Congratulations to the 30 strong MT Kili Madness expedition team including team captains Heather Knight and Ashley Giles who this morning have reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and broke the record for cricket’s highest ever game that had been set in 2009 on the slopes of Mount Everest.
— Ashley Giles (@Gilo) September 26, 2014
The match was played just below the summit of the ‘Roof of Africa’ at a height of 18,799 feet. The teams, which included former internationals from England and South Africa, made a grueling eight-day trek up the extinct volcano in Tanzania. Their venture, dubbed Mt. Kili Madness, aims to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK, Tusk Trust (wildlife conservation) and to promote the sport in Rwanda via the Rwandan Cricket Stadium Foundation Project.
Flicx UK were delighted to support this amazing challenge by providing the pitch for the game which was carried up Africa’s highest mountain in 8 sections, each weighting 15kg before being pieced together at the top providing a great surface for the game. Previously Flicx had supplied the Everest team with their pitch too, so we can rightly claim to take cricket to places it has never been seen before!
— Stefan Smith (@StefanASmith) September 26, 2014
After returning to the UK the fundraising has continued, the latest event being a gala dinner hosted at Lord’s … and here is a little testimonial from the projects brainchild David Harper “As you may know our team at Mt Kili Madness managed to climb to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free standing mountain. Then we played the world’s highest ever game of cricket at 5,752m, and in November the people at Guinness World Records were kind enough to ratify the world record. The support we had from Flicx was immense, and quite frankly without their help we would have been unable to play, and as a direct result would have been unable to raise as much money as we did for the three charities, Cancer Research, Tusk, and RCSF. So I just need to say a massive thank you to Richard Beghin and his whole team for their support in making our adventure possible.”
Photo’s courtesy of AFP