September 25, 2007

Kenya

At the foothills of Mount Kenya: Cricket in the Wild

Will Luke
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The second Cricket in the Wild event takes place on Friday at the foothills of Mount Kenya. The three-day event, designed to raise funds to support the Ol Pejeta Conservancy - a 90,000 acre wildlife park - which, it is hoped, will aid the development of schools and other local facilities.

Each of the eight teams, split into two leagues, is required to raise a minimum of KS200,000 (USD2,900) - usually by sponsorship - to secure their place in the tournament. The cricket itself will be 10 overs per side with eight-ball overs.

Cricket in the Wild last year raised KS6m, thanks to extra fund raising efforts by all teams that participated but especially Hugh Crossley's Team from the UK who won the highest fundraising prize. These funds have been allocated to the building, rehabilitation and development of several secondary schools and medical dispensaries surrounding the conservancy.

"We were very proud that last year's tournament was won by a Kenyan team. Chris Outram's team will be back again this year to defend their title," Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta Conservancy's director, said. "To keep the event light hearted, we will also be awarding a crate of Tusker to the most humorous sledger."

Entry will be free of charge.

Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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