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British graduate bats record 26 hours for charity!

July 16, 2013 17:05 IST

British graduate bats record 26 hours for charity!

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A British graduate collapsed in a heap, on Tuesday, at The Oval cricket ground in London after batting for 26 hours in a bid to break the world record.

According to AFP, Alby Shale, a 22-year-old from Oxfordshire in southern England, began 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.

The attempt was in aid of the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation -- a charity set up to build the first proper cricket ground in the African country.

The previous batting record of 25 hours was set in October by Australian batsman Jade Child.

Shale, who has just graduated from NewcastleUniversity, is now waiting for the Guinness World Records to go through the documentation and confirm his new landmark.

Shale faced around 200 bowlers in his spell at the crease -- including Prime Minister David Cameron, who turned up for a few overs.

The rules set down by Guinness World Records allowed only a five-minute break for every full hour completed -- to refuel and go to the toilet.


Image: Alby Shale poses against a timer that clocks his record
Photographs: Twitter

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