Maasai Warriors at Bradman Oval

26 February 2016

On Sunday 7 February 2016, the Bradman Oval, Bowral played host to the Maasai Cricket Warriors. The team were on a charity tour to raise awareness of social issues in Kenya.

The Maasai Cricket Warriors received $30,000 for the construction of the Ilpolei Sports and Community Centre in Laikipia, Kenya from the Direct Aid Program (DAP) in 2014. The recently completed centre has created a focal point for meetings, community events and sport activities in the community and is helping the Warriers address social challenges of the Maasai in Ilpolei.

The DAP is a small grants program funded from Australia’s aid budget. It has the flexibility to work with local communities in developing countries on projects that reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development consistent with Australia’s national interest.

The Maasai Warriors join the Brandman XI in the lead up to the first match.
The Maasai Warriors join the Bradman XI in the lead up to the first match. Credit: DFAT.
The Maasai Warriors prepare for the first ball of the match.
The Maasai Warriors prepare for the first ball of the match. Credit: DFAT.
Sending a bouncer down the wicket.
Sending a bouncer down the wicket. Credit: DFAT.
Spending time in the outfield.
Spending time in the outfield. Credit: DFAT.
The Bradman Oval scoreboard.
The Bradman Oval scoreboard. Credit: DFAT.
The Maasai Warriors have an unorthodox, but successful technique.
The Maasai Warriors have an unorthodox, but successful technique. Credit: DFAT.
The Maasai Warriors celebrate an early wicket.
The Maasai Warriors celebrate an early wicket. Credit: DFAT.
Some habits are hard to break.
Some habits are hard to break. Credit: DFAT.
The crowd watches a sight never before seen in Bowral.
The crowd watches a sight never before seen in Bowral. Credit: DFAT.
The Warriors leave the field at the innings break.
The Warriors leave the field at the innings break. Credit: DFAT.
The locals getting up close with some of the Warriors.
The locals getting up close with some of the Warriors. Credit: DFAT.
The Warriors pose with a statue of Don Bradman
The Warriors pose with ‘The Don’Credit: DFAT.
The Warriors pose with a statue of Don Bradman’
The Warriors pose with ‘The Don’Credit: DFAT.
Celebrating the Warriors first tour victory.
Celebrating the Warriors first tour victory. Credit: DFAT.
The Bradman XI congratulating the Warriors on their win.
The Bradman XI congratulating the Warriors on their win. Credit: DFAT.
The Maasai Warriors join the Bradman XI in the lead up to the second match.
The Maasai Warriors join the Bradman XI in the lead up to the second match. Credit: DFAT.
The Warriors bring a colour and movement not seen on the Bradman Oval before.
The Warriors bring a colour and movement not seen on the Bradman Oval before. Credit: DFAT.
Playing cricket in Australia is a dream come true for many of the players.
Playing cricket in Australia is a dream come true for many of the players. Credit: DFAT.
While the Haka may be the most renowned pre-game ritual, the Maasai’s Adumu is no less striking.
While the Haka may be the most renowned pre-game ritual, the Maasai’s Adumu is no less striking. Credit: DFAT.
The Maasai Warriors in the leafy surrounds of Bradman Oval.
The Maasai Warriors in the leafy surrounds of Bradman Oval. Credit: DFAT.
A sight not often seen on the Bradman Oval.
A sight not often seen on the Bradman Oval. Credit: DFAT.
Last Updated: 26 February 2016