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In 1840, some Danish high school teachers were on a study visit to England and brought back the basics of the game of cricket to Denmark. Later in the 1860s the English railway workers who constructed the railway tracks through Denmark founded cricket clubs in the cities of Randers and Odense. Out of interest, the world - famous Danish author Hans Christian Andersen mentions in his diary from 1857 that he was playing cricket while visiting Charles Dickens in England and he got an injured finger hitting the ball. Cricket was organised by the Football Association, Dansk Boldspil Union (DBU). The big clubs in Copenhagen were KB (Københavns Boldklub), AB (Akademisk Boldklub) and Boldklubben Frem. In Jytland the leading clubs were Hjørring C.C. and Nykøbing Mors C.C.
It was not until after the Second World War that it was felt necessary to amalgamate the game nationally into one association. So, in 1953, the Danish Cricket Association (Dansk Cricket-Forbund, DCF) was formed and cricket broke out of the football organisation. In 1954, Denmark played its first international match against Oxford University. Since then, Denmark's international game developed after joining the ICC as an Associate Member in 1966. Denmark has taken part in ICC tournaments and has been a founder member of the European Cricket Council, hosting the first ICC European Championships in 1996. In 2006, DCF become part of the ICC European Development Programme's High Performance Programme.
Denmark has played in various ICC competitions since the 1970s and, from 1996, also the European Championships. The Danish national team took the bronze medal in 1996 and 2008 and the silver medal in 1998 in the European Division 1 Championship. A disappointing showing in the 2009 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier - when it finished bottom of 12 teams - meant it was relegated to Division Three of the World Cricket League, which it will contest in 2011.
Denmark has produced six professional cricketers over the years - the first five all being pace bowlers. Ole Mortensen (Derbyshire), Søren Henriksen (Lancashire), Søren Vestergaard (Warwickshire), Thomas Hansen (Hampshire) and Amjad Khan (Kent). The present captain of the Danish national team, Frederik Klokker, was part of the MCC ground staff for four years before graduating to playing for Warwickshire and Derbyshire.
The Danish 'Elitedivision' consists of the eight best teams/clubs in the country and a further eight teams compete in the 1st Division. In 2008 Glostrup C.C. won the Championship. A 40-overs cup competition is also played, and 2007 saw the first Twenty20 tournament being played. Called MAAZA Twenty20 Cup, this was a vital new initiative for the players and spectators. Currently we have 2,400 active cricketers spread at 40 clubs in Denmark.
A part-time Development Officer (Mickey Lund was the first person to take on the post) has been employed in recent times to visit clubs and schools around the country trying to get youngsters to play cricket. The Development Officer has set up a team of helpers and assistants, who work for the programme all over Denmark. Further development comes from the various initiatives run by the ICC Development Programme, including playing in the European U15, U17 and U19 tournaments every year against the Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland, Guernsey and Jersey. DCF arranges coaching and umpiring courses every year and works closely with the ICC Europe office in this regard.
Denmark had quite a stable league of women's cricket in the 1980s and 1990s when the national team played about 40 international matches. However, the number of women cricketers has dwindled and the DCF is currently trying to set up women's cricket in Denmark again. This responsibility lies with the development program officer.