CRICKET: Boro’ boys complete 48-hour cricket marathon

MARATHON MEN: Richard Wells (left) and Dave Newman (right), with their friend Wayne Chessum.
MARATHON MEN: Richard Wells (left) and Dave Newman (right), with their friend Wayne Chessum.
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Relentless Billingborough Cricket Club duo Dave Newman and Richard Wells are celebrating a likely world record after successfully completing their audacious 48-hour cricket net.

Newman and Wells, who hope to have raised £10,000 in aid of Brain Tumour Research UK, are now waiting for for the record to be verified by the Guinness Book Of Records.

The idea of the 48-hour net was hatched by Newman and Wells after Boro’ team-mate Wayne Chessum had two brain tumours removed within two years. He has since made a full recovery.

Former England Test bowler Matthew Hoggard bowled the first of what turned out to be a mammoth total of more than 17,000 deliveries to the pair at Northgate Sports Centre in Sleaford.

They got under way at 11am on Thursday, passing the previous record of 26 hours on Friday before eventually concluding their cricket marathon on Saturday morning.

Newman said: “I’m not sure where to start. But, we did it and proved A LOT of people wrong with a massive 48 hours and two seconds.

“I’m incredibly overwhelmed by so, so many people who have supported us during the organisation and at the event – friends, family and complete strangers. There’s too many to thank.”

Wells added: “Thanks to everyone, no matter how long or little amount you came for.

“You still turned up and gave me and Dave something else to think about.”

As an added bonus, Cricket World Magazine have named the pair as their ‘cricketers of the week’ after their unprecedented feat.