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Norway is one of cricket's most northern outposts but the sport has a healthy and growing position in a nation of only 4.5 million people. Norwegian cricket was first organised by Asian immigrants in the 1960s and has grown to now having more than 30 adult clubs playing in the Norwegian Cricket Federation competitions.
Wider television coverage of cricket on Asian TV channels has encouraged youngsters to take up the sport but the main challenge is to get ethnic Norwegians involved with cricket, and summer football does not assist the cause. The development of U15 and U19 evening leagues has helped and it is encouraging that cricket has been added to the sports programme in several schools.
Another difficulty over the years has been to interest and educate the authorities to provide quality cricket grounds needed for safe cricket. This effort failed so the national association solved the problem by taking control of ground maintenance and using two part-time groundsmen. The improvement has been dramatic as they are cricketers and know what is required.
In June 2000, Norway gained entry to the ICC and the EEC as an Affiliate Member and in May 2007, cricket was confirmed as a recognised sport in Norway and the Norwegian Cricket Federation received full backing from the Norwegian Sports Council and Government departments.
Norway has performed successfully in international cricket, with its best success to date being the European Championship Division 2 Group B title in 2008, which earned it promotion to Division 1. Unfortunately, it failed to win any of its matches in the top flight, resulting in a return to Division 2 for the 2010 campaign in Guernsey. Its mid-table finish preserved its status for the next edition. Its bottom-place in 2009 Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6 means it will compete in WCL Division 7 in 2011.
There were six cricket grounds in Norway and 33 clubs playing in the 2009 season. They played in four divisions with promotion and relegation at the end of the season. The Norwegian Masters Cup is played by all clubs as a knockout competition and gives lesser clubs the chance to play against the top teams. Early rounds are 30-overs-a-side games leading to a 50-overs-a-side final.
With so much cricket being played, and more clubs on a waiting list, it is a never ending search for areas to build new pitches with regions being investigated including Stavanger, Kristiansand, Bergen and Trondheim. There is also a move to build a ground suitable for national teams games and funds for a sports pavilion and club house have already been allocated.