Weekend Witness - - Sport -

KIL­I­MAN­JARO — A group of in­ter­na­tional crick­eters yes­ter­day set a new record for the high­est­ever match with a lung bust­ing e ffort at the t op o f Kil­i­man­jar o.

The t eams, in­clud­ing English bo wl­ing legend Ashl ey Gil es and South A frican icon Makha ya Ntini tr ekked t o the r oof of Africa be­fore dawn and played 10 overs each o f a T wenty20 g ame be fore cl oud stopped pl ay.

The game was played at 5 730 me­tres, in the flat crater just be­low Kil­i­man­jaro’s 5 895­me­tre sum­mit. The cur­rent record for the world’s high­est game is 5 165 me­tres, pl ayed in the Hi­mal ayas at E ver­est base c amp in Nep al in 2009 .

“It was great fun, worth com­ing all this way e ven if I didn ’t s tay l ong in the crease,” said Steven Smith (22) who was bowled out f or a duck.

“It was such hard work breath­ing and run­ning at this al ti­tude, but s ome­thing like this only hap­pens once in a lif etime.”

The fi­nal score was a win­ning 82­5 for the “Go­ril­las” team, led by Eng­land women’s vic e­cap­tain He ather K night, against 64­9 f or the “Rhino s” t eam l ed by Gil es.

The mat ch, pl ayed on a pl as­tic mat for the wick et o ver the ash and in thin, freez­ing air sur­rounded by vast blocks of ice, is ex­pected to qual­ify as a new world record, as un­der T wenty20 r ules a min­i­mum of fiv e overs per t eam con­sti­tutes a mat ch. — Sap a­AFP.

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