A NEW world record has been set in Salisbury for the longest singles game of indoor bowls.

Jamie Reynolds, 29, and David Leighfield, 27, set the new record of 32 hours at Five Rivers Indoor Bowls Club on Sunday, all in aid of the Stars Appeal.

They beat the previous record of 30 hours, set in New Zealand.

The record attempt started at 8.10am on Saturday morning, and finished at 4.10pm on Sunday afternoon, beating the previous record by two hours.

They played 445 ends - the longest game of standard bowls would only have 21 - with the final score 389 - 382 to David.

Jamie said: "We wanted the challenge of setting a new world record, but the most important reason for this was that we wanted to raise money for the Stars Appeal.

"I have been looked after and mended in Salisbury Hospital and both of my children were born there.

"We both have lots of family and friends that have needed the help from the hospital and all the staff there do a fantastic job. We wanted to give something back."

Jamie is a Bombardier in 19 Regiment The Scottish Gunners based at Larkhill, and lives in Salisbury, and David is an Engineering Buyer working for Renault F1 team in Oxford, but was born and raised in Salisbury.

Over the two days they had around 30 people in the venue supporting and helping out, as well as a team of timekeepers and witnesses to help with the evidence required for the official record.

The guys say without them, the record wouldn't have been possible.

As well as raising money for charity, Jamie said they also wanted to change people's view of the game.

He said: "We wanted to help raise the profile of our sport. It's often subject to the stereotype of being for the older generations, played in all white clothing and very friendly.

"While some people play for social reasons, a lot play the sport exclusively for the competition and the chance to win titles and prize money. The competition is fierce when playing in these tournaments."

The game was broken down into four hour sessions of constant play, followed by a 20 minute break.

The attempt was made harder by the warm weather, with the heat over the weekend making the indoor arena very difficult to play in.

To donate to Jamie and David's cause, go to justgiving.com/fundraising/jamie-reynolds12?newPage=True.