Good News for Cricket Lovers:-
Guatemala will host its first international cricket game on May 5 at 9.00 am at the Antigua International School grounds in the Hotel El Cortijo, Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepéquez.
The GCC (Guatemala Cricket Club), a team comprising of Guatemalans, English and Indian players will contest the Easter Cup against their opponents from El Salvador.
During Semana Santa, the GCC travelled to San Salvador and in their first international tournament won both games to give them a huge advantage going into these winner-takes-all games.
The GCC, founded by 22-year-old Luke Humphries in February Protected content , aims to bring cricket to Guatemala.
Humphries said, “The two games in El Salvador were close. Whatever your knowledge of cricket, these should be exciting games.”
Two games will be played, both in a 20/20 format where each side gets to bat and bowl for 20, six-ball overs. The winning side is the one that scores the most runs in that time or if they bowl the opposition out before they reach the target.
Cricket was first played in southern England in the 16th Century and by the 18th Century was the country’s national sport. Its popularity spread amongst English colonies, especially India, Australia, South Africa and in the Caribbean. It rivals football for the most popular sport in England and is India’s national sport.
A professional cricket game can last anywhere from 20 six-ball overs a side, which generally takes two-three hours through to test matches that last five days. It was only in the Protected content that test matches were restricted by time, prior to that they were timeless.
If you require more information or interviews on the day please contact Luke Humphries on x or Nicholas Wirtz on Protected content .
All donations gratefully accepted, they will be put towards an outreach program to teach young Guatemalans how to play cricket.