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 1920s. 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.