Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

PM helps cricketer to world record

David Cameron was among more than 200 people who sent down deliveries to Alby Shale during a 26-hour net session at the Oval
David Cameron was among more than 200 people who sent down deliveries to Alby Shale during a 26-hour net session at the Oval

David Cameron has won himself a place in the record books - after helping propel a young cricketer to a new world best.

The Prime Minister was among more than 200 people who sent down deliveries to Alby Shale during a 26-hour net session at The Oval in July to raise money for an international cricket ground in Rwanda.

It has now been recognised as the longest by Guinness World Records which notes on its website that he faced a total of 6,062 deliveries " a few of which were bowled by British Prime Minister David Cameron (UK)".

Hailing the achievement, Mr Cameron wrote on Twitter: "The 26-hour cricket net that I took part in for @RwandaCricket has been confirmed as a Guinness World Record!"

The event raised £12,000 for the Rwandan Cricket Stadium Foundation which aims to build a dedicated home for the sport in the African country.

While the charity's website said Mr Cameron deployed "canny left arm swing", he previously suffered a public ribbing over his technique from Test Match Special presenter Jonathan Agnew.

Aggers accused him of bowling "a couple of pies" at the youngster - prompting him to admit that after playing mainly with a tennis ball in the garden with his children he needed "remedial work".

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