Teams attempt to set altitude record

Updated: April 21, 2009, 1:16 PM ET
Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal -- 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 at Gorakshep, located 16,940 feet above sea level on the southern side of world's highest mountain in Nepal.

Team Hillary defeated Team Tenzing, 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 mountaineers who first conquered the 29,035-foot peak on May 29, 1953.

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

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

The 50 participants included lawyers, medics and city workers from Britain. They trekked nine days to the site where the match was held. It is the last village before reaching the Everest base camp, the starting point for dozens of mountaineers who attempt to climb Everest every year.

Organizers said the trekkers trained for months to face the conditions at that altitude, where the oxygen supply is about two-thirds of what it is at sea level.

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