BREAKING: Dusingizimana sets new world record

Rwanda international cricketer, Eric Dusingizimana has set a new world record longest time spent batting in the net. The national cricket team captain has been batting since Wednesday morning at Amahoro Indoor Stadium, Remera. He spent 51 hours in the nets.
Tony Blair was also at Amahoro indoor stadium to support Dusingizimana.
Tony Blair was also at Amahoro indoor stadium to support Dusingizimana.

Rwanda international cricketer, Eric Dusingizimana has set a new world record for the longest time spent batting in the net.

The national cricket team captain has been batting since Wednesday morning at Amahoro Indoor Stadium, Remera. He spent 51 hours in the nets.

Andrew Mitchel and British High Commissioner to Rwanda, William Gelling take the last balls as ErIc  Dusingizimana sets a new world record for the longest time spent batting in the net.

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Wiliam Gelling, (L), Julienne Uwacu and Andrew Mitchel.

With only 6 minutes left, Eric Dusingizimana looks like he'll play on for more hours.

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FIRM: Only 6 minutes left but Eric Dusingizimana looks like he'll play on for more hours.

Meamwhile, the crowd has been up and cheering as Eric is only minutes from setting a new Guinness World Record for longest time spent batting in the net.

Eric Dusingizimana is now left with 20 minutes to set a new Guinness World Record for longest time spent batting in the net.

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Minutes tick away

10:56am: Eric Dusingizimana is still batting as he attempts to set a new Guinness World Record for longest time spent batting in the net. He has now been batting for 50 hours and 40 minutes.

After breaking the Guinness World Record for longest time spent batting in the net, Dusingizimana now has to set a new World record.

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Some of the supporters that are at Amahoro stadium to witness Eric set a new Guinness World Record for longest time spent batting in the net

10:20:  Eric Dusingizimana has broken  the Guinness World Record for longest time spent batting in the net.

10: 12am: Culture and sports minister, Julienne Uwacu is here to witness the moment. 

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Minister, Julienne Uwacu (C) and Rwanda Cricket Association (RCA) general secretary , Emmanuel Byiringiro follow the action as Eric Dusingizimana attempts to set a new Guinness World Record for longest time spent batting in the net.

10:07am. Dusingizimana is now only 4 minutes away from breaking the World record.

10:00am: Dusingizimana will attempt set a new world record an hour above the current record. He'll have to bat for 51 hours as the current record stands at 50 hours.

9:53am:  Dusingizimana is left with only 29 minutes to break the world record. 

Rwanda international cricketer, Eric Dusingizimana is just minutes away from breaking the Guinness World Record for longest time spent batting in the net.

The national cricket team captain has been batting since Wednesday morning at Amahoro Indoor Stadium, Remera. He’s now spent 50 hours in the nets.

The current Guinness Worlds Record for longest time spent batting in the net is held by an Indian, Virag Male, who batted for 50 hours.

As he’s been batting, bowlers have come from across the world. Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, who is a huge cricket fan bowled on Wednesday morning accompanied by a host of British investors and the UK envoy to Rwanda.

The Sports and Cultural minister, Julienne Uwacu, Miss Rwanda Jolly Mutesi,  Amavubi assistant coach, Jimmy Mulisa also bowled.

Participants of the ongoing World Economic Forum on Africa taking place in Kigali found some time and took part in the bowling sessions.

Cricket fans and the well-wishers have however bowled the most. Some people have spent nights at the Indoor stadium, cheering him on and making sure someone is bowling every other few seconds.

Speaking to the Times Sports before he entered into the competitions, the 29-year old Right Guards cricket club player said he is confident that he will make it and finish all the hours without resting apart from the five minutes given after an hour for refreshment

“We need to build the future of cricket in Rwanda, set up good cricket facilities as well as help improve the sport's image on the international stage. I will not give up till the last ball," Dusingizimana said.

Dusingizimana is one of the most experienced cricketers in Rwanda who started playing cricket in 2006 with Right Guards; he later went on to play for Young Tigers, Impala Titans and Dugout CC until 2014 when he rejoined the Right Guards.

He has been a key member of the national team since 2008 and helped the national team win the ICC division 3 tournaments in Accra, Ghana in 2011.

On the local scene, he has won various tournaments, including the 50-Overs Premier League in 2006 with Right Guards. He also scooped the player of the Tournament award in 2010 while playing for Impala Titans after helping them to the title as well as TwentyT20 in the same year

 

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