On the 17th and 18th June, cricketers from across the globe joined the Maasai Cricket Warriors and Nairobi’s Obuya Academy for Ol Pejeta's annual two-day cricket tournament - the Last Male Standing Cricket Cup. Now in its third year, the 2017 event featured 12 teams - up from 6 teams last year. It aims to raise awareness about the plight of the northern white rhinos, raise funds for rhino conservation and promote the sport of cricket among Kenyan youth.
The teams played a total of 22 short format matches over two days - surrounded by wildlife and shadowed by the the snow-capped Mount Kenya. In addition to the Maasai Cricket Warriors and the two-time winners of the Last Male Standing Rhino Cup, the Obuya Academy (led by Kenyan cricket legend David Obuya), the tournament saw teams from Kenya, the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK), the Australian High Commission and a number of international teams made up of players from cricket clubs from England, South Africa, Australia compete, all supported by the Australian High Commission. The nail-biting final was contested between the East Africa Cricket Foundation (EACF) and South Africa's Crease Lightning, with EACF emerging the stronger team.
“The Last Male Standing Rhino Cup is about drawing on the global love for the game of cricket to help combat poaching of the rhino and help raise much needed funds for Ol Pejeta’s work to pursue Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) to save the northern white rhino” says Tournament Director and founder of the Rhino Cup, Rob Stevenson.