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Physical Address: Slovenian Cricket Association Zadruzna 15, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia
Main switchboard + 386 41 748 444
General enquiry email: mark_oman@hotmail.com
Website: www.cricketslovenia.com

History

In 1974, a young boy from Mezica, Borut Cegovnik, fell in love with the game of Cricket, whilst studying English in Birchington, Kent. With his pocket money he bought some stumps, a bat and a ball and took them back to Slovenia so he could play cricket with his friends. This group of boys went on to form the current Mezica Cricket Club.

Ljubljana CC was established in 1997 by a group of expats and Slovenes and the first Slovenian national team competed in Vienna in the European Representative tournament in 2000. After seeing Ljubljana Cricket club on a local TV program, the boys from Mezica were reunited and established the Mezica Cricket Club which now has a permanent ground and clubhouse. In 2005, Skofja Loka Cricket Club and Bela Krajina were formed as well as The Slovenian Cricket Association. In 2007 the British embassy promoted cricket at a fair in Maribor and soon after a group of cricket enthusiasts started to play, and eventually form the Maribor Cricket Club after. 2008 saw the formation of the second cricket club in Ljubljana, Zabarji Cricket Club. 2009 saw the formation of two news clubs, Majsperk and Ptuj, in the North Eastern part of Slovenia. 2011 saw another new club, Prevalje.

Since 2003, more than 5000 children have been taught cricket in junior schools throughout Slovenia. In 2009, The University of Sport in Ljubljana in conjunction with the Slovenian Cricket Association introduced cricket as a 3 month module to students of sport. Most of these students that graduate become sports teachers so the module gives them the skills required to teach cricket in schools.

International Competition

Slovenia joined the ICC as a prospective member in 2000 and gained Affiliate membership in 2005. Slovenia has competed in seven international competitions (Vienna 2000, Zagreb 2002, Ljubljana 2004, Belgium 2006, Cyprus 2009, Slovenia 2011 and recently in Estonia 2012). Slovenia successfully hosted the ICC European Representative Championship in 2004. In 2006, Slovenia played the first-ever International Twenty20 match in Europe against Finland in Antwerp. In 2011, Slovenia hosted the Division 3 ICC European Championships and represented itself well finishing 3rd in the competition with one of its players, Mark Oman named as player of the tournament.

There is a good group of youngsters developing and so it is expected that the sport will go from strength to strength in the future, especially once the planned National Centre of Cricketing Excellence is created.

Domestic Competition

The most important domestic competitions are the Slovenian National Championships (a six-team Slovene-only tournament held over four months), the Harvey Norman National Cup (a T20 tournament for all 9 Slovene teams) and the Harvey Norman Primary School Championships (held for the last nine years and won by various primary schools). In addition to this, Ljubljana Cricket Club has competed in the Austrian Open League since 2000.

Development program

The most important development program is the junior program with many schools being visited by volunteers from Ljubljana Cricket Club and others introducing cricket to primary school children. Where it has been particularly well-received, regular coaching is organized with the school eventually competing in inter-school competitions. The Slovenian Cricket Association has recently built practice nets in the grounds of one of the schools that play in the schools tournament so to further promote the game of cricket in Slovenia.