World's longest cricket marathon
The World's Longest Cricket Marathon, now officially known as the Longest Marathon Playing Cricket, is a world record of the longest time continuously playing the game of Cricket between two teams.
It is held by Blunham Cricket Club from Bedfordshire in England. The club played for 105 hours from 10am Thursday 26 August 2010 until stumps were drawn at 7pm on Monday 30 August 2010. Guinness World records ratified the attempt on 8 April 2011. The club played in pink and purple to highlight cancer charities for both men and women.
In June 2012, Loughborough University Staff Cricket Club attempted to break the World Record by playing continuous cricket for over 150 hours. The attempt took place from 24 June till 30 June at the Loughborough College Rubber Crumb. The attempt will be raising money for a local cancer charity, Harley Staples Cancer Trust. The team is awaiting verification from Guinness.
Previous record holders (ratified)
- The record was originally set by Cricket Club des Ormes in France - 26 hours and 13 minutes in 2003
- Cheriton Fitzpaine Cricket Club, Devon, England - 27 hours 34 minutes set on 24 to 25 June 2006 and ratified on 19 September 2006
- Citipointe Church/Global Care, Mansfield, Brisbane, Qld, Australia - 33 hours 30 minutes set on June 10 to 11, 2006.
- Red Row Cricket Club, Northumberland, England - 34 hours set on 26 to 27 May 2007
- Chestfield Cricket Club, Chestfield, Kent, England - 35 hours
- Citipointe Church, Mansfield, Brisbane, Qld, Australia - 50 hours 18 minutes at Sel Outridge Park, Redland Bay, Qld. About $5000 was raised for the 'She Rescue Homes" in Cambodia - homes for ex-prostituted girls.
- Cornwall CC of Auckland, New Zealand - 55 hours
- Blunham Cricket Club, Bedfordshire, England - 59 hours 33 minutes set on 19–21 September 2008, ratified 3 December 2008.
- Raymond Terrace District Cricket Club (RTDCC), at Raymond Terrace, New South Wales, Australia - 66 hours and 16 minutes on 24 to 27 January 2009
- New South Wales Police Force officers, at Pat Morley Oval, Bateau Bay, NSW, Australia - 67 hr 9 min on 8–11 February 2009
- Cornwall CC of Auckland, New Zealand. The match lasted for 100 hours and was played between 3 and 7 January 2010. The record was achieved by CCC at their home ground at Cornwall Park in Auckland, New Zealand and raised over $7,000 for Starship Children's Hospital. Over 50 innings were played and more than 10,428 balls bowled.
The record is the amount of cumulative playing time, after breaks are discounted, of a continuous game of cricket.
- Breaks are limited to 5 minutes per 1 hour of playing time
- There are two teams and these teams are limited to 12-a-side (11 on the field plus one "sub")
- No player is permitted to leave the ground unless they are incapacitated
- A break is not permitted between innings.
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- World's Longest Cricket Marathon - Blunham CC, Bedfordshire, UK