Video: Dedicated duo pass world record in 48-hour cricket marathon

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A pair of Billingborough batsmen have surpassed the world record for the longest indoor cricket net session.

Dave Newman and Richard Wells passed the previous record of 26 hours at Northgate Sports Hall, in Sleaford, this afternoon (January 31), having faced their first deliveries noon yesterday.

Dave Newman and Richard Wells going for the world record.

Dave Newman and Richard Wells going for the world record.

The pair, who play for Billingborough Cricket Club, have faced more than 17,000 deliveries between them.

The duo hope to raise £10,000 for the Brain Tumour Research charity through the endeavour, which is intended to last 48 hours.

Speaking at the 27-hour mark, Dave said: “We’ve broken it by an hour, next week that could be broken by 10, so we have got to push, we have got to push it to 40, 48, if we can.”

Ex-England cricketer Matthew Hoggard, who bowled the first ball, returned to the hall to see the record broken, describing it as a “mammoth achievement”.

 

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