The Maasai Cricket Warriors

January 8, 2016 by  

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The Maasai Cricket Warriors

Maasai Tribesman Play Cricket to Raise Awareness about HIV/AIDS, Rhino & Elephant Conservation
(Nanyuki, Kenya).

Imagine a cricketer who is a semi-nomadic cattle herder living amongst the wild animals of Africa. Imagine him who wears layers of beads; who sets fire on the field with his bright red clothes and flying braided hair; he who gives war cries while throwing or hitting a ball is actually a crusader from peace. Imagine him – a Maasai tribesman – playing a T20 match. Unbelievable ? Then you ought to meet the Maasai Cricket Warriors.

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Maasai Warriors from the Laikipia region in Kenya have exchanged their spears for cricket bats and they are using cricket as a vehicle to empower youth and to target social problems in order to bring about positive change in their communities.

The Maasai Cricket Warriors, who will be fully clad in traditional attire, will be coming to Australia in February 2016 to play against cricket teams across Sydney. The highlight of the trip with be two T20 cricket matches versus teams during Marathon Cricket – an event created by the Primary Club that raises money for sporting and recreational equipment for people with disabilities. These matches will be played on the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground.

During previous matches, the Maasai Warriors have given children from local schools in Africa to have the opportunity to watch their first live cricket match while at the same time participating in HIV/AIDS Awareness and Rhino and Elephant Conservation activities. “We are extremely proud to support this initiative,” said Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta’s CEO. “The Maasai Cricket Warriors are a perfect example of how sports can be a conduit for raising awareness amongst communities, particularly children.”

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In addition to the Maasai Cricket Warriors being avid cricket enthusiasts with abundant talent they are also role models in their communities where they are actively campaigning against retrogressive and harmful cultural practices such as FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and early childhood marriages and fighting for the rights of women in order to eradicate discrimination against women in Maasailand.

Through the ethics and principles of cricket the warriors learn to respect one another and to foster peace and unity through the spirit of sportsmanship, while at the same time promoting healthier lifestyles and spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS Awareness amongst youth.

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The Maasai Cricket Warriors are now engaged in the production of a documentary film called”Warriors” which highlights how the team are using cricket and the unity of sport to battle HIV and fight for women’s rights. The ‘Cricket Warriors’ feel education and change is the only way to secure the health of the community, provide equality to their society, and as a result protect their future. But this has been the Maasai way of life since the founder families, and the elders fear changing these traditions will herald the end of the Maasai. The struggle between identity, heritage,and development is something that resonates across the globe – even in the game of cricket itself.

The Maasai Cricket Warriors received an invitation to compete in the Last Man Stands World Championships, which took place in London, United Kingdom in August – September 2013. During the event – the players had the opportunity to play at Lords.

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Maasai Cricket Warriors is a group of Maasai Warriors from the Laikipia region in Kenya who have exchanged their spears for cricket bats and they are using cricket as a vehicle to empower youth and to target social problems in order to bring about positive change in their communities. Their mission is to empower the youth in the Maasai communities of Kenya through cricket development, while enhancing their participation in community development, allowing them to become healthy, productive and well adjusted members of society. Visit Maasai Cricket Warriors

 

ABC News – Primary Club & Last Man Stands – Jack Marsh Cup 2014 – Marathon Cricket November 2014

June 8, 2015 by  

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Looking at Marathon Cricket – November 2014 – A really great ABC story about Last Man Stands and Indigenous Cricket.

Article from the Manly Daily about the Battle of the Codes match

January 28, 2013 by  

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A nice feature about Marathon Cricket in the Sydney Cricket Ground magazine – “Around the grounds”

October 8, 2012 by  

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Sir Donald Bradman first visited the SCG to watch a Test as a 12-year old with his father and became inspired to play the game seriously. “I shall never be satisfied,” he told his father, “until I play on this ground”.

Now everybody can live the Don’s dream, while raising money to provide sports facilities for people with disabilities, by getting a team together for Marathon Cricket 2013.

Organised by the Primary Club of Australia, with the passionate support of Trust Chairman Rodney Cavalier and Cricket NSW, the charity event offers every cricket enthusiast the opportunity to play the game they love on the hallowed SCG.

More than 40 teams are expected to compete in the modified Twelve/12 format. Teams are divided into two overall groups, the Twelfth Man’s XI and the President’s XI, for which they accumulate scores while playing games scheduled over two days from 7am to 10pm.

In recent years, the entertainment has been boosted by a feature match. In 2011, the Indigenous NRL All-Stars (pictured} battled Cricket Australia’s under-23 indigenous team for the Jack Marsh Cup. This summer there will be a ‘Battle of the Codes’ with the Legends of Rugby Union led by John Eales taking on Brett Kim morley and his Legends of Rugby League.

Dates for the 2013 event are Thursday 24th and Friday 25th January. For more details visit the Primary Club website:  www.primaryclub.com or call (02} 9980 2525 for further details or to enter your team.

Cricketers of all ages (male or female) are welcome, and there are corporate team packages, which include sponsorship opportunities and premium tickets to the ‘Legends of Sport’ Marathon Cricket Dinner in the SCG’s Steve Waugh Room. Priority bookings are given to financial members of the Primary Club ($50 per annum).

Photos and DVDs from Marathon Cricket 2011 are now available!!

January 30, 2011 by  

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Hello everyone.

During Marathon Cricket 2011 over 2500 photos were taken over the two days. These photos included team photos, individual player photos, action photos that players will want to remember forever, action photos that players will want to instantly forget(!), photos from the Twenty20 match on Thursday evening, photos of the umpires and photos from the days.

These photos are now uploaded … (visit the www.marathoncricket.com website)

The Marathon cricket website has small photos for you to download and send to friends via email.

Larger photos are available for purchase for a nominal amount.

If you have photos of the day and would be willing to donate them to the Primary Club for Sale – please contact me directly at web@primaryclub.com

regards

Benjamin Richards
Official photographer (and Primary Club of Australia committee member).

News articles and video about Marathon Cricket and the Indigineous Allstars game

January 17, 2011 by  

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Indigenous All Stars to take part in cricket clash

Preston Campbell, Wendell Sailor, Jamal Idris, Scott Prince, Nathan Merritt, Jamie Soward, Greg Bird, Ben Barba and Jharal Yow Yeh are among the ‘Learn. Earn. Legend!’ Indigenous All Stars set to tackle cricket’s next generation of Indigenous stars in a landmark charity match at the SCG on Thursday night.  …

SBS News video about the Jack Marsh Cup

View the video at: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2011/01/12/cup-named-after-jack-marsh

Cup named after Jack Marsh

History will be created at the SCG tomorrow night, when the first all-Indigenous match at an international cricket ground gets underway, SBS’ Nick Vindin reports.

Read the article at: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1464837/Cup-named-after-Jack-Marsh

Is NRL star Greg Bird our cricket saviour?

GIVE that man a baggy green. Australia’s latest slow bowling hope was uncovered at the SCG last night…Gold Coast NRL star Greg Bird.

Bird wowed the crowd with his bowling skills at a charity Twenty20 match to raise money for children with disabilities.

Read the full article at: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/archives/old-sport-pages/is-nrl-star-greg-bird-our-cricket-saviour/story-fn67w6pa-1225987676241 

And see photos from the event at: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/gallery/gallery-e6freye9-1225987466115

Photos from the Marathon Cricket day 2010

January 27, 2010 by  

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Photos are now available from The Primary Club of Australia’s Marathon Cricket website http://marathoncricket.wordpress.com or by following the link in the top right hand corner of the page.