February 12, 2008

Falkland Islands

Falkland junior cricket continues to expand

Will Luke

Falklands' season kicked off at Mount Pleasant Airfield (MPA) this month with two Twenty20 knock-out matches played back to back. In the first match, MPA took on a weakened Stanley side, coasting to an easy seven-wicket victory. In the second game, Kelpers met HMS Nottingham.

The Kelpers finished on a modest but defendable 96 for 4 after the end of their allotted 20 overs. HMS Nottingham were immediately in trouble at the start of their innings and were all out for 54.

The final of the Twenty20 Knock-Out competition between MPA and the Kelpers is scheduled for March, when the matches in the Falklands Cup (the Twenty20 league) will also be played. The first match in the South Atlantic Ashes series between the Governor’s X1 and the CBFs X1 was scheduled for Saturday, January 26th, starting at 12 noon at the MPA Oval.

Junior Cricket Junior cricket continues to expand with the start of an indoor junior league with 5 teams as a joint venture of the Community School, the Leisure Centre & FICA. The outdoor junior training sessions have seen good numbers turning up and there is to be a 4-match outdoor series leading up to our proposed Under-17 tour of Chile in April.

Falkland CC near Perth, Scotland has extended an invitation to FICA to join in the celebrations of their 150th anniversary in 2010. They hope to have a triangular tournament including Falkland CC, the Falkland Islands and Falkland CC from Newbury, England whom FICA played last July during their UK tour.

From ICC Americas' regional newsletter


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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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