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    [They're used to chasing baboons and elephants off their pitch at home in Kenya, but when a group of cricketing Maasai warriors came to Maidstone yesterday, all they had to contend with was some pigeons. Members of 70 Gurkha Field Squadron – based at Invicta Park Barracks, in Royal Engineers Road – played host to the Maasai Cricket Warriors. The match came after the Gurkhas had helped the Maasai warriors construct a cricket pitch back in Kenya, in Maasailand. After a 1-1 scoreline after two matches, they played a deciding match at the barracks, watched by other members of the regiment – with the Ghurkas emerging victorious. The warriors play in their flowing traditional robes, while the Ghurkas opted for more traditional cricket whites. The warriors are staying in the UK to compete in the Last Man Standing contest at Lords and the Oval after adopting the game as a way of promoting social change within their tribe.] – Angela Cole


    Papai Simon Ole Mamai of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya runs during a match against English team [The Shed] during [The Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


    Papai Simon Ole Mamai of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya runs during a match against English team [The Shed] during [The Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




    Nissan Jonathan Ole Meshami (C) of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya is congratulated after a dismissal by teammates in a match against English team [The Shed] during [The Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


    Nissan Jonathan Ole Meshami (C) of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya is congratulated after a dismissal by teammates in a match against English team [The Shed] during [The Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




    Members of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya watch their match against English team [The Shed], during the [Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


    Members of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya watch their match against English team [The Shed], during the [Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




    Tepele Francis Siranga Naimando (C) of the Maasai cricket warriors team from Kenya catches a ball before a cricket match against English team [The Shed] during the [Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


    Tepele Francis Siranga Naimando (C) of the Maasai cricket warriors team from Kenya catches a ball before a cricket match against English team [The Shed] during the [Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




    Sonyanga Ole Ngais of the Maasai cricket warrior team from Kenya bowls during a cricket match against English team [The Shed] during the Last Man Stands cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in south London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


    Sonyanga Ole Ngais of the Maasai cricket warrior team from Kenya bowls during a cricket match against English team [The Shed] during the Last Man Stands cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in south London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




    Takare Njayo Thomas Ole Meshami of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya watches the ball in a match against English team [The Shed] during [The Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


    Takare Njayo Thomas Ole Meshami of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya watches the ball in a match against English team [The Shed] during [The Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




    Members of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya warm up before a match against English team [The Shed] during the [Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


    Members of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya warm up before a match against English team [The Shed] during the [Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




    Lesikito Christopher Memusi Ole Ngais (C) of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya smiles after his team won a match against English team [The Shed] during [The Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


    Lesikito Christopher Memusi Ole Ngais (C) of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya smiles after his team won a match against English team [The Shed] during [The Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




    A member of the Maasai cricket warrior team from Kenya holds a ball before a cricket match against English team [The Shed] during the Last Man Stands cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in south London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


    A member of the Maasai cricket warrior team from Kenya holds a ball before a cricket match against English team [The Shed] during the Last Man Stands cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in south London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




    Sonyanga Ole Ngais of the Maasai cricket warrior team from Kenya throws a ball before a cricket match against English team [The Shed] during the Last Man Stands cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in south London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


    Sonyanga Ole Ngais of the Maasai cricket warrior team from Kenya throws a ball before a cricket match against English team [The Shed] during the Last Man Stands cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in south London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




    Nissan Jonathan Ole Meshami (L) of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya hits the ball during a match against English team [The Shed], during the [Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


    Nissan Jonathan Ole Meshami (L) of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya hits the ball during a match against English team [The Shed], during the [Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


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[Maasai Cricket Warriors]


[They're used to chasing baboons and elephants off their pitch at home in Kenya, but when a group of cricketing Maasai warriors came to Maidstone yesterday, all they had to contend with was some pigeons. Members of 70 Gurkha Field Squadron – based at Invicta Park Barracks, in Royal Engineers Road – played host to the Maasai Cricket Warriors. The match came after the Gurkhas had helped the Maasai warriors construct a cricket pitch back in Kenya, in Maasailand. After a 1-1 scoreline after two matches, they played a deciding match at the barracks, watched by other members of the regiment – with the Ghurkas emerging victorious. The warriors play in their flowing traditional robes, while the Ghurkas opted for more traditional cricket whites. The warriors are staying in the UK to compete in the Last Man Standing contest at Lords and the Oval after adopting the game as a way of promoting social change within their tribe.] – Angela Cole


Papai Simon Ole Mamai of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya runs during a match against English team [The Shed] during [The Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


Papai Simon Ole Mamai of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya runs during a match against English team [The Shed] during [The Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




Nissan Jonathan Ole Meshami (C) of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya is congratulated after a dismissal by teammates in a match against English team [The Shed] during [The Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


Nissan Jonathan Ole Meshami (C) of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya is congratulated after a dismissal by teammates in a match against English team [The Shed] during [The Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




Members of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya watch their match against English team [The Shed], during the [Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


Members of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya watch their match against English team [The Shed], during the [Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




Tepele Francis Siranga Naimando (C) of the Maasai cricket warriors team from Kenya catches a ball before a cricket match against English team [The Shed] during the [Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


Tepele Francis Siranga Naimando (C) of the Maasai cricket warriors team from Kenya catches a ball before a cricket match against English team [The Shed] during the [Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




Sonyanga Ole Ngais of the Maasai cricket warrior team from Kenya bowls during a cricket match against English team [The Shed] during the Last Man Stands cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in south London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


Sonyanga Ole Ngais of the Maasai cricket warrior team from Kenya bowls during a cricket match against English team [The Shed] during the Last Man Stands cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in south London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




Takare Njayo Thomas Ole Meshami of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya watches the ball in a match against English team [The Shed] during [The Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


Takare Njayo Thomas Ole Meshami of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya watches the ball in a match against English team [The Shed] during [The Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




Members of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya warm up before a match against English team [The Shed] during the [Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


Members of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya warm up before a match against English team [The Shed] during the [Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




Lesikito Christopher Memusi Ole Ngais (C) of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya smiles after his team won a match against English team [The Shed] during [The Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


Lesikito Christopher Memusi Ole Ngais (C) of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya smiles after his team won a match against English team [The Shed] during [The Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




A member of the Maasai cricket warrior team from Kenya holds a ball before a cricket match against English team [The Shed] during the Last Man Stands cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in south London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


A member of the Maasai cricket warrior team from Kenya holds a ball before a cricket match against English team [The Shed] during the Last Man Stands cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in south London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




Sonyanga Ole Ngais of the Maasai cricket warrior team from Kenya throws a ball before a cricket match against English team [The Shed] during the Last Man Stands cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in south London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


Sonyanga Ole Ngais of the Maasai cricket warrior team from Kenya throws a ball before a cricket match against English team [The Shed] during the Last Man Stands cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in south London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)




Nissan Jonathan Ole Meshami (L) of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya hits the ball during a match against English team [The Shed], during the [Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


Nissan Jonathan Ole Meshami (L) of the Maasai Cricket Warriors team from Kenya hits the ball during a match against English team [The Shed], during the [Last Man Stands] cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in South London September 1, 2013. (Photo by Philip Brown/Reuters)


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