign opposition and has been trying hard to get the game going in schools over the years. Recently a coaching clinic was re introduced at the Marsa Cricket Club. This is being held on Saturday mornings from 9.30am till 11.30am at the Marsa Sports club. There are four clubs in Malta. Two are based at the Marsa Sports Club, Marsa C.C and Krishna C.C. the other two clubs are Melita C.C and Overseas C.C. All games are played at the Marsa Sports ground being the only ground available. Marsa C.C hosts games played against touring teams mainly from England. All players have a chance to play.

    If you would like to find more about cricket in this country here are some excellent references/links —>
    http://blogs.cricinfo.com/btw/archives/malta/
    Malta Cricket Tours

    Malta Cricket

    malta_cricket Marsa SCCC

    *Acknowledgements of text to the Malta Olympic Committee

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