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It’s just NOT cricket… without a rhino! Maasai players swap spears for bats and get stuck in for the most colourful of matches on the African plains

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Known for their fierce hunting culture, these Maasai warriors show they are just as skilful when exchanging their spears for cricket bats.

The team today took part in a charity match against the British Army Training Unit Kenya in Nanyuki, at the foot of Mount Kenya.

The Maasai Cricket Warriors team are known for using the sport to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS, women’s issues and poaching.

Today’s game was held at the 90,000-acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy and organised in conjunction with the Australian High Commission.

The cricketers were also pictured with Sudan, who is now the last male of only five remaining northern-white rhinoceroses in the world.

The group also organise cricket safaris into Laikipia, where teams can play the sport in a nature reserve while being watched by wildlife.

Cricket was introduced to the Maasai in 2009 by South African primate researcher Aliya Bauer, who missed the sport while living in Kenya.

She began by teaching schoolchildren, before young Maasai warriors started watching the training sessions and then decided to join in.

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