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THE SPANISH CRICKET ASSOCIATION

During the Annual 1987 November Festival, a “Steering Committee Meeting” was convened on Wednesday 25th  November for the Official Formation of the Spanish Cricket Association (now known as Asociacion Española de Cricket; A.E.C).

Upcoming League Games

June 27-28 : Home, Cartama Oval Cds vs CDS

Aug 09 @ 7am: Away, Field #4  -versus-  SJ Extras

Aug 16 @ 11am: Home, Field #1  -versus-  MTV Blooms

 

Aug 02 @ 2pm: Home, Field #2  -vs-  SF Monarchs

Aug 09 @ 7am: Away, Field #4  -vs-  SJ Extras

Aug 16 @ 11am: Home, Field #1  -vs-  MTV Blooms

Aug 23 @ 2pm: Home, Field #3  -vs-  SF Leads

History

On the day, a first “All Spanish Clubs X1” took part with players selected from Malaga, Madrid and Ibiza. The initial work for the A.E.C´s Constitution and formation is accredited to Greg Gomez, who reached out and pulled together all the known Cricketing activity scattered throughout Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Ibiza and Menorca.
Also in 1987 Mijas CC, Nerja CC and Sotogrande CC were formed, Mijas CC taking over Fuengirola, including new members from the Mijas area. Sotogrande CC expanding from Combined Colleges CC.
In that year, Sotogrande CC became the first Club to have a recognised Cricket Ground, due to the generosity of Mr. Ian Bateman, a landowner, who made the ground available. Mr. Gordon Samuel and his Costa del Sol CC, became the second Club to secure a Cricket Ground when Mr. Samuel negotiated the laying down of a concrete strip at the Torremolinos Beach Club Hotel, turning that ground from football into cricket.

History of Cricket in Costa del sol

In 1988 the two festivals (Gordon Samuels Costa Del Sol CC’s April week with the East Anglians and Greg Gomez’s Celebrity November week (with Mike Blumberg´s Cricket World Magazine X1) were still going strong and were to last for a period of 10 years; the MCA and
Clubs were also entertaining many visiting teams. And the MCA league was now attracting Five teams. In 1989 Combined Colleges CC (MCA Champions in 1987,1988, 1989 and 1990) participated in the Gibraltar League, a first for Spanish Clubs, finishing second and then on to win the Gibraltar league in 1990, and joined by Sotogrande CC as the second Spanish Club to play in Gibraltar in that year.

1991 saw another Spanish team entering the Gibraltar league in the form of Mijas/Costa CC (a combination of Mijas CC and Costa del Sol CC), with Combined Colleges CC again Winners. 1992 also saw Combined Colleges emerge as winners of the Malaga league and “The Spanish Clubs Championship” making them the most successful Club in Spain, by virtue of having won every Trophy at stake.  This continued success was made possible due to the administration capabilities of Mr. Clive Woodbridge (who took over the reigns from Greg Gomez).

1992 saw the arrival of the Cartama Oval, provided by Mr. Mike Symons, and was described as the most picturesque ground in Europe. Visited by many overseas teams including the MCC, it looked as if Cricket had taken serious root. But the strains were being felt and the cracks were appearing. By 1993 Malaga had gained a new team in Marbella CC but lost the All Indian CC, keeping the
total at five teams. Marbella CC (who also had for a short time a ground in the Marbella area) kept the Malaga Flag flying by winning the Spanish Clubs Championships in 1994. With the losses of Mr. Gordon Samuel & Mr. Ian Smith (retiring), Mr. Chris Box-Grainger (ill health to UK), Mr. Greg Gomez (to Oil work in Scotland), and Mr. Clive Woodbridge (relocation to Alicante from the Malaga region cricket began the suffer. The Clubs were finding it increasingly difficult to put out full teams. The ground in Torremolinos was given up to a housing development.

The ground in Sotogrande was swallowed up by the new “Euro” Road construction programme and when in March 2000
the ground in Cartama was sold; Cricket in Malaga was now in crisis.

History of Cricket in Costa del sol

From 2000 and up until November 2003, no Cricket was played in Malaga. Under the organisation and efforts of Mr. Allan Dens, Mr. Mike Smyth, Mr. Fernando Shard and Mr. Steve White, a group of Cricketers formally from the original Clubs (Combined Colleges and Marbella CC) and some new recruits, kept the flame alight by playing in the Gibraltar League under the name of Malaga CC and Combined Colleges for 5 seasons.There was a lack of cricketing activity in the Malaga area up until 2012, when the owner of theCartama Oval, Mr. David Cooper was asked by friend Mr. Previn Menon to turn his farm into a ground that could be used by Combined Colleges Cricket Club from Marbella to host local Spanish and Touring teams to the area. A league was eventually organised to include 4 other local sides Fuengirola CC, Mijas CC,

Costa del Sol CC and Malaga CC which ran successfully for 2 years before it had to be withdrawn due to an apparent lack of numbers from almost all the sides. This reduction in players saw the teams merge into smaller numbers with the Costa del Sol Club making up the Crusaders and the Vikings teams while Malaga CC kept their squad largely together with Combined Colleges making up a fourth side with regular local fixtures played organised by Mr Egan Dantis – Fixtures Secretary and touring team fixtures through a local tour
operator and Mr. Jason Wild – Club President. It is a credit to these gentlemen that the Cricket flag still flies. The diversity of the club is one of its strengths. It has seen players from South Africans, New Zealanders, Australians, Malaysians, Sri Lankans, Indians, Pakistani’s, Bangladeshi’s British, Irish, Gibraltarians and many more besides all feature at the ground and with the social side of the game is still a big part of the day’s events the family atmosphere makes it a welcome place for people of all ages to enjoy a day’s cricket all year round

Want to Join The Club?

 If you are new to the area, or have been living here for years and want to play cricket then please get in contactLike all clubs, we need members to thrive so we make sure that new members of all ages and abilities are welcomed and encouraged to take part.

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