Flamingos and beach cricket in Argentina
Argentina took part in a very successful and enjoyable beach cricket tournament in Vina del Mar, Chile, finishing in fourth place in the six team international event, behind winners India, runners-up England, and Australia. Two Chilean teams also took part. Played on the sand in a sports arena metres from the Pacific surf, this second beach cricket event organized by Chile was also a ICC Centenary event.
The Argentina team was captained by Rodrigo Scioscia, with the rest of the team made up of members of the Argentina national women's squad, the Flamingos, namely Catalina Greloni, Cecilia Birnie, Delfina Canton, Brandy Auld and Belen Casas. As he was qualified as eligible, ICC Americas RDO Grant Dugmore also turned out for the team. A memorable event and a fantastic time spent in good company in a great part of the world - many thanks to the Chilean Cricket Association and especially Patricio Caamano for their wonderful organization and hospitality.
As a vehicle in order to further develop girls and women’s cricket in Argentina, as well as for preparation towards their participation in the Americas Women's Championship in May later this year, the Argentina national team, the Flamingos, have been taking part in the senior Second Division Championship, a 30-over competition. In the eight team league, the Flamingos are currently placed 6th after four rounds, but scored an important first victory recently and remain confident of notching up more in their remaining three games. The players have also expressed how positive the experience has been so far, and exercise that is obviously proving very beneficial. The team for the Americas tournament will be announced later in March.
Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo