A group of international cricketers, including former England spin bowler Ashley Giles, have set a world record for playing a match at the highest altitude. The game was played at a height of 5,730m (18,799ft) in a flat crater just below the summit of Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain.

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Cricketers play on the ice-covered crater of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, in an attempt to play the world's highest game of cricket, breaking the previous record set in 2009 on Mount EverestPeter Martell/AFP
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Cricketers play a full Twenty 20 game on a crater just below Kilimanjaro's peak, at 5,790m (19,000ft)Peter Martell/AFP
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England spin bowler Ashley Giles watches the cricket match on the ice-covered crater of KilimanjaroPeter Martell/AFP

The two teams managed to play 10 overs each of a Twenty20 game before clouds stopped play. The Gorillas team, led by England women's vice-captain Heather Knight, scored 82 runs for five wickets to beat Giles' Rhinos team, who managed 64 for nine.

The previous record for the world's highest game was 5,165m, played at Everest base camp in Nepal in 2009.

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England women national cricket team vice-captain Heather Knight raises her arms on the second day of a trek up KilimanjaroPeter Martell/AFP
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South African bowler Makhayao Ntini dances with porters on the second day of a trek up KilimanjaroPeter Martell/AFP
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Tanzanian porters and guides stand on a rock half way up Kilimanjaro at sunset, trying to get a mobile phone signalPeter Martell/AFP
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The teams head up Kilimanjaro in a bid to play world's highest game of cricketPeter Martell/AFP
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Australian cricketer Liam Breedveld smashes a snowball with a cricket bat during the eight-day trek to the top of KilimanjaroPeter Martell/AFP
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Hikers set up camp halfway to the peak of KilimanjaroPeter Martell/AFP
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Hikers trek up Kilimanjaro in a bid to play world's highest-altitude game of cricketPeter Martell/AFP
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Cricketers practise on a crater on KilimanjaroPeter Martell/AFP