Guinness World Records - Officially Amazing

Prime Minister David Cameron helps student cricketer to world record

 
 
 
 
 
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A British cricket fan who batted for 26 hours solid at The Oval in London has set a new world record longest individual net session (male).

UK Prime Minister David Cameron, England all-rounder Ravi Bopara and former Australia batsman Tom Moody, were among more than 200 people who sent down deliveries to Alby Shale during the marathon net session in July to raise money for an international cricket ground in Rwanda.

Following a study of evidence by Guinness World Records, the attempt has now been verified as beating the previous record of 25 hours set in Australia last year.

During the attempt, 22-year-old Alby from Oxfordshire, pictured below, faced a total of 6,062 deliveries.

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Hailing the achievement, Prime Minister Cameron wrote on Twitter: "The 26-hour cricket net that I took part in for @RwandaCricket has been confirmed as a Guinness World Record!"

The event raised £12,000 for the Rwandan Cricket Stadium Foundation which aims to build a dedicated home for the sport in the African country.

"I am pleased to officially call myself a Guinness World Record holder, but even more so that I have helped a wonderful country towards its vision for a new cricket stadium," Shale said. 

"It is a very exciting time for Rwandan cricket. In 10 years' time I will almost certainly not be a Guinness World Record holder, but Rwanda will have an international cricket pitch to be proud of. That is what's important."

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