London, July 17 (): At the Oval cricket ground in London, a British graduate has spent 26 hours in the nets to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest ever individual cricket batting session.
Alby Shale, 22, from Oxfordshire in southern England, started his marathon stand in the indoor nets at 6:45 am (0545 GMT) on Monday and finally declared his innings at 8:45 am on Tuesday.
He faced more than 6,000 deliveries bowled by 200 supporters including England cricketers Ravi Bopara and Paul Allott, commentator Jonathan Agnew, Australian Tom Moody and former South African bowler Steve Elworthy.
David Cameron was among the famous names who bowled in a record-breaking cricket marathon for the batsman Alby Shale at the Oval. The accomplished cricketer took 15 hours and 7 minutes of continual play before to get clean bowled for the first time. With 10 minutes to finish 26 hours of play, Shale shrugged off the tiredness and started slogging at every delivery.
It was a great attempt done by the batsman in the bid to raise funds for the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation – a charity set up to create an international-standard cricket ground in the African country, where the game is developing. Australian batsman Jade Child has accomplished the previous batting record of 25 hours, which was set in October, last year.
Online donations and bucket collections brought in a few thousand pounds but the main aim was to raise awareness of the cause. Shale said that his goal was to raise as much money and awareness as possible for a foundation, founded by his father Christopher, a friend of the Prime Minister who died in 2011 at Glastonbury aged 56.
The rules set by Guinness World Records permitted only a five-minute break for every full hour completed to refuel and go to the toilet. Just graduated, Shale is now waiting for Guinness World Records to go through the documentation and confirm his record.