A Cricket Ball Has Been Sent To The Edge Of Space

Because cricket.

1. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to celebrate the start of the NatWest T20 Blast competition by doing something a bit special last week.

2. The cricket board commissioned Sent Into Space to send a cricket ball out of this world.

3. The ball was propelled into the upper stratosphere using a metrological balloon.

4. It lifted off from Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham and was later retrieved in Newbury, Berkshire.

It reached an altitude of 110,000ft, at temperatures around -54C.

5. David Collier, chief executive of the ECB, said: “Ahead of the launch of the NatWest T20 Blast season, we wanted to do something that would reflect the competition’s exciting brand of cricket and vibrant in-ground atmosphere.”

6. “By sending a cricket ball to the edge of space, we’ve come up with an innovative idea which vividly illustrates our own plans to make this summer’s NatWest T20 Blast competition a truly memorable experience for cricket fans everywhere.”

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Richard James is acting head of news for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.
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