CRICKET: England legend Hoggard to boost duo’s world record bid

HELPING HAND: Matthew Hoggard.
HELPING HAND: Matthew Hoggard.
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Former England pace ace Matthew Hoggard will send down the first ball when two Billingborough Cricket Club players launch a world record attempt this week.

Boro’ duo Dave Newman and Richard Wells are bidding to take part in the longest-ever cricket net, with a whopping 48 hours their target.

They will get under way at Northgate Sports Hall in Sleaford from noon on Thursday (January 30), with an expected finish time of noon on Saturday.

Hoggard, who took 248 wickets in 67 Test matches for England, is expected to arrive at 11.30am on Thursday and will stay until mid-afternoon.

The former Yorkshire and Leicestershire bowler is now involved in ‘Join In’, the organisation that promotes volunteering – and will present £1,000 on its behalf to add to the funds already raised for Brain Tumour Research.

The Boro’ cricketers are hoping to raise £10,000 for the charity, which was chosen after fellow player Wayne Chessum had two tumours removed within two years.

He is now fully fit and back playing cricket for the South Lincs and Border League club – so Newman and Wells see their world record attempt as a way of giving something back to the Brain Tumour Research team.

Meanwhile, Alastair Symondson from www.cricketworld.com will also be present for the record attempt. They will be videoing the whole event – and also doing a live feed on their youtube channel.

The current world record for a continuous net is 26 hours and was set by Alby Shale – so Newman and Wells should clock a new benchmark at around 2pm on Friday.

Should they be successful, Newman will be the proud owner of two world records, having played darts continuously for 48 hours almost a year ago.