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Cricket teams play on Everest in bid to set altitude record

AP , KATHMANDU

Two teams of British cricketers played on the foot of Mount Everest on Tuesday in an attempt to set a high-altitude record for field sports.

The teams played the Twenty-20 cricket match on Tuesday at Gorakshep, 5,165m above sea level on the southern side of the world’s highest mountain in Nepal.

Team Hillary beat Team Tenzing in the match, organizers said in an e-mail sent from the mountain.

The two teams are named after New Zealander Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay, the two mountaineers who first conquered the 8,850m peak on May 29, 1953.

Organizers hoped to raise more than US$365,000 from sponsors for two charities.

The record still needs to be ratified by Guinness World Records, which does not have an entry for highest altitude for a field sport.

The group of 50 people, which included lawyers, medics and city workers from Britain, trekked for nine days to reach the site where the match was held. It is the last village before reaching the Everest base camp.

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