A determined duo have knocked a cricket world record for six – raising thousands for charity – after batting non-stop for 48 hours.
Dave Newman, 34, from Helpringham, and Richard Wells, 22, from Sleaford, have smashed the world record for the longest indoor cricket net session, beating the previous top stint by 22 hours.
The Billingborough Cricket Club players began batting, in adjacent nets, at noon on Thursday and occupied their respective creases until midday on Saturday, allowing themselves breaks of just five minutes per hour.
Across the two days, they faced more than 30,000 deliveries.
The Herculean task, completed at Sleaford’s Northgate Sports Centre, was organised in support of the Brain Tumour Research charity.
Dave and Richard were inspired to take on the challenge by their teammate Wayne Chessum, 45, of Billingborough, who has been treated for two brain tumours. The pair say they are now on target to pass their £10,000 fundraising target.
Speaking on Monday, Dave said: “I’m exhausted, but it’s a great feeling. I knew we would do it. I didn’t have any doubt. It was just a question of the amount of pain we would have to go through to get there.”
This pain included swollen wrists for Richard and two blows to the arm, one each side of the elbow, for Dave following deliveries by cricket star Matthew Hoggard.
The former England international bowled the opening ball in the marathon and returned on Friday afternoon to see the pair pass the 26-hour mark. He described their record-breaking innings as a “mammoth achievement”.
He said: “It’s fantastic, raising money for such a worthy cause – hats off to them or gloves off to them.”
Ian Watson, head of fundraising for Brain Tumour Research, said: “This is definitely at the extreme end of what our fundraisers get up to, but I’m hoping this will inspire one or two other people to break a record and raise money for us.”
Dave thanked all those who helped support him and Richard in their endeavour.
He said: “The support was just fantastic, that was what got us through it all. It was phenomenal.”