Sleep-de­prived cricket sides outdo Aussies

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Scott Morgan

The record book was rewrit­ten at Corn­wall Park last month thanks to a group of ded­i­cated crick­eters.

Twenty-two Corn­wall play­ers bat­tled through 55 hours of con­tin­u­ous cricket, while rais­ing just over $7000 for the Star­ship Foun­da­tion.

The for­mer record of 36 hours was held by a group of English­men, while a group of Aus­tralians played for 50 hours dur­ing Easter.

But the Aus­tralian crick­eters did not have their time recog­nised by Guin­ness World Records be­fore the match at Corn­wall Park.

Event or­gan­iser Mike But­ler, who also cap­tained one of the teams, says the play­ers felt “re­ju­ve­nated” on the fi­nal day with the crowd that showed up to sup­port them.

The group struck some trou­ble dur­ing the marathon match, play­ing on de­spite rain and an in­jury to one of their play­ers.

Chris Whyte frac­tured an eye socket when he was struck by the ball while field­ing dur­ing the first night ses­sion. “It stuffed up our ros­ter plan for when peo­ple would sleep,” says Mike.

And the ex­treme sleep de­pri­va­tion pre­dictably took its toll on the play­ers once the game had fin­ished.

“I got home at 7pm on the Sun­day night and slept for 14 hours,” he says.

“When I woke up I said to my part­ner, ‘Who’s next to pad up?’”

Be­tween them the teams amassed 3558 runs dur­ing the game, while 160 wick­ets were taken and 908 overs were bowled.

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