Federação Portuguesa de Cricket
CRICKET IN PORTUGAL
Cricket first became established alongside British involvement in the port wine trade. There has been a club in Porto since 1855 and they have been playing the Kendall Cup against a team from Lisbon for over 150 years. The sport remains concentrated in those two cities and the area in between although it has previously also been played down south in the Algarve. The team competed regularly in multilateral European competitions around the turn of the century. They won the European Cricket Federation Nations Cup at the first attempt in 1995, and the European Affiliates Championship in 2001. Over the same period, they had notable success in the European Indoor Championships cricket, with three tournament wins. After a few fallow years they are now also competing outdoors again, notching victories over Cyprus in the qualifying competition for the 2020 T20 World Cup, and two T20I wins v Gibraltar in the recently resurrected Iberia Cup.
First men’s international match: 1995 Major international victories: 1995 European Cricket Federation Nations Cup winners European Nations Cup vs. Greece by 266 runs, Zuoz, Switzerland 18 August 1997 vs. Cyprus by 5 wkts, Deventer, 2 September 2018 T20Is: vs. Gibraltar by 6 wkts, La Manga 26 October 2019 vs. Gibraltar by 4 wkts, La Manga, 27 October 2019 Leading men’s international players: Paulo Buccimazza, Najam Shahzad World Cricket League / World Cup history: N/A
Cartaxo, Santarém Oporto CC, Porto