Cricket in Luxembourg
Luxembourg City, home to 1,800 Britons, is the centre of the sport, and all of Luxembourg's club sides are situated in the city's metropolitan area. The dominant club is the Optimists Cricket Club, which plays in the Belgian league, and has won that country's league title on three occasions (1991, 1994, 1995). The Optimists, being the largest club in Luxembourg and the only one with its own ground, works in close cooperation with the Luxembourg Cricket Federation to help organise cricket in the Grand Duchy. The Optimists also organise other teams, which, whilst they play against the main side in the domestic tournament, will often pool their players with the Optimists' for matches against foreign opponents. The club plays at the Pierre Werner Cricket Ground, in Walferdange. 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 practice bays, a clubhouse with catering facilities), a cricket/tennis pavilion and various other amenities.
Luxembourgian cricket's governing body is the Luxembourg Cricket Federation (French: Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Cricket), which was established in 1993 to organise the game in Luxembourg and to promote it to the non-British population. The national team competes in the forty-over European Cricket Council Division Four Championship; in 2006, the team finished third, and narrowly missed out on promotion, having lost in the last over to Cyprus. In the corresponding tournament in Cyprus in September 2009, Luxembourg ended fourth out of six.
Currently Luxembourg has 3 international teams; Men's, Under 19's and Under 15's
- "Pierre Werner". Optimists Cricket Club. 2002. Archived from the original on October 15, 2004. Retrieved 2006-09-22.
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