New Ground for Luxembourg Cricket
Tue, Jul 24, 2007 3:03 PM
It's not every day that anyone can announce the inauguration of a new ground, but on 21/22 July the first matches took place on the second ground of the Luxembourg Cricket Federation, OK it is in fact 50m into France, but let's not split hairs.
2 matches were held between a representative Luxembourg side, aka 'Gentlemen of Luxembourg' and a visiting team from Sky News (augmented by visitors from UK) thanks to contacts made in Slovenia in 2004.
A 20/20 match took place on the Saturday and, due to time constraints of the UK visitors, a 25 over game was held on the Sunday. Both were played in good conditions and a friendly atmosphere, and the event and the ground can be considered a success, apart from a number of lost balls into the nearby ditch (the farmer when cutting the field also chewed up the protective fencing put up last year).The event was witnessed by the local mayor and the actual landowner, not to mention a number of curious passers-by on the way to the nearby golf-course.
On the Saturday Sky TV, boasting several good English club batsmen, scored 242 and beat Gentlemen of Luxembourg (108) by 134 runs. On Sunday Luxembourg scored 137 in 25 overs, however, polished front foot technique saw Sky win by 9 wickets. Despite losing both games, Luxembourg cricket development was the winner as a second viable ground means that pressure on the Walferdange ground from the domestic programme can be relieved, and the capacity now exists for new ventures.
The whole thing was only made possible through the support from ICC European Development Program and the Nottssports pitch, plus a great deal of work and effort from a small number of individuals. In particular Adrian Wykes, the LCF Chairman, who has laboured long and hard, and often unseen and unsung, to make this project finally become a reality.