<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Alby Shale sets new Guinness World Record by batting for 26 hours" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20131109114602.jpg" title="Alby Shale sets new Guinness World Record by batting for 26 hours" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Alby Shale started batting at 6:45 A.M. on July 15, and finally declared his innings at 8:45 A.M. the following day © AFP</p> </div> <strong>London: Nov 9, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> A British graduate who batted for 26 hours solid at <a href="/tags/The-Oval/post" target="_blank">The Oval</a> cricket ground in London has broken the world record, officials confirmed Friday.<br /> <br /> Guinness World Records said <a href="/tags/Alby-Shale/post" target="_blank">Alby Shale</a> had set a new global benchmark with his marathon feat in the indoor nets.<br /> <br /> The 22-year-old, from Oxfordshire in southern England, started batting at 6:45 A.M. on July 15, and finally declared his innings at 8:45 A.M. the following day.<br /> <br /> The attempt took months to verify as officials had to plough through the hours of footage.<br /> <br /> The attempt was in aid of the <a href="/tags/Rwanda-Cricket-Stadium-Foundation/post" target="_blank">Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation</a> — a charity set up to create an international-standard cricket ground in the east African country, where the game is emerging.<br /> <br /> "I am pleased to officially call myself a Guinness World Record holder, but even more so that I have helped a wonderful country towards its vision for a new cricket stadium," Shale said.<br /> <br /> "It is a very exciting time for Rwandan cricket. In 10 years' time I will almost certainly not be a Guinness World Record holder, but Rwanda will have an international cricket pitch to be proud of. That is what's important."<br /> <br /> The previous record of 25 hours was set in October 2012 by Australian batsman <a href="/tags/Jade-Child/post" target="_blank">Jade Child</a> — who says he is planning a 30-hour net session to reclaim the record.<br /> <br /> "Alby lasted 26 hours" and "faced a total of 6,062 deliveries", a Guinness World Records spokesman told AFP.<br /> <br /> He was fed by around 200 bowlers in his spell at the crease, including Prime Minister <a href="/tags/David-Cameron/post" target="_blank">David Cameron</a>, who sent down some left arm swing deliveries.<br /> <br /> Shale also faced England all-rounder <a href="/tags/Ravi-Bopara/post" target="_blank">Ravi Bopara</a> and former Australia batsman <a href="/tags/Tom-Moody/post" target="_blank">Tom Moody</a>.<br /> <br /> Despite the onslaught of deliveries, it took more than 15 hours before he was clean bowled.<br /> <br /> The rules set down by GWR allowed only a five-minute break for every full hour completed — to refuel and go to the toilet.<br /> <br /> The idea was the brainchild of Alby's father <a href="/tags/Christopher-Shale/post" target="_blank">Christopher Shale</a>, Cameron's close friend and his Conservative Party constituency chairman, who died of a heart attack at the Glastonbury music festival in 2011.<br /> <br /> The charity is hoping to raise £600,000 ($900,000, 700,000 euros) to build a cricket ground with a pavilion and seating. Shale's record attempt raised £12,000 towards the total.<br /> <br /> Rwandans who fled the 1994 genocide returned home having learnt the game in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, with just a few old bats and balls between them.<br /> <br /> The existing cricket field in the capital Kigali had been the site of a massacre and remains were found when the tall grass was cut to create the pitch in 2002.<br /> <br /> For the next few months it was not unusual for a fielder, when chasing after a ball, to trip over a human bone.<br /> <br /> Rwanda joined the International Cricket Council as an affiliate member in 2003 and has played regular matches since.<br /> <br /> The plan is to build a muti-purpose sports centre around the new ground, with any profits being ploughed into Rwandan cricket.