Peru has traditionally held a three-month season at the Lima Cricket & Football Club (LCFC) from January until Easter. The Annual Easter tournament has often involved invited teams (often Chile or the Guyana Masters). The advantage of playing cricket in Peru is that play is never lost to rain!
The most important regular matches on the calendar were traditionally the British Ambassador’s XI vs President of LCFC XI and Asia vs Rest of the World. In 2010, ‘Las Cenizas’ between England and Australia was hotly contested and so remains an annual fixture.
In November 2006, a uniquely Peruvian cricket form, Cricket Veloz, was introduced to the cricketing calendar, and the Chimu Adventures Cricket Veloz Trophy has been hotly contested every year since. Originally designed as a four-team, indoor tournament, in 2009 it was rebranded as an outdoor 6-a-side festival, with great success, fitting nicely into the 150th Anniversary celebrations of the LCFC.
The Cricket Peru Twenty20 Tournament began in 2007 with four (now five) clubs fighting it out for the Cup. In 2010, the T20 Tournament was divided into two halves – the Apertura and the Clausura – mimicking the structure of the Peruvian football season and doubling the number of matches! Moreover, during the Clausura season, each club fielded two sides, with the development side competing in a Super 8s Competition, a format where everyone gets a good chance to bat and bowl.
Another highly successful innovation in 2010 was the Pick ‘n’ Sixes Trophy. This is an IPL-inspired, franchise-based, 6-a-side competition, with a player auction held in an Indian restaurant a couple of days before the tournament!
The five Lima clubs are:
Cricket was also played in the city of Tacna, in the south of Peru, on the border with Chile. Whenever possible, players from Tacna have been involved in the Lima and Peru cricket set-up.
There is still plenty of opportunity for social cricket with ‘friendlies’, such as the Viv Ash Cuba Libre Invitational (Download PDF Report). These games are a great opportunity for players of all abilities to get together and hone their skills, prior to the start of the Twenty20 league.
With the construction of an artificial wicket at Markham College, the opportunity to extend the cricket season has increased, and we now have a brief Spring Season beginning in November.