Sydney, Dec 2: What do you get when you combine more than 500 school kids, some of Australia's best cricketers, and Bupa support team Head Coach Darren Lehmann all taking part in a giant MILO in2CRICKET lesson on the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)? A Guinness World Records title!
Ahead of the first Victoria Bitter One Day International against New Zealand at the SCG on 4 December, more than 500 keen young cricketers filled the SCG to take part in the attempt to set a new Guinness World Records title for the Largest cricket lesson, a media release from Cricket Australia (CA) said on Friday (December 2).
Led by Darren Lehmann and Peter Siddle on stage, and assisted by Nathan Lyon, Peter Nevill, Hilton Cartwright, Mitch Marsh, Meg Lanning and mascots from the eight KFC Big Bash League clubs, the kids batted, bowled, and fielded their way into the history books during the 30 minute lesson.
"It was a lot of fun out on the SCG today leading this giant MILO in2CRICKET lesson and it was certainly the most cricketers I've ever coached at one time," said Darren Lehmann. "To help set a new world record is great but it was just as exciting to see so many kids getting involved in our great sport."
The attempt was overseen by one of only two official Guinness World Records adjudicators in Australia, while a further 15 witnesses were in attendance to closely judge the day based on strict rules around duration, head count, and participation. In order to break the previous record, 250 participants needed to take part in a 30 minute pre-approved cricket lesson, with all kids performing the same activity at once.
The activities were based on our MILO in2CRICKET and MILO T20 Blast programs which attract more than 600,500 participants each year in schools and clubs across Australia.
Mark Mackaness, General Manager Dairy for Nestlé Australia, said he was proud of MILO's continued commitment to grassroots cricket, which encourages kids to lead healthy, active lives and teaches them the values of sport.
"MILO has been part of the cricket journey for millions of kids around Australia since 1993 and we are excited to be part of this Guinness World Record attempt. We hope this will encourage even more kids to get involved in the game and register for their local MILO in2CRICKET club. "
For more information about MILO in2CRICKET and MILO T20 Blast visit playcricket.com.au. For more information about the Victoria Bitter One Day International Series against New Zealand visit cricket.com.au.