Cricketers aim for nets record

Richard Wells and Dave Newman with Wayne Chessum
Richard Wells and Dave Newman with Wayne Chessum
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The witnesses, timekeepers and bowlers are lined up for a world record attempt but now these cricketers are aiming to raise £10,000 for charity.

Billingborough Cricket Club players Dave Newman and Richard Wells will try to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest individual net session on January 30.

Earlier this year, the men appealed in the Mercury for bowlers to help them break the record, which currently stands at 26 hours.

Now they have enough bowlers, the men’s focus has turned to their other target of raising £10,000 for Brain Tumour Research.

Fellow player Wayne Chessum, who has had two tumours removed in the last two years, is the inspiration behind the challenge.

The two players’ batting marathon will begin at midday on January 30 at Northgate Sports Hall in Sleaford.

They hope to play for 48 hours to comfortably break the record using balls donated by cricket ball manufacturers Readers. There will also be a tombola.

Dave, of Helpringham, and Richard, of Pointon, said there had been a “magnificent response”.

Dave said: “We’re really grateful to all those who have come forward and obviously we would still welcome anyone who would like to help.

“Without so many volunteers, we would never have got it off the ground but now we are determined to take the record and raise our target amount for our charity.”

Fishing matches, darts competitions and a Santa sleigh have helped raise vital funds and pubs across the area have also displayed their generosity by agreeing to host quizzes to help the friends meet their target.

Pubs holding quizzes include The White Horse in Baston on January 19 at 8pm and The Plough in Horbling on January 26, as well as pubs in the Sleaford area.

For further details or to donate a tombola prize call Dave Newman on 07984908234.

Donations can be made at