26 hours nonstop: Briton bats into record books

Shale, who has just graduated, is now waiting for Guinness World Records.


Afp July 17, 2013
Shale, who has just graduated, is now waiting for Guinness World Records. PHOTO: Guinness

LONDON:


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


Alby Shale, 22, from Oxfordshire in southern England, began his marathon stand in the indoor nets at 6:45am on Monday and finally declared his innings at 8:45 am on Tuesday.

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

He faced around 200 bowlers in his spell at the crease. One of the bowlers was Prime Minister David Cameron, who turned up to give him a few deliveries. With 10 minutes to go, Shale shrugged off the tiredness and started slogging at every delivery.

“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.”

He then posed for pictures by the clock showing 26 hours.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2013.

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