The mammoth World Record Attempt began on Thursday 23rd November at 9am, to complete the longest ever cricket net session for an incredible 72 hours. Smith Construction’s Senior Estimator, Shaun Brown and two fellow Billingborough Cricket Club team mates, Dave Newman and Richard Wells, decided to attempt this world record to raise their target of £20,000 for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, which is completely reliant on donations and fundraising.
They batted in three nets alongside each other, enduring non-stop balls fired at them, non-stop in Northgate Sports Hall, Sleaford, with deliveries from bowling machines and human bowlers to surpass the current record and raise money.
Three years ago Dave and Richard broke the World Record for the longest net session, smashing the 25 hour target to raise money for fellow Billingborough Cricket Club team member, diagnosed with two brain tumours (from which he fully recovered) and setting a new record of 48 hours. They raised over £16,000 for Brain Tumour Research. Since then their record has been surpassed and the pair decided to try to beat the current record of 50 hours and 4 minutes by batting for a colossal 72 hours, with the addition of team mate Shaun Brown.
The Trio smashed the record, ending their challenge on Sunday 26th November at 9am.
Ken Smith, Managing Director of Smith Construction said; “We’re unbelievably proud of what Shaun and his team mates endured to raise money for this fantastic charity. The challenge was both physical and mental, however each showed their courage and determination to complete the challenge. We hope donations will continue to flood in for such a tremendous and well worthy charity.”
They are now hoping for official Guinness World Records confirmation of their record. The Trio have currently raised around £4,000 and are looking to hit their target of £20,000.
To donate, please follow the link below;https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/worldrecordcricketnet-2017