Cricket World Players Of The Week - Dave Newman & Richard Wells

Dave Newman, Richard Wells
Richard Wells (left) and Dave Newman celebrate their record-breaking feat
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Many cricketers around the world played more than once this week but our Cricket World Players Of The Week broke a world record by batting continuously for 48 hours.

Dave Newman and Richard Wells, of Billingborough Cricket Club, batted in adjoining nets from 12pm on 30th January to 12pm on 1st February.

In the process, they smashed the previous best effort of 26 hours although this will need to be verified by Guinness for it to be an official world record.

The pair are raising money for Brain Tumour Research and Cricket World were in Sleaford to help with the filming and promoting of the event.

"It is not often that we look outside of the top level of international cricket for our weekly award, but Richard and Dave are more than worthy of the accolade," Cricket World editor John Pennington says.

"Batting for 48 hours is equivalent to more than 15 One-Day International innings on the trot and I have to applaud their skill, determination and stamina to keep going for so long."

World Record Net

Richard and Dave were raising funds for Brain Tumour Research after team-mate Wayne Chessum was daignosed with a brain tumour 2008.

The current world record stands at 26 hours. If verified by Guinness, the pair will have almost doubled that.

Matthew Hoggard, Joinin's Global Cricket Community ambassador bowled the first ball and returned when the record was broken.

Keep an eye on our dedicated world record net page which will include more photos and videos from the event.

They faced in excess of 16,000 balls (facing a Test match's worth every four hours) and were helped out by a huge number of team-mates, officials and supporters.

They also faced Matthew Hoggard, who bowled the first ball in his capacity as Joinin's Global Cricket Community Ambassador.

Other contenders for the award in what was, nevertheless, a busy week in the world of cricket, were Kane Williamson, who made it five half-centuries in five ODIs against India, Mahela Jayawardene, who scored a double-century against Bangladesh and Cameron White, who broke the record for the number of runs scored in a bilateral Twenty20 International series.

However, we have decided to give the world record breakers a little closer to home another reason to celebrate.

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