Rodley Cricket Club aims to bowl over world record


Owzat! Rodley Cricket Club are attempting to set a marathon cricket record tomorrow at the Canal Bank Sports Ground.

After getting in touch with the Guinness Book of World Records, the team will make an attempt to set the record for the most overs bowled in an eight-hour period.

To have a chance at breaking the Guinness World Record, they will have to deliver no less than 160 overs (960 deliveries) during that time, but are hoping to rise to the challenge.

The Guinness World Record attempt is the brainchild of Rodley Cricket Club Committee Member, Alex Riddell. He said:

“I’m fairly new to cricket, so I guess the idea came from left field. I approached the Guinness Book of World Records and spent time exploring what was possible and what wasn’t. Eventually one of my mad ideas got the green light and now all we have to do is go out and do it!

“Until two years ago, we had no junior teams. We’re now proud to have four and are really excited to give all 60 of our youngsters a chance to take part in something really fun and become world record holders.”

The Guinness World Record attempt will take place between 10am and 6pm on Saturday, 13th August, during The Rodley Cricket Club Open Weekend.

The event will also have bouncy castles, children’s rides, fun cricket games, food stalls, real ale bars and much more.

Steve Bradbury, Chairman at Rodley Cricket Club, said:

“When Alex first told us about his idea, we all thought he was a bit crazy! But all power to Alex for persevering and actually making it happen.

“When we got the go ahead, it seemed only right to make the attempt part of our annual Open Weekend which attracts over a thousand people every year. I really hope we do it!”

On Sunday 14th, the club will also host a ‘Scruffs Dog Show’, which last year attracted over 100 entries.

Rodley Cricket Club was founded in 1957. The club has two senior teams in the Bradford Cricket League and four junior teams in the Aire Wharfe League.

The club recently completed the build of their own Club House with the help of the English Cricket Board and Leeds College of Building, which was the first time a building college in the UK had built a cricket pavilion.

This week Head of Junior Coaching, Mark Sugden, received the Maurice Young Award for ‘Services to Coaching Young People’ at the OSCAs (Outstanding Services to Cricket Awards).

Pictured above is Yorkshire Cricket Captain Andrew Gale with some of the Rodley Juniors at a coaching session this week.


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