It's Red Row v world in David's memory

A sports-mad village is gearing up for a bumper weekend of fundraising featuring an attempt to set a world record for the longest continuous cricket match.

From left: Martin Smith, Alan MacKenzie and Paul Smith

A sports-mad village is gearing up for a bumper weekend of fundraising featuring an attempt to set a world record for the longest continuous cricket match.

Keen batsmen and bowlers in Red Row, Northumberland, hope to play non-stop for an amazing 34 hours to extract some Ashes revenge by smashing the record of 33 hours and 30 minutes held by a team in Brisbane, Australia.

The two-day marathon match - on Saturday and Sunday May 26 and 27 - will be the centrepiece of a weekend of activities in the village in the hope of raising about £25,000 for Asthma UK.

The events are being staged in memory of Red Row cricket club player David Griffiths, 20, who died during an asthma attack at work at an Amble food factory last December.

Adjudicators and timekeepers from Guinness World Records will be present to authenticate the record if the two teams of 12 players manage to complete the marathon, which will start at 9am on the Saturday and finish about 7pm the next day.

Now organisers have revealed the full programme of activities for the bank holiday weekend, when floodlights will be brought in from a local opencast site to allow play to continue all night.

Many local businesses and organisations are backing the weekend, which will include children's activities, musical entertainment, a forge workshop by local blacksmith Stephen Lunn and the inaugural Druridge Bay 10km charity fun run on the Sunday, with a £10 entry fee. Event spokesman Bruce Jobson said: "We have had tremendous support from Northern Rock, Northumbrian Water, UK Coal, Cheviot Foods, Morrisons supermarket, Castle Morpeth Council and Northumberland County Council.

"We've also received a letter of support and a donation from the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland.

"Australia holds the current record for continuous cricket, but the lads from Red Row are determined to restore England's pride and regain it as a fitting memorial to David Griffiths."

The record attempt was the brainchild of Red Row cricket stalwart Alan Mackenzie, 50, of Cheviot Crescent, Hadston, who worked with David at the Cheviot Foods factory.

He said: "This whole idea is aimed at honouring David's memory and helping Asthma UK to raise awareness and carry out research."

David, who lived with his parents John and Linda in Acklington, had suffered from chronic asthma since he was a baby.

Mr and Mrs Griffiths raised almost £1,000 for asthma sufferers after their son's death.

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