British graduate bats for 26 hours to break world record

Alby Shale (above) broke the previous world record of 25 hours by Jade Child © AFP

London: Jul 16, 2013

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.

Alby Shale, a 22-year-old from Oxfordshire, began his marathon stand in the indoor nets at 6:45 am 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 last year by Australian batsman Jade Child.

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

“At the final ball he just sort of collapsed into a heap and everyone piled in on top of him,” a spokesman for the attempt told AFP.

“Someone sprayed a bottle of champagne all over the place.”

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.