New record set on Kilimanjaro for the world’s highest cricket match

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New record set on Kilimanjaro for the world’s highest cricket match

English newspapers have been full of this story for the past few days so I thought I’d share it with the rest of the world. Earlier this month a group of cricketers managed to complete a ten-over game of cricket in the crater of Kilimanjaro at 5,730m (18,799 ft), thereby beating the previous record for the highest ever game of cricket.

According to reports, The Gorillas” team, led by England women’s vice-captain Heather Knight, scored 82-5 to beat an XI led by former England spinner Ashley Giles’ and named the Rhinos, who managed just 64-9. However, only ten overs a side were managed before the weather closed in and, in true English fashion, stopped play.

Also amongst the stars playing was South African pace bowler Makhaya Ntini.

The previous record was held by a game played in Nepal at 5165m back in 2009.

About the Author:

I am a little obsessed with Mount Kilimanjaro. Since writing the first edition of the Kilimanjaro guide in 2001 I have climbed the mountain more than 30 times and occasionally leads treks up the mountain myself. And when I'm not in Tanzania researaching for the next edition of the guide (the fifth edition was published in 2018), I can be found living near Hastings, England, updating this website (which was first published in 2006), writing about the national trails of England, answering Kili-related emails and putting on weight. Friends describe me as living proof that virtually anybody can climb Kilimanjaro.