Billingborough cricketers batting to break record

L-R Dave Newman and Shaun Robinson at the start of their 48 hour world record darts marathon attempt.
L-R Dave Newman and Shaun Robinson at the start of their 48 hour world record darts marathon attempt.

A pair of Billingborough cricketers have their sights set on the Guinness World Record for Longest Individual Net Session (male).

Dave Newman and fellow player Richard Wells aim to add to Oxford University students Alby Shale’s 26 hour record – achieved on July 15 this year.

The pair are now looking for a steady string of bowlers to work in shifts and for witnesses to verify the record attempt.

Dave said: “There are strict conditions to setting a world record and we need several witnesses, including one official one, that is someone within the sport who will stay throughout the whole 
event.

“Also if it can be arranged, a sports timer that can be in view of the camera at all times.”

The attempt will take place in the new year at Northgate Sports Hall in Sleaford starting at 12 noon on January 30 
and going through to the following Saturday.

Carre’s students will bowl for the pair who are aiming for more than 48 hours.

Dave and Richard will be raising money for Brain Tumour Research after Billingborough player Wayne Chessum had two tumours removed within the last two years.

Richard said: “Wayne is now back fully fit and enjoying the experience of playing in the 1st XI.

“The cricket club has been directly affected by seeing what he has been through and we would like to raise money so that hopefully other people can have the quickest and best treatment possible.

“We want to give something back to the brain tumour research team because their research has helped Wayne hugely.”