From Ashes to Astroturf – A very brief history of cricket in Lanzarote
10 years ago you could play cricket occasionally if you wanted. Initially all playing surfaces were covered in volcanic gravel therefore a length of coconut matting would be laid down to play on. The first games were played in Yaiza football stadium, which quite bizarrely is located at the foot of some very impressive volcanoes.
Shortly after, astro-turf started appearing on the pitches around Lanzarote, which provided for a much better playing surface, though often unpredictable. Games started becoming more organised and frequent and a league was created between the three founder members of what was to become The Lanzarote Cricket Association.
By 2006 The LCA was formed and implemented a league involving 5 teams with more pitches available as the local councils started to recognise the sport. Matches were now also being played in Puerto del Carmen and Tias. 2008 saw the first representative side from Lanzarote travel to La Manga to participate in a 20/20 tournament and have been invited back every year to date.
2009 held a landmark change with the arrival of our Flicx mat. The standard of cricket increased, significantly and the Association became a far more professional set up with strong links to Cricket España. In 2011 a player from our youth development represented Spain U19´s.
Alongside our domestic programme 2013 sees the arrival of 4 touring teams, the first L.C.A. International T20 Tournament in March and our most competitive squad to date to play at La Manga in April.
Further info: www.lanzarotecricket.com
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