The World’s Longest Cricket Marathon
The world’s longest cricket marathon of all time was held in Leicestershire, England for 150 hours straight by the Loughborough University Staff Cricket Club. This astonishing event was held in 2012, in an effort to raise money for cancer.
Circumstances of the game
The group of people that were trying to get this game set up were going to attempt to play for as long as they possibly could, with one clear goal in mind: 105 hours of nonstop cricket. The match ended up netting a lot of money for the cancer research organization they were trying to raise money for. In fact, they ended up getting over £10,000 in donations for their drastic physical feat. June of 2012 marked a historic time period for cricket lovers, with the record finally being confirmed by the Guinness World Record branch just a few months after the event.
Actual world record title
If you’ve ever read the Guinness Book of World Records, then you’re probably wondering which category and title this record falls under. You can see the record here, and that it’s under the simple title of “longest cricket marathon.” (Coincidentally, the previous record was won in England as well, in the city of Bedfordshire which was also a multiple day match.)
The 2012 cancer research fundraising, world record marathon was held at the College Rubber Crumb. The final score of the game finished with 6,382 runs from the Crusaders to the Waghray's Warriors 6,346 runs. The highest scorer in the game was Surender Mohandass, who managed to get over 320 runs in the game, an astounding triumph for ULCC’s star player. This cricket club managed to beat the previous record by 45 hours.
When will the next record be broken?
Due to the unbelievable record broken in 2012, the odds of a new one being broken are probably slim to none in the next 10 years. Looking back at the list of records that have been broken for the world’s longest cricket marathon, nearly every single victory was achieved by clubs in either Australia or the United Kingdom. This tells us that if the record is broken again, it’ll likely be by either a British or Australian club (which makes sense, due to the amount of cricket that’s played in these areas of the world).
However, there has to be a limit to the amount of cricket (or any sport) a human being can play consecutively without sleep. A solid 150 hours of nonstop play seems strikingly long, and I truly can’t see that record being broken until the day arrives that they invent nootropics that allow people to stay awake and full of energy for that amount of time. Due to the amount of changes in the world record in the last decade though, crazy as it may seem, we may actually see that record broken again sometime soon.
Why are all the records crushed in Australia and the UK?
The most fascinating piece of this story is actually the piece that isn’t even there. The record has never once been broken in the very country where cricket is the most popular: India. In India, cricket is a hallowed sport, with a near-religious fan following. It’s hard to believe no records have been set there, and people are baffled as to why.
There are a few reasons why the records might often fall in these countries rather than in countries like India. First of all, the UK and Australia both have more wealthy communities, allowing people to play more for charity events. Why would people play a 150 hour game if they weren’t trying to raise money for a charity? As wealthier countries, the UK and Australia are more likely to have charities going with long cricket games being played.
In addition, even though cricket is far more popular in India, there are more actual clubs in Australia and the UK. You’ll find that the more money these countries have, the more time they usually have to dedicate to playing cricket.
In the end, it’s all about a good cause
Overall, you have to be impressed with the record that was set here, and what ULCC achieved. They played 45 hours more than the previous record - that’s almost two complete extra days! The most important thing to remember is that these teams strained their bodies to the point of exhaustion to help others truly in need. ULCC get some much-deserved bragging rights for the foreseeable future, and raised a ton of money for cancer research in the process.