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Denmark
Flag of Denmark
Flag of Denmark
ICC membership granted 1966
ICC member status Associate member
ICC development region Europe
World Cricket League division Two
European Cricket Championship division One
Captain Frederik Klokker
Coach
First recorded match 1954 v Oxford University Cricket Club
List A cricket
List A matches played 18
List A wins/losses 4/13
ICC World Cup Qualifier
Appearances 7 (First in 1979)
Best result 3rd place, 1986
As of 19 July 2007

The Denmark national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Denmark in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1966[1] and are currently part of the ICC's High Performance Program.[2]

Contents

History

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Beginnings

Cricket has been played in Denmark since the mid 19th century, with the first club being formed in 1865 by English railway engineers. The first organised match was played the following year between two teams of English players, with the first matches involving Danish players taking place in 1866. The game expanded greatly over the following twenty years, with 30 new clubs being formed in 1883.[3]

Several touring sides from England and Scotland visited the country in the early part of the 20th century, including the famous Marylebone Cricket Club. In 1933, an attempt to organise the first international match against the Netherlands failed, and it wasn't until 1954 when the Danish national side played their first match against Oxford University, the year after the current Danish Cricket Federation was formed.[3]

They then began to play against other national sides, primarily the Netherlands, who they first played in 1955. They played their first match against Scotland in 1961.[3]

ICC Membership

Denmark became an associate member of the ICC in 1966,[1] drawing their international against Scotland that year. They played Bermuda for the first time in 1969 and drew their first match against Ireland in 1970. They finally picked up their first international win against the Netherlands in 1972.[3]

They played their first matches against Canada in 1974, losing a three-day match but winning the limited overs match. They played home internationals against East Africa and Sri Lanka, beating East Africa. They toured East Africa the following year, drawing with both East Africa and Kenya.[3]

They took part in the first ICC Trophy in 1979, reaching the semi final where they lost to Sri Lanka.[4] They did not take part in the 1982 tournament.[5] In 1983, Ole Mortensen became the first Danish player to play county cricket.[3] Denmark returned to the ICC Trophy in 1986 and finished third after beating Bermuda in the third place play off.[6]

In 1989, Denmark hosted Australia for two one-day matches. They lost the first match in Brøndby by 45 runs[7] and lost the second in Copenhagen by 54 runs.[8] They fared better at home against Canada that year, winning twice against them. After playing both home and away against Bangladesh in 1990,[3] they played in the ICC Trophy, reaching the second round.[9]

Denmark again played in the ICC Trophy in 1994, finishing tenth in the tournament after losing to Namibia in the plate final.[10] They played their first matches against France in 1995, and hosted the first European Cricket Championship in 1996,[3] finishing third.[11] They finished fifth in the following years ICC Trophy[12] and were runners up in the European Championship in 1998.[13]

In 1999, Denmark took part in the C & G Trophy for the first time.[3] The following year, they took part in the ICC Emerging Nations Tournament in Zimbabwe, where they finished fourth,[14] and the European Championship, where they finished last, without winning a game.[15] The following year, they took part in the ICC Trophy in Canada, finishing eighth.[16] The MCC toured Denmark in 2002, and Denmark won all three matches.[3] They won just one match at that year's European Championship, finishing fifth ahead of Italy.[17]

Present day

The Netherlands visited Denmark in 2003, winning both matches. Denmark played a two match series against Ireland later in the year, losing both matches and missing out on qualification for the ICC Intercontinental Cup.[3] They again finished last in the European Championship the following year.[18] In 2005, they played their final match in the C & G Trophy, losing heavily to Northamptonshire before taking part in the 2005 ICC Trophy, where they again finished eighth.[19]

In 2006, Denmark again took part in the European Championship, finishing fourth after winning only against Italy.[20] At the end of that year, it was announced that they would join the ICC's High Performance Program from 1 April 2007.[2]

In August 2007, Denmark registered a win over Bermuda an ODI playing country, and towards the end of October 2007 they played in Kenya against domestic teams and Kenya A. Denmark led by Freddie Klokker who scored consecutive centuries in all their matches clean swept the Kenyan sides and Kenya A. Denmark bowled, batted and fielded exceptionally well.

Tournament history

World Cricket League

ICC 6 Nations Challenge

  • 2000: 4th place[14]
  • 2002: Did not participate[22]
  • 2004: Did not participate[23]

ICC Trophy

European Championship

  • 1996: 3rd place[11]
  • 1998: Runners up[13]
  • 2000: 6th place (Division One)[15]
  • 2002: 5th place (Division One)[17]
  • 2004: 5th place (Division One)[18]
  • 2006: 4th place (Division One)[20]
  • 2008: 3rd place (Division One)[24]

The future

In July 2007, Denmark will play Ireland A in two one-day matches,[25] and the following month will play Bermuda in a further two one-day matches.[26] Later in the year, they will travel to Windhoek, Namibia to take part in Division Two of the World Cricket League where they will play against Argentina, Oman, the UAE and Uganda in addition to hosts Namibia.[27]

Players

Current squad

The following table lists the 16 players in Denmarks's squad for the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier.[28]
Name Age Batting Style Bowling Style ODI matches FC matches Notes
Batsmen
Mickey Lund 37 RHB LB
Max Overgaard 31 RHB RM Occasional wicketkeeper
Carsten Pedersen 32 RHB OB
Michael Pedersen 23 LHB OB
Rizwan Mahmood 20 RHB
Soren Vestergaard 37 RHB RF
All-rounders
Henrik Hansen (cricketer) 32 RHB RF
Lars Hedegaard† 34 RHB RM
Wicket-keepers
Freddie Klokker 26 LHB 7 Captain, plays for Derbyshire County Cricket Club
Bowlers
Morten Hedegaard 37 RHB RFM
Bashir Shah 26 RHB OB
David Borchersen 31 RHB RM
Bobby Chawla 27 RHB LB
Thomas Hansen (cricketer) 33 RHB LFM 4 Former Hampshire County Cricket Club player
Rohit Kanaiya 36 RHB RM
Jacob Larsen 30 LHB RM

† Lars Hedegaard later withdrawn.

Other players

The following Danish players have played first-class or List A cricket for teams other than Denmark:[29]

Records

ICC Trophy

See also

External links

References

  1. ^ a b Denmark at Cricket Archive
  2. ^ a b Denmark added to ICC High Performance Program, ICC Europe Media Release, 20 December 2006 at European Cricket Council
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k A Timeline of Danish Cricket at CricketEurope
  4. ^ a b 1979 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  5. ^ a b 1982 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  6. ^ a b Scorecard of Bermuda v Denmark, 4 July 1986 at Cricket Archive
  7. ^ Scorecard of Denmark v Australia, 5 September 1989 at Cricket Archive
  8. ^ Scorecard of Denmark v Australia, 6 September 1989 at Cricket Archive
  9. ^ a b 1990 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  10. ^ a b Scorecard of Denmark v Namibia, 1 March 1994 at Cricket Archive
  11. ^ a b 1996 European Championship at CricketEurope
  12. ^ a b Scorecard of Denmark v Netherlands, 5 April 1997 at Cricket Archive
  13. ^ a b 1998 European Championship at CricketEurope
  14. ^ a b ICC Emerging Nations Tournament at CricketEurope
  15. ^ a b 2000 European Championship at CricketEurope
  16. ^ a b 2001 ICC Trophy points table at Cricket Archive
  17. ^ a b Official site of the 2002 European Championship
  18. ^ a b 2004 European Championship at CricketEurope
  19. ^ a b Scorecard of Denmark v Namibia, 11 July 2005 at Cricket Archive
  20. ^ a b 2006 European Championship at CricketEurope
  21. ^ http://icc-cricket.yahoo.com/wcl/homepage.html ICC-Cricket, retrieved 21 July 2008
  22. ^ 2002 ICC 6 Nations Tournament at CricketEurope
  23. ^ 2004 ICC 6 Nations Tournament at CricketEurope
  24. ^ [1] Cricinfo, Accessed 20 August 2008
  25. ^ Irish give Connell a chance by Ian Callender, 16 July 2007 at CricketEurope
  26. ^ Bermuda touring squad announced by Andrew Nixon, 16 July 2007 at CricketEurope
  27. ^ Uganda lift Division Three title by Andrew Nixon, 2 June 2007 at CricketEurope
  28. ^ Denmark squad, Cricinfo.com   Retrieved on 4 May 2009.
  29. ^ Denmark players at Cricket Archive
  30. ^ Denmark totals of 200 and more in an innings in the ICC Trophy at Cricket Archive
  31. ^ Individual scores of 100 and more in an innings for Denmark in the ICC Trophy at Cricket Archive
  32. ^ Five or more wickets in an innings for Denmark in the ICC Trophy at Cricket Archive

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