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Shale nets world record

Alby Shale secured a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous batting session in a cricket net of 26 hours.

Shale, who was raising money for the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation, faced a total of 6,062 balls - the equivalent of 1010.2 overs - at the Kia Oval. The charity was the brainchild of Alby's father Christopher, who died aged just 56 in 2011.

He faced deliveries from the charity's patrons Prime Minister David Cameron, BBC Commentator Jonathan Agnew, Andrew Mitchell MP and Lord Chadlington, as well as cricketers past and present Ravi Bopara, Steve Elworthy, Tom Moody and Paul Allott.

Shale said: "The idea of the world-record attempt was conceived after a few drinks at the pub, which pretty much tells you everything you need to know.

“It wasn't very sensible, but I guess that was the point. We set out to raise awareness of the Rwandan Cricket Stadium foundation, and I think we certainly did that.

“I am chuffed to be able to call myself a world-record holder, but it wouldn't have been possible without the RCSF team, and the wonderful volunteers who got me through the night.

“The true hero in all this is Christopher Shale, my father, who has done so much for Rwanda, and envisaged building a new international cricket pitch. As soon as it is built, I think he'll rest in peace. This will be his legacy.”

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