(Durban) – The East Coast Eagles have broken the Guinness World Record for the most hours of non-stop cricket played by one team in an effort to raise much-needed funds for the Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa.
On April 9 and 10, the eleven brave souls batted and bowled for 36 hours straight against 30 different teams during the East Coast Challenge at the Action Sports Centre in Durban North.
Starting at 8am on Saturday morning, they notched up over 3 000 runs before retiring at 8pm on Sunday evening to shatter the existing record of 24 hours.
Team captain and challenge coordinator Nick Ferreira said it had been a really tough 36 hours.
“But every ball and every run has been worth all the pain because we did it together. The amount of support we have received in the build up and during the challenge itself has been overwhelming.”
Describing their feat as “pretty extraordinary”, Ferreira said they had also managed to surpass their fundraising target of R50 000, with the help of corporate sponsors, the community and opposing teams.
“I am also incredibly proud and thankful to every member of my team (and their families who helped behind the scenes) for stepping up to the mark. They have really blown me away with their dedication and commitment to achieving the last 36 hours – three of our team members flew in from Poland, Korea and the UK to help us achieve this epic milestone.”
CHOC Durban regional manager Agie Govender expressed heartfelt gratitude at the awareness and funds raised for the organisation.
“It will assist us to help so many mothers that are unable to receive medical assistance for their children who have been diagnosed with cancer. We cannot thank them enough as well as everyone who formed part of this challenge.”
The team’s next challenge will be to validate their record attempt by submitting video footage from the event and all additional media exposure to Guinness World Records.