Cricketers conquer Mount Kilimanjaro to set world record

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They finally did it! The charity fundraising climbers have completed their task to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and play a game of cricket to raise funds for three different charities.

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New record

In doing so the climbers set a world record for the highest game of cricket ever played. They reached a height of 5,730m (18,799 ft) which beat the previous record of 5,165m, played in the Himalayas at Everest base camp in Nepal in 2009.

Those who helped to achieve such a feat were ex-England spinner Ashley Giles and former South African opening bowler Makhaya Ntini. Also on board were Heather Knight (England vice-captain) and Clare Connor (head of women's ECB and one of the longest ever serving England captains).

The idea was first thought up over a beer by David Harper, a serial fundraiser, avid cricket fan and one of the leading hotel real estate consultants in the world.

The game itself took part in a dormant volcano but was abandoned after clouds rolled in and made viewing Impossible for the players. Originally the game was going to be a Twenty20 match but unfortunately only ten overs each were possible.

Convincing win

Heather Knight's team, nicknamed 'The Gorillas' scored 82-5 in their innings and Ashley Giles' 'Rhinos' team could only muster 64-9 in reply.

Giles summed up the experience in a tweet just after the game took place, when he said: "Unbelievable experience in the slips at the top of Kilimanjaro! #DonateDonateDonate"

The fundraisers were raising money for three different charities - Cancer Research UK, The Rwandan Cricket Stadium Foundation and Tusk.

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