CRICKET: Records keep rolling for Boro’ batsmen

MARATHON MEN: Richard Wells (left) and Dave Newman are pictured after their 48 hour world record cricket net.
MARATHON MEN: Richard Wells (left) and Dave Newman are pictured after their 48 hour world record cricket net.

World Record breaking cricketers Dave Newman and Richard Wells have yet more reason to celebrate after their fund-raising efforts exceeded their target of £10,000.

Money continues to roll in after the Billingborough CC duo completed 48 hours of batting in two nets at Northgate Sports Hall in Sleaford, smashing the old benchmark of 26 hours.

The pair are now awaiting ratification of their world record by the Guinness Book of Records, but are safe in the knowledge that Brain Tumour Research will benefit from their marathon effort.

Newman and Well were inspired to complete the challenge by team-mate Wayne Chessum (45), who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008 that required two operations. He only returned to the cricket field last season.

Ian Watson, Head of Fundraising at Brain Tumour Research and a keen sportsman and cricket coach in his own right, explained that it costs £2,740 to fund just one day of research at a Brain Tumour Research Centre.

He said: “Dave and Richard would like to be able to fund as many days as possible in Wayne’s name.

“It’s only through our unique approach to funding long-term sustainable and continuous brain tumour research that we will discover more effective treatments and ultimately a cure for brain tumours, bringing hope to the thousands of families affected by brain tumours each year”.

Donations can still be made through http://www.justgiving.com/worldrecordcricketnet.