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Match report

On 26th September, a thirty-strong group of enthusiasts broke the world record for the highest-ever cricket match, played at 5,752m near the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Part of the Mt Kili Madness charity project, the two teams had planned to play a T20 match in the crater of Africa's highest mountain, before the imminent threat of inclement weather forced umpires to cut the game short to ten-overs per side.

The teams included former England coach Ashley Giles, former South African cricketer Makhaya Ntini, former England women's captain Clare Connor OBE, and current women's vice-captain Heather Knight.

Ntini said: "This was one of the biggest challenges of my career. I've played cricket all over the world, but never in such a strange place!"

Mt Kili Madness aims to raise over £200,000 for Cancer Research UK, Tusk, and The Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation.

The cricketers smashed the previous world record - set on Mt Everest in 2009 - by over 600m. The group spent one week hiking and climbing Kilimanjaro, battling altitude sickness and temperatures as low as -20C to play in the match.

Mt Kili Madness founder David Harper said: "The oxygen is incredibly thin when you reach such high altitudes, and players were panting harder than in any cricket match I've ever seen. This will go down in sporting history."

As for the match itself, Knight's 'Gorillas' team scored 82/5, beating Giles and his 'Rhinos' team by 18 runs. As per cricketing tradition, all players wore full whites, albeit with several layers underneath.

The highest game of cricket was played on Kilimanjaro on 26th September 2014.

The Gorilla’s led by England Vice Captain Heather Knight defeated the Rhino’s led by Ashley Giles. 

Congratulations to all!!!

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Quotes from cricketing greats about Mt. Kili Madness

“This is an immense challenge. I hope everyone involved with Mt Kili Madness enjoys the adventure, forms some lasting friendships and is successful in raising thousands of pounds for these three great causes...And don’t forget to take some spare match balls, especially for when Gilo is bowling!”

Nasser Hussain OBE

“I've not climbed Kilimanjaro since I was five and on my way home to the UK after an early upbringing in Tanganyika. To be fair we drove half way up and had a brief stroll to admire the view. I am very jealous of those making the trip this time but equally relieved that I don't have to do the climb. However the least I can do is wish them all well - they must be daft, the lot of them. It's taking cricket to ridiculous heights!"

David Gower OBE

"I wish everyone involved the best of luck for Mt Kili Madness. I hope you all raise lots of money for your three wonderful causes. I will be following your progress the whole way, especially Clare and Heather. Clare, I hope the Big Toe survives, and Heather, I hope the wonky donkey isn't too wonky at the top!!"

Charlotte Edwards CBE

"I would like to wish Clare, Heather, Ashley and Makhaya the best of luck in their quest to play a game of cricket at the summit of Kilimanjaro. Of course, they are embarking on this journey in aid of three very special charities in Cancer Research UK, The Rwandan Cricket Stadium Foundation and Tusk. I hope that people support their efforts generously.  Best Wishes"

P.S. I think the bowlers may struggle!!!

Andrew Strauss

"All of us in the TMS team are deeply in awe of Clare, Heather and their team of cricketers. Climbing up the highest mountain in Africa to set up stumps, unpack the cucumber sandwiches and play the highest ever game of cricket will be a truly remarkable achievement and experience. We wish everyone a safe return and hope they manage to raise a bagful of money for these excellent charities."

Jonathan Agnew

"To Nishant, Makhaya and the boys and girls! Best of luck for your game up on the mountain and sorry I can't make it! Missed my chance to get high I guess!"

Dale Steyn