Flicx Pitch hosts World Record Breaking Cricket game for Mt Kili Madness

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.

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! We look forward to the full match report shortly – the final score was tweeted a short time ago from the official twitter account. Please check out the website and get donating!

 

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Rain unlikely to stop play – Ashes winners to fight cancer, poaching and promote cricket in Rwanda with record-breaking Kilimanjaro game

Yesterday the Kia Oval saw the launch of a world record attempt on the highest ever game of cricket, up Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa, with teams to be captained by two Ashes winners: Ashley “King of Spain” Giles MBE – member of the legendary 2005 Ashes-winning England squad and Heather Knight, current England cricketer and Ashes winner.

At 5,785m this will be over 600m higher than the current world record set in 2009. Two teams will be raising money for Cancer Research UK, Tusk and the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation, with a target of £500,000.

Heather and Ashley will be joined by other cricketing greats, including Clare Connor OBE – former England cricket captain, 2005 Ashes winner and now head of England women’s cricket and former South African cricketer Makhaya Ntini. Enthusiastic amateurs will make up the rest of the two teams, headed up by David Harper, who came up with the idea for the whole event in classic British fashion – down the pub.

David said: “As I passed 40 it dawned on me the only way I was ever going to play cricket at the highest level was if I took a game to the top of a mountain.

“Playing at the top of Mt Kilimanjaro will bring a world record to Africa, raise significant sponsorship for three very worthwhile charities, and help raise awareness of the harm that poaching is doing to wildlife across the continent…as well as allowing me to indulge my fantasy of playing against some high quality international cricketers.”

Clare said: “We all need a focus in our lives, even more so when we are trying to cope with personal tragedy. Cancer devastated my family earlier this year so this is my focus for 2014. Cricket has already given me some of my most memorable moments, the highlight being regaining the Ashes in 2005, and I know that this will be up there with the very best of them. I love Africa, I love cricket, I love a challenge and I am so pleased to be able to combine everything that this trip has to offer in order to raise valuable funds for Cancer Research UK.”

Heather said: “I’m extremely excited to be involved in Mt Kili Madness. It’s set to be a very challenging, but amazing opportunity to raise some money for three great charities.

“After my visit to Rwanda earlier in the year, RCSF is a charity that has become close to my heart and to have the opportunity to climb the largest stand alone mountain in the world for RCSF along with two very deserving charities is a challenge I can’t wait to get stuck into.”

Ntini said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be taking part in Mt Kili Madness because although it will be a difficult personal challenge, the impact of cancer across society is so severe that we must do everything we can to try and stop it. This is a disease that is world-wide, ravaging not just South Africa but everywhere, and it is important that we all do everything we can to defeat it. For my part I am climbing up the highest mountain in Africa to play cricket, but for others it will just be about making a donation, raising awareness or just supporting a friend who is affected.”

To qualify for World Record status, the two teams must play a game of T20. Both teams will have to do so after a challenging seven-day climb, risking altitude sickness – a feat which 30% of climbers fail.

All donations will go directly to the charities and all costs associated with this event will be met by the players themselves or by corporate sponsors. The team are still searching for sponsors in addition to those who have been generous enough to sign up. This will be the charity event of the cricketing year and will raise the attention of media and the public alike.

Lisa Aubrey, senior management team, Cancer Research UK, said: “I am delighted that Mt Kili Madness have chosen to support the life-saving work of Cancer Research UK.  Participants will be putting themselves through a tough challenge and all their bravery, grit and determination will be help us to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress and see three quarters of people surviving the disease within the next 20 years and the support of Mt Kili Madness is helping us to make this a reality.”

Charlie Mayhew MBE, CEO, Tusk, said: “Mt Kili Madness will be a record breaking fundraising event and Tusk is enormously proud to be a beneficiary. We have great admiration for the 22 players that will be trekking to the crater on Mount Kilimanjaro to play cricket at an awe-inspiring altitude of 5,785m. The charity is incredibly thankful for the team’s determination and dedication to raise awareness and much needed funds for the poaching crisis currently engulfing Africa.”

Richard Beghin, managing director, Flicx UK, which is providing the portable cricket pitch for the event, said: “I started Flicx at the back end of Apartheid – so as to assist in creating a level playing field for young white and black cricketers – where they could play a game of cricket without prejudice, racial barriers – but more importantly on skill and the passion to win. “That was in 1998. Today we are very pleased to be involved with developing youngsters in Africa, but also more importantly raising money for three great causes.”

Alan Curr, holder of the current world record game  – at Everest base camp – author of Cricket on Everest, and head of junior cricket in Japan, said: “Well there goes my best conversation starter…I guess I will have to look for a new mountain to play on! But seriously if I am going to lose the world record then at least the fantastic causes that Mt Kili Madness are supporting will benefit.”

Cricket on top of the world - Everest Base Camp

Cricket on top of the world – Everest Base Camp

More people have been into space, or sailed single-handedly around the world without stopping than have managed to play a competitive game of cricket above 5,100m.

For interview and sponsorship opportunities, please contact David or Matt, details below.

Contacts:

Website

mtkilimadness.com

Social media

@kilimadness

facebook.com/mtkilimadness

Donations to: PLEASE INCLUDE IN COVERAGE – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/MtKiliMadness.

Key facts

  • Fundraising target: £500,000
  • Date of match: 27 September 2014
  • Location: Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa

The charities:

Cancer Research UK – cancerresearchuk.org

Our vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. In the 1970s, less than a quarter of people with cancer survived. But over the last 40 years, survival has doubled – today half will survive. Our ambition is to accelerate progress and see three-quarters of people surviving the disease within the next 20 years.”

Tusk – Tusk.org

Tusk has, with its partners in the field, been at the forefront of promoting and funding community driven conservation programmes. The charity’s holistic approach recognises that the long-term future for wildlife is dependent on education and sustainable development.”

Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation – rcsf.org.uk

The Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation was formed in August 2011 to build and manage, on a not-for-profit basis, the first dedicated international cricket ground in Rwanda. The charity is run by a team of cricket enthusiasts from the UK and Rwanda, in partnership with the Marylebone Cricket Club.”

Sponsors:

  • AVEQIA
  • Bench Events/AHIF
  • Canary Wharf Group
  • Hotel Partners Africa
  • Kia Oval
  • SAB Miller

About the organiser:

David Harper is one of the leading hotel real estate consultants in the world, having been involved in projects in over 136 countries. He is also an avid cricket fan, watching England all over the world, and playing on six continents. David has personal experience of cancer, having lost both his father and his mentor to the disease.

He has organised many events for Cancer Research including jumping out of an aeroplane, cycling to Amsterdam from London, bungy jumping off Victoria Falls, taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and abseiling off Twickenham stadium.

Emma Bamford, author of Casting Off, sailor and adventurer, who sailed with David in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, said: “All I did was fly halfway round the world to live on a boat with a stranger – a piffling ordeal compared to playing cricket at the top of a mountain. And what I want to know is – whose job is it to carry the cucumbers 5,785m up Kilimanjaro to make the tea? Seriously, it’s an astonishing project to raise money for very worthy causes. Good luck to all players.”

Oli Broom, Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation Trustee and author of Cycling to the Ashes: A Cricketing Adventure from London to Brisbane, added: “I was inspired to go on my own cricket adventure to watch an English Ashes win down under, so I can easily imagine that the prospect of playing the world’s highest, and some would say most eccentric, game of cricket ever will be more than enough to motivate you on your epic climb. What an adventure you’re going to have and I wish you all the very best of luck.”

Mt Kili Madness and Flicx UK …taking cricket to a whole new level

Today, Wednesday 16th July, will see the official launch of Mt Kili Madness – a fundraising attempt to play the highest game of cricket ever at an impressive 5,785 metres. Flicx UK are playing a big part in this match as official supplier of the pitch, a new 2G surface which enables you to play cricket on any flat surface, just by rolling it out. The pitch will be carried in pieces up Africa’s highest peak in Tanzania before being joined up and rolled out for the record breaking game.

Mt Kili Madness

Mt Kili Madness

22 players, with the all star line up to be announced at the Oval in the official launch, will risk altitude sickness and many other challenges all to raise money to stop poaching and beat cancer. The expedition will set off on Saturday 20th September for a 7 day hike to the summit where the 2G Flicx Pitch will be laid, stumps set up and the cucumber sandwiches cut in preparation for a 20-20 game where the winners will be crowned kings of the mountains whilst the losers face a long trip back down (carrying all the kit!).

NB- To qualify for World Record status, the two teams must play a game of T20 overseen by qualified ECB umpires. Both teams will have to do so after a challenging seven-day climb, risking altitude sickness – a feat which 30% of climbers fail.

Mt Kili Madness is aiming to break the world record for the highest cricket game which stands at 5,100m and took place at Everest base camp. Flicx UK supplied the pitch to that trip too on the proviso that the pitch will be donated to a local school. The legacy plan has been put in place for the new 2G Flicx Pitch donated to Kili Madness with owner Richard Beghin delighted to support this unusual fundraising bid for Cancer Research UK, the Rwanda Cricket stadium foundation and Tusk “Mt Kili Madness is an exciting project which we were delighted to lend our backing to in the form of a donation of one of our new 2G pitches. The new surface will enable the record breaking game to be a great one and all raising vital funds for two great charities. The legacy is important to us as a company too and we will be pleased leave the pitch with a local school to enable them to enjoy cricket well after the Mt Kili Madness teams have gone.

Organiser David Harper added: “Playing at the top of Mt Kilimanjaro will bring a world record to Africa, raise significant sponsorship for three very worthwhile charities, and help raise awareness of the harm that poaching is doing to wildlife across the continent…as well as allowing me to indulge my fantasy of playing against some high quality international cricketers.”

This promises to be a truly an epic challenge, an unforgettable experience, and one which will put cricket at the top of the world. Here at Flicx UK we will be following the story every step of the way as we believe cricket has a wonderful ability to bring people together. For more information or to donate towards their £500,000 target click here