MCC Foundation to host World Record attempt for longest indoor cricket match
The MCC Foundation, the charitable arm of MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club), is hosting a World Record attempt for the longest indoor cricket match, and the longest continuous match of any kind at Lord’s.
On Sunday 19th August, players from Cross Arrows Cricket Club, a club that traditionally plays its matches on the Nursery Ground at Lord’s, will attempt to play a continuous cricket match in the MCC Cricket Academy to beat the current official record which stands at 25 hours and 59 minutes. They will joined by former England captain and MCC Foundation Patron, Mike Gatting, for the first few hours.
The match will begin at 10am and consist of a maximum of eight players on each side. The sixteen players involved will be allowed restricted breaks during the record attempt, but any sleep will have to be taken on the sidelines during periods when they aren’t required to bat or field.
Umpires and scorers, many of whom will be MCC staff and fellow Cross Arrows players, will undertake their duties for four hours at a time.
The event is being held to raise money for the MCC Foundation, which was founded in 1993. Since 2011, it has been growing a network of Cricket Hubs across the UK to provide free cricket coaching for state-educated children aged 11 to 15.
In addition to the nationwide Hubs programme, the Foundation recently announced a partnership with MCC to develop cricket in Nepal through a new Legacy Tours programme. Nepal has huge playing potential but limited infrastructure, and the Foundation will raise funds to work with Nepali partners to leave a legacy off the pitch, through development of facilities and local infrastructure.
Abi Carter, MCC Foundation Director, said: “We all know how it feels to walk back disconsolately to the Pavilion when we’re out, or to wish we’d bowled the crucial last over of a match differently, so what better way to lift the spirits than to be able to bat (and bowl) over and over again, and for a great cause!
“We don’t intend to just beat the record, we intend to smash it. Thankfully most of our players are MCC staff who are used to putting in the big hours during a Test match, so I have every faith that they will be successful and generate even more support for the Foundation.”
About the Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation
The MCC Foundation was founded in 1993 as the charitable arm of MCC. Since 2011, the Foundation has been growing a network of Cricket Hubs across the UK to provide free high quality cricket coaching for state-educated children, primarily targeting those aged 11-15. Of the 3.3 million young people in state secondary schools, just 1% - around 36,000 - regularly play cricket.
There are currently 51 Hubs across England, Scotland, and Wales, providing over 2,000 children with the opportunity to play a high standard of cricket in a challenging yet supportive environment. In some areas, the Hubs are helping participants break through into highly competitive district and county teams, whilst in areas where cricket is less popular, the main aim of the Hub is to provide an opportunity for young people to remain involved in the game.
As the Foundation continues to run its nationwide Cricket Hubs initiative, it will also be working closely with MCC to develop cricket in Nepal, both on and off the pitch.
To find out more about the charitable work of the MCC Foundation, please visit http://mccfoundation.co.uk or e-mail [email protected]
There is an online fundraising page for this world record attempt which can be accessed by visiting https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/8550/
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