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Cricket match in Loughborough sets longest world record

Members of Loughborough University Staff Cricket Club
Image caption The marathon game was played at Loughborough College in Leicestershire

A Leicestershire cricket team have set a new world record for playing the longest ever match.

Loughborough University Staff Cricket Club began their game on 24 June with the aim of playing more than 105 hours of continuous cricket.

The team broke the record on Thursday but continued playing until they reached 150 hours, on Saturday.

The match, played at Loughborough College, has raised more than £10,000 for a children's cancer charity.

'Corks were popped'

Christopher Hughes, from Loughborough University Staff Cricket Club, said: "It was wonderful to be able to finally break the record [on Thursday]. We struggled into Friday but then realised we had one more sleep.

"Quite a few champagne corks were popped on Saturday."

Guinness World Records will confirm the achievement over the coming months after the club sends video evidence and witness statements.

According to the organisation, the previous record was held by members of Blunham Cricket Club in Bedfordshire who played for 105 hours from 26 to 30 August 2010.

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