England beats Australia again – Alby Shale sets new world record with a little help from David Cameron
While most English cricket fans were trying to recover from the nerve-shredding Ashes victory at Trent Bridge, one man was embarking on inflicting an even more extraordinary Australian defeat.
In Kennington, under the historic pavilion at The Oval, Alby Shale was painstakingly inching his way to a world record as he attempted the longest-ever individual cricket net.
The record, set by Australia’s Jade Child, stood at 25 hours, but beginning at 6:45am on Monday morning the 22-year-old batted for a full hour longer to claim his own victory over an antipodean rival.
His herculean 26-hour effort was in aid of the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation – a charity established to build the first proper cricket ground in the country.
Prime Minister David Cameron and cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew, both Patrons of the charity, were among those who turned up to bowl during Shale’s marathon crease occupation.
England international Ravi Bopara, at the ground for Essex’s evening T20 clash with Surrey, was another of the several hundred who turned up at all hours to ensure that the 26-hour record was finally broken at 8:45 on Tuesday morning.
Under rules set down by Guinness World Records, the Newcastle University graduate was allowed a five-minute break every hour, to refuel and rest, and he batted with such concentration that incredibly it wasn’t until after the 15-hour mark that he was bowled for the first time.
Former Lancashire cricketer Stephen Speak, who batted for 24 hours, first set the gruelling record in 2001, which stood until October 2012 when Child surpassed it to claimed the record for Australia.
Both those feats of endurance were substantially lengthier than first class cricket’s longest innings, played by Indian Rajiv Nayyar, which lasted 16 hours and 55 minutes and benefited from regular meal breaks and two rests overnight.
However Shale trumped them all, to score more early points for England in this Ashes summer and earn his place in the record books.
The Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation, RCSF working alongside the Rwanda Cricket Association and the MCC Foundation, aims to raise £600,000 to build the first ever cricket stadium in Rwanda.
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