British youngster bats for a record 26 hours

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Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 17:36 [IST]
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Youngster bats for record 26 hours

London, July 16: A British youngster has batted for 26 hours here at The Oval stadium in a bid to set a world record.

The 22-year-old Alby Shale, who is an Oxfordshire student, started his batting on Monday (July 15) at 6.45AM British time (5.45 GMT) and finished at 8.45 AM today, July 16 (Tuesday), according to a report in the "Evening Standard" newspaper in England.

The report said that the youngster faced the bowling of several celebrities and cricketers including British Prime Minister David Cameron.

He faced 6,000 deliveries for his 26-hour marathon batting in the indoor nets. "It took 15 hours and seven minutes of continual play before Shale, an accomplished cricketer, was clean bowled for the first time," the report added.

England cricketers Ravi Bopara, Paul Allott, Australia's Tom Moody, Steve Elworthy of South Africa also bowled at Shale.

"The rules set down by Guinness World Records allowed only a five-minute break for every full hour completed - to refuel and go to the toilet," news agency "AFP" said.

"The attempt was in aid of the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation - a charity set up to build the first proper cricket ground in the African country.

"The previous batting record of 25 hours was set in October by Australian batsman Jade Child," "AFP" report added.


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