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Blunham cricketers set new world record

Members of Blunham Cricket Club fought fatigue and bad weather to play for 105 hours

Cricketers at a Bedfordshire club are celebrating after reclaiming the record for the world's longest cricket match.

Blunham Cricket Club's first and second teams went head-to-head for 105 hours, batting and bowling around the clock for five days.

The first ball was bowled at 10am on Thursday 26 August and stumps were drawn at 7pm on Monday 30 August, 2010.

The teams played through torrential rain, wind and tiredness to beat the previous record of 100 hours.

Ian Smith (Chairman Bedfordshire Cricket Assoc) with captain Neil Wildon

Blunham Cricket Club held the record in 2008 after notching up 59 hours and 33 minutes continuous play, but they were outdone the following year by a club in New South Wales, Australia, which batted through 66 hours.

Not to be outdone, Cornwall Cricket Club in Auckland, New Zealand, upped the ante with a fixture reaching 100 hours in January.

Neil Wildon from the club, told BBC Three Counties:

"We played through five days and four nights with no break at all.

"The weather, and particularly the persistent rain we had for the first 24 hours, made it very very hard work but the crowd support from the local community made it so worthwhile."

The record breaking game raised around £17,000. The money will go towards the completion of a new club pavilion and a number of charities, principally Breast Cancer Research, Orchid (testicular, penile and prostate cancer research) and St. Johns Hospice, Moggerhanger.



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