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The game of cricket has been played on the Rock of Gibraltar since the late 18th century. Initially played by British Servicemen, it was not long before some of the local inhabitants took up the game. It is recorded that by the year 1800, there was a cricket ground on the land immediately to the north of the Rock, and that by 1822, there were civilians playing the game as well as Servicemen. The Gibraltar Cricket Club was established in 1883 and it was to form the backbone of civilian cricket on the Rock well into the 20th century.
By the 1930s, Gibraltar was producing many local-born cricketers and the game flourished. The occasional touring side came along, but this was hardly a regular feature. During the Second World War, the game came to a temporary halt and the playing fields at the North Front disappeared to make way for the construction of an airfield. After the war, the Gibraltar Cricket Club was given a site adjacent to the airfield, the location of the present-day Victoria Stadium.
The 1950s saw an increase of civilian cricketers and the emergence of other non-service cricket clubs. In May 1960, the Gibraltar Cricket Association was formed to be responsible for the running of civilian cricket on the Rock. In 1969, the Association achieved full recognition as a cricketing body when elected an Associate Member of the International Cricket Council. Visits from UK sides then became a regular feature of the cricketing calendar and this continues to this day.
Gibraltar took part in ICC Trophy Competitions between 1982 and 2001, as well as in all the ICC European Championships from 1996 to the present day. Results against much stronger opposition were hard to come by but Gibraltar was always determined to do its best. The crop of cricketers playing at the turn of the last century were the most successful to date, winning ICC European Championship Division Two in 2000 and 2002.
More recently Gibraltar finished third and out of the qualifying positions for World Cricket League Division 8 and will compete in the European Division One T20s in 2013.
Domestic Cricket offers a great deal of variety for participants in Gibraltar. Weekend cricket gives the established clubs the opportunity to compete for trophies in both the 40 and 20 over format while a two tier league of midweek sides compete on a nightly basis for league and cup honours. The latest emergence in Gibraltar though is the of the Gibraltar Premier League (GPL) that launched in 2013 and see's a franchise based system in which see's the nations top talented players drafted by the teams to compete in a T20 tournament in both day and night matches.
Youth Development is a key part of Gibraltar's key aims to grow the game. Gibraltar Cricket's Strategic Plan entitled 'Building The Base' has a particular focus on ensuring the number of participants learning and enjoying cricket grows year on year.
Cricket is played in every school in the country with Gibraltar Cricket both delivering in school sessions along with ensuring the country's PE teacher network is sufficiently skilled to continue to deliver a consistent coaching method.
Women and Girls' Cricket
This continues to be an ever expanding part of the game in Gibraltar with girls cricket being one of the major sports played within the senior school curriculum. The past few years have seen increasingly competitive girls team represent Gibraltar in tournaments against county and country counterparts in the UK whilst the womens team have travelled to Holland and Germany over the past few years competing against international opposition.