Twenty-Twenty Cricket Match at the base of Everest

British cricket enthusiasts have taken the game to new heights, playing a match near the base camp of the world's tallest peak, Mount Everest. The mission, named ‘The Everest Test’, was an 18 day trekking mission to the Himalayas, The members left London on 9 April 2009, then trekked for 10 days to Gorak Shep, a plateau 5,165 metres above sea level near the Everest base camp.

In the process, the two teams named Hillary and Tenzing (after New Zealand's Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who became the first to climb 8,850 metre Mount Everest in May 1953.)-- created world records for the Highest game of cricket ever played and the highest altitude ever recorded for a field sport.

Electing to bat first, Team Hillary posted 152 for five in their 20 overs with David Kirtley top scoring with 45. In reply, Team Tenzing were shot out 116 to lose by 36 runs with Man of the Match Charlie Campbell claiming three for 23.

Richard Kirtley, the expedition leader, had said playing cricket at that altitude was difficult. "If you run between wickets you are going to be tired. So I am looking to hit boundaries," Kirtley said before leaving for the mountain earlier this month.

A jeraboam of Champagne Mumm was cracked open in true winning style by the two captains and both teams retired to the teahouse to celebrate their world record victory. "It has been truly one of the most memorable experiences of my life, I can not thank all of the people involved enough. From Kirt and Wes to the medics and the Sherpas, thank you for making this record attempt a world record," Team Hillary captain Lowis said. The group of 50 included 22 players, reserves, medics and groundsmen.

Organisers expect to raise 200,000 pounds for two charities -- The Lord's Taverners and The Himalayan Trust UK. The Lord's Taverners is dedicated to promoting cricket among youth while The Himalayan Trust UK supports social development projects in the area where Mount Everest is located.

More than 3,000 people, among them a 16-year-old boy, a 76-year-old man, a man with artificial limb and a blind person, have climbed Mount Everest since 1953.

Courtesy: rediff

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