CRICKET STARS SET NE W RECORD AT KILIMANJ ARO
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.