CRICKET: Help needed for duo’s mammoth record bid

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Star Billingborough cricketer Dave Newman is bidding to smash yet another Guinness World Record for a good cause.

Batsman Newman, along with fellow player Richard Wells, is bidding to take part in the longest-ever individual net session (male).

The record, set by Alby Shale, currently stands at 26 hours. But Newman and Wells are aiming to net for AT LEAST 48 hours.

Newman already holds one world record, having played darts with Shaun Robinson continually for 48 hours at The Nags pub in Helpringham.

But this record attempt is very close to their heart, as they bid to raise money for Brain Tumour Research – after seeing Billingborough player Wayne Chessum have two tumours removed within the last two years.

Newman said: “There are strict conditions to setting a world record and we need several witnesses, including one official one, that is someone within the sport who will stay throughout the whole event.

“Also, if it can be arranged, a sports timer that can be in view of the camera at all times.

“Guinness World Records have agreed that two of us can do it and be joint holders of the record so obviously we are aiming for over 48 hours.”

Wells added: “Wayne is now back fully fit and enjoying the experience of playing in the first team. The cricket club has been directly affected by seeing what he has been through and we would like to raise money so that hopefully other people can have the quickest and best treatment possible.

“We want to give something back to the brain tumour research team because their research has helped Wayne hugely.”

The duo will undertake their record attempt at Northgate Sports Hall in Sleaford. It will get under way at noon on Thursday, January 30.

They are now looking for a steady string of bowlers to work in shifts and for witnesses to verify the record attempt.

They would like players from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire or Leicestershire first class counties to start the challenge off by bowling a few overs.

For further details ring Newman on 07984 908234.