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East London multi-faith team set for Vatican trip

ESSEX CRICKET will embark on a trip to play a very special and memorable cricket match in the Vatican City.

The trip came about after talks with St Peter’s Cricket Club, the Pope’s cricket team from the Vatican City, about Essex Cricket supporting them during their cricket tour to the UK in September 2016, called the Tour of Light.

A match against an East London Multi-Faith team was very much a want on the agenda, and with over 50% of the Essex Club’s core cricket work being run in very diverse and multi-faith cricket communities, it was a match made… well, in Heaven. The game was held soon after the team landed at Stansted Airport on Sunday, 11th September.

St Peter’s CC were very impressed by the whole experience as they played a game against a team that represented five different faiths, and the hosts, Walthamstow Cricket Club, went out of their way to put on great hospitality. The day was topped up with two former Essex Captains in attendance, Graham Gooch and the late Doug Insole.

During this summer, Essex Cricket were contacted by Fathers from the Vatican Cricket Team and asked about the possibility of reciprocating Essex’s invitation. They offered the Essex Multi-Faith team a trip to visit the Vatican, which was gratefully accepted.

The team departed today. The match against St. Peter’s Cricket Club will take place on Saturday, 14th October.

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