About Cricket Peru
Lima Cricket Club was founded in 1859 and cricket has been played in Lima, on and off, since then. The club moved to its present site with a cricket ground, in Magdalena, in the 1930s. The first match against a foreign team by a Peruvian team was against Sir Pelham Warner’s MCC side on its way back from Australia via Chile and Peru in 1927. The former England captain, Freddie Brown, was born in Lima and his father took five wickets against the MCC.
Only internal cricket was played between then and the 60s and, sadly, we have little record of this. Between 1967 and 1980 there was a surge of interest in the game, largely based on workers from British textile firms. As well as intense local competition, tours were arranged to Argentina three times, as well as to Colombia and Venezuela, and there were visits by teams from Argentina, Australia and England, as well as the Derrick Robbins XI, which included future England internationals Bill Athey, Chris Cowdrey and Andy Lloyd.
The 1980s proved to be another quiet time for cricket in Peru, but it recovered in the early 90s when the short, vibrant seasons in February and March raised interest; and during Easter, 1995, a tournament was arranged in Lima between teams from Chile, Brazil and Peru. Chile won with Peru second and contact was reestablished. The first South American Cricket Championship (SAC) took place soon after, in December that year, featuring Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru. The Championship has taken place since then, at roughly two-year intervals, in Buenos Aires, Santiago – and Lima in 1999, 2007 and 2014 (at Lima Cricket & Football Club and Markham College).
The 8th South American Championship was held in Brazil for the first time, in April 2009, at the Sao Paulo Athletic Club; and was held in Brazil again in 2016.
After a promising season in 2006, and following a Twenty20 tournament between four local Lima teams, we made our successful application for Affiliate membership to the ICC (International Cricket Council). This has injected new life and investment into Peruvian cricket. It also meant that Peru was part of a worldwide cricket league system, with the possibility, albeit unlikely, of qualifying for the World Cup.
We currently have some way to go to reach that lofty pinnacle as, having competed in three official, international tournaments, we were still in the ICC Americas Division III … which was then unceremoniously scrapped for financial reasons!
The pathway to returning to the World League system is long and complicated, and unlikely to be fulfilled in the short term. Nonetheless, there were some notable scalps in the process: Brazil in 2008, and Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Falkland Islands in 2011.
With an eye to the long-term future, cricket has now been (re)introduced to four schools in Lima, who competed for the first Lima Inter-Schools Trophy in Nov, 2010 & 2012. Both boys and girls are included in these school programmes, as well as in Plan Magdalena, our local, junior outreach classes begun in 2014 at a municipal football stadium.
Following the success of these junior tournaments, 2011 also saw Lima play host to its first ever official ICC tournament, the ICC Americas (South) Under-15 Championship, at Markham College. Argentina won the forty-over tournament with ease; but Peru created a massive upset to win the T20 competition.