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History

Lima Cricket and Football Club was founded in 1859 and cricket has been played in Lima ever since. Peru’s first international match was against Sir Pelham Warner's MCC side on its way back from Australia via Chile and Peru in 1927. The former England captain, Freddie Brown, was born in Lima and his father took five wickets against the MCC.

Domestic cricket expanded in the 60s and 70s, largely based on workers from British textile firms. As well as local competition, tours were arranged across South America, and teams welcomed to Lima from several countries.

After a slowdown in the 1980s, Peruvian cricket enjoyed a resurgence in the 90s, with short, concentrated domestic seasons. The first South American Cricket Championship took place in December 1995, featuring Argentina, Peru, Brazil and Chile, and Peru hosted the event in 1999, 2007 and 2014.

Following a reorganization of domestic cricket and a formalization of the governing body, Cricket Peru was granted ICC Affiliate status in 2006. Since then, the sport has enjoyed steady, sustainable growth. Both youth and women’s cricket programmes have been introduced, while the men’s league continues to expand and improve.

International competition

The ‘Llamas’ have competed at every South American Championships bar one, enjoying competitive cricket, if not always success.

ICC Affiliate membership saw the national team compete in the ICC Div III tournament in Argentina in 2008, where the side recorded its first ever official international victory, overcoming Brazil in Buenos Aires. Peru then competed in Chile in 2009, before finishing as runners up in the Div IV competition held in Costa Rica two years later. 

Recent years have seen the introduction of bilateral international tours. These include the hotly contested Copa de Amistad, where each year, Brazil and Peru do battle over a series of games – the winners taking home a prized metal thermos flask, and the losers a rusty foldup spork.

Alongside Argentina, Brazil and Chile, Peru is also a founder member of Cricket South America.

Domestic competition

The men’s domestic season is structured around a competitive five-team league, divided between Apertura and Clausura tournaments. The former has been won by each team over the last six years, while the LCFC side has taken the Clausura title for the last five years consecutively. The league is set to grow to six sides for 2015, and to seven by 2016.

Alongside these competitions, a number of modified-format games are organized to maximize participation, and offer newcomers an enjoyable introduction to the sport. 

First organized in 2013 and now a firm part of the calendar, the Indian Ambassadors’ Cup acts as the season curtain-raiser in December. The one-day competition sees teams representing the British, Australian, South African and Indian embassies clash in a T10 format. Each country’s ambassador must both open the bowling and the batting – and there is no diplomatic immunity in the middle…

Development programme

Cricket Peru provides coaching and training resources to four schools on three artificial practice pitches. Twice-weekly workshops are also held at Lima Cricket and Football Club for children from schools not yet part of the school cricket programme. Throughout the year regular matches are played between school teams at Cambridge College as part of the Lima Inter-Schools Trophy.

Plans are currently underfoot to expand cricket into additional Peruvian schools. This expansion should also result in greater competition for places in the national under 13 and other age-group sides. Peru recently won the U13 South American Championship, and it is hoped that this international success will act as a development catalyst at all levels. 

Following a series of training events, Peru now has around 10 ICC level one umpires to officiate adult and youth games, and pass their knowledge on to newcomers to the sport. There are three level one coaches, as well as two newly qualified coaching tutors – it is hoped the latter in particular will make a big impact in the spread of cricket outside of the expat community and into Peruvian schools. 

Women's cricket

In 2011 Peru’s first ever women’s team was put together to compete in the Women’s South American Championship held in Brasilia. Fired with enthusiasm, if not a great deal of experience, ‘The Vicuñas’ competed against teams from Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

With Peru’s hosting of both the Men’s and Women’s South American Championships in 2014, the Vicuñas once again competed at international level. Though defeated, the players acquitted themselves credibly and forged strong ties with the other two teams. 

The Vicuñas train twice a week and actively advertise for new members. Girls cricket is also being developed in schools in Lima.