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Rodley Cricket Club in UK claims to have bowled world record 2,000 overs in 24 hours

The Rodley Cricket Club’s achievement of bowling 2,000 overs in 24 hours is yet to be verified by officials from the Guinness World Records.

cricket Updated: Aug 14, 2017 11:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
The Rodley Cricket Club has claimed a new world record. Picture is for representative purposes only.
The Rodley Cricket Club has claimed a new world record. Picture is for representative purposes only. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Rodley Cricket Club in Leeds has supposedly set the world record for the most overs delivered in a time frame of 24 hours. As many as 2,000 overs were bowled in 24 hours by the cricketers at the club to have a crack at the world record.

The Rodley Cricket Club already holds the record of bowling most overs in an eight-hour period — as many as 734 — according to the Yorkshire Evening Post and now, it has attempted to set the record for most overs in a 24-hour span. According to BBC, the club recorded 2,000 overs being bowled in that duration.

The club’s social secretary Alex Riddell said it had broken the record by 11.30 British Standard Time (BST), when it was supposed to end the proceedings in the evening at 18.00 BST. Riddell claimed he himself bowled the 2,000th over at 06.50 BST.

“I bowled the 2,000th over at 06:50 and then went to sleep on the sofa for an hour and a half. I’m really, really pleased but really, really tired,” Riddell said. “We bowled like maniacs overnight and we beat 2,000,” he added.

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The attempt to create the world record was held during the club’s annual open weekend in order to raise money for its junior cricket teams. Even though the proceedings were recorded and logged by official umpires, the Guinness World Record officials are yet to verify it.

After breaking the record of most overs in an eight-hour period earlier, the club was eager to aim for the world record in a 24-hour cycle.

“We love a challenge. After smashing last year’s amazing world record we thought: ‘How can we top that this year?’ The answer was obvious — go bigger and better!”, Riddell said.

A junior cricketer named Matthew Bradbury reportedly took part in the initiative despite a broken wrist.

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The chairman of the Bradford and District League club, Steve Bradbury said, “It’s amazing that we could be double Guinness World Record holders. Until three years ago we had no clubhouse, 30 players and no junior teams. Now we’re proud to have a cracking clubhouse, three senior teams and five junior sides with over 80 kids playing cricket regularly.”

First Published: Aug 14, 2017 11:41 IST

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