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The Magazine: European Country Profiles
Romania
The game resumed in the early part of the 21st century after a wave of immigration from the subcontinent and other traditional cricket playing countries.
Greece
The beautiful island of Corfu has been the main centre of Greek cricket since about 1820.
Luxembourg
Cricket in Luxembourg began when the UK joined the European Community in 1973.
Denmark
1989 saw Denmark beat the The Netherlands away from home for the first time, winning by 33 runs.
Norway
The first club, Oslo Cricket Club, now known as Sentrum CC, was founded in 1972. By 2008 Norway was playing in European Division 1.
Czech Republic
They played a series against Austria in 2006, toured Wales in 2008, and made their ICC Europe tournament debut in the Division Five tournament in 2009.
Cyprus
Cyprus played their first ICC Europe competition in 2006 when they participated in the Division 4 Championships.
Jersey
Jersey's international profile has risen dramatically since becoming an Associate member of ICC in 2005.
Germany
Germany has featured in five World Cricket League events, finishing seventh in WCL5 in 2008, and fifth in 2017.
Croatia
Cricket began in 1819; in 2019 Croatia was suspended by the ICC for non-compliance.
Estonia
The main ground in Estonia is The Hippodrome which is located in the centre of Tallinn’s racecourse.
Portugal
British merchants formed the Oporto Cricket Club in 1855, the Lisbon club was formed in 1860.
Gibraltar
The first cricket match against an overseas team occurred as a result of a three ship collision in the harbour.
Slovenia
Cricket was started in Slovenia in a small town near the Austrian border in 1974 by 13 year old Borut Cegovnik.
Guernsey
Guernsey was granted Affiliate status by ICC in 2005 and the following year made their debut in European Division 2.
Bulgaria
Bulgaria are currently 69th in the ICC T20 rankings, with their highest position having been 52nd.
Israel
The first recorded match in the new country took place in 1956 at Tel-Hashomer, between Tel Aviv and Be’erSheva.
Belgium
In 1905 Belgium met The Netherlands in the first of what became a regular series of internationals.
Iceland
Despite not being an ICC member, Icelandic cricket has developed something of a cult following and can boast the world's most northerly ground.
Austria
In 1996 a national cricket centre was opened in Seebarn, 20 kilometres north of Vienna.
Isle of Man
The Isle of Man Cricket Association was formed in 1930 as an affiliate member of Lancashire County Cricket Club.
Switzerland
Unsurprisingly, Switzerland is home to one of Europe's most scenic cricket grounds.
Finland
Cricket was first played as a demonstration sport during the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki.
Spain
From the Peninsular War to European Division 1, Spanish cricket has a long history.
France
French cricket holds a unique place in the history of the game for a number of reasons.
Italy
By 1984 the clubs of Capanelle, Lazio and Roma had been formed in Rome. The dominant and influential figure of Simone Gambino became President in 1986.
Sweden
Sweden recently appointed former South African Test player Jonty Rhodes as Head Coach.
Malta
Many of the early matches were played on the Floriana Parade Ground, adjacent to Valletta's city walls.
Turkey
Cricket restarted in the mid-1990s when students at the Middle Eastern Technical University in Ankara formed a club.
World Cup League 2
Namibia beat Scotland by 3 wickets.
Windhoek, 5 December.
Scotland 208 (50 overs; B McMullen 56, G Munsey 51; R Trumpelmann 4-73)
Namibia 210-7 (44 overs; JN Loftie-Eaton 67*, P Ya France 52*; M Watt 328)

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