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In the International Spotlight…Slovenia Cricket

Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 12, 2009

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The Slovenian cricket team is the team that represents the country of Slovenia in international cricket matches. The national organising body in Slovenia, the Slovenian Cricket Association, became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council in 2005.

Early days:
It is thought that cricket was introduced to Slovenia in 1974, after Borut Čegovnik, then a 13-year-old boy from the mountain town of Mežica, was introduced to the sport on an extended visit to his penpal in Birchington-on-Sea, Kent. He received extensive coaching from his host’s father, and went back to his home with a selection of cricket equipment having decided that cricket was just the thing for his town. Seventeen, mainly single-wicket, tournaments were held between 1974 and 1982, with 24 local boys playing. The game was played in the village until 1982, when several of the ringleaders moved to the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana.

Modern era:
Cricket resurfaced in Slovenia in 1997 when the Ljubljana Cricket Club was formed. The first game was played between a Slovenian President’s XI and a visiting club from The Hague. That game was attended by the then Slovenian president Milan Kučan. Friendly games against sides from various countries and the British Embassy continued, and Ljubljana Cricket Club began to compete in Austrian club cricket.

In 2000, the Slovenian national cricket team made its debut in the European Representative Championships. They finished fourth in the tournament, and came second in 2002. They hosted the tournament in 2004, again finishing in fourth place. This tournament was replaced in 2006 by the Division Four of the European Championship, where Slovenia finished in fourth place out of the four teams. They will retain their Division Four place in 2009.

Leading figures:

  • Robert Crawford (born February 26, 1960) is an English-born Slovenian cricketer. He has represented Slovenia since 2002.

    He has played for Slovenia in the ECC Representative Festival of 2002 and the ECC Representative Championship of 2004. Most recently he has appeared with his team in Division Four of the 2006 European Championship. He is an opening batsman and slow bowler.

  • Borut Čegovnik played for Slovenia in the ECC Representative Championship of 2004 and is the President of the Slovenian Cricket Association.
  • Brad Eve (born November 11, 1967) is an Australian-born Slovenian cricketer. He is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium-bowler who has played for Slovenia since 2000.

    He first played for Slovenia at the ECC Representative Festival of 2000, where in four matches he had an average of less than one run per innings. Two years later he played in the same competition, and, in 2004, he played at the ECC Representative Championship.

    Most recently he has played in Division Four of the 2006 European Championship for his adopted country.

  • Tom Furness (born November 8, 1978) is an English-born Slovenian cricketer. He has represented Slovenia since 2004.

    He has played in the ECC Representative Championship of 2004, and most recently appeared with his team in Division Four of the 2006 European Championship. Furness has appeared as an opening batsman since his introduction into Slovenian cricket, and now shares this position with Robert Crawford.

  • Egon Jakofčič (born October 31, 1967) is a Slovenian cricketer. He has played for Slovenia since 2004.

    He first represented the Slovenian team during 2004, when he made five appearances in the ECC Representative Championship, as a lower-order/tailend batsman, and, two years later, appeared in the Belgium-based European Championship, for which Slovenia were placed in Division Four. He is also a right-arm medium bowler.

  • Robert Jakofčič (born May 19, 1970) is an Australian-born Slovenian cricketer. He has played for Slovenia since 2006.

    He appeared as a lower-order batsman in two matches during the 2006 European Championships.

  • Mark Oman (born September 5, 1966) is an Australian-born Slovenian cricketer. He has captained Slovenia since 2000. He is an opening batsman and right-arm fast-medium bowler.

    He first represented Slovenia at the 2000 ECC Representative Festival, contributing in his first match to a second-wicket partnership of 72 before a Slovenian batting collapse. He later represented Slovenia at the 2002 Representative Festival and the 2004 Representative Championship, and has most recently played for his adopted country in Division Four of the European Championship.

    He has made significant contributions to the development of cricket in Slovenia.

    Links to more information on Slovenia Cricket:

  • Official website of the Slovenian Cricket Association
  • Slovenia cricket at Cricinfo’s Beyond the Test World blog
  • Cricket in Slovenia by Brad Eve

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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