October 10, 2007

Kenya

Gayner winning in the Wild

Will Luke

Team Gayner from England are the new Cricket in the Wild champions after beating defending champions Team Outram from Kenya, by 4 wickets in a last ball thriller two weeks ago.

The three-day event is 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.

CapitalFM has a brief report of this year's tournament:

Team Outram scored 119 for 2 wickets in 10 overs with Rob Harte and Luke Nightingale both scoring 21 (both rtd). But in reply, Team Gayner rattled in 120 for 6 wickets in 10 overs with Colm Singleton scoring 22 and Luke Nightingale taking 2/9 to take victory.

The highlight of the tournament was a hatrick taken by Joss Ridley of Team Tucker.

The tournament was umpired by Subhash Modi, Lalji Bhudia and Mohammed Khan while the scorer was Aliya Bauer. The score board operators were Charity Warungu, Danson Njenga and Wilson Bugei.

Modi who represents International Cricket Council (ICC) Affiliates Associates International Panel of Umpires said, “It was a great honor & privilege for me to be associated with this exciting, prestigious and unique Cricket in the Wild tournament for the second time”.

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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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