Historic Win for London Cricket Team
Last week, the Dioceses of London and Lichfield faced each other in the Church Times annual cricket final, at the Walker Cricket ground in Southgate. Phillip Dawson, a Church Warden at Christ Church Southgate, which is next to the ground, reports on what turned out to be a close and tense match.
Twenty-two members of the clergy from the Dioceses of London and Lichfield, including two bishops, pulled on their cricket whites and took to the crease at The Walker Ground on Thursday 7th September to compete in the final of the Church Times Cricket Cup.
The Diocese of London won the toss and opted to bat against the backdrop of the beautiful Christ Church Southgate, which was open all day for prayers and inspiration.
The home team clinched victory, for a historic fifth year in a row, in the limited overs match reaching 239-5 to Lichfield’s 228-5, clocking up a record fifth consecutive win for the Diocese of London. Playing for Lichfield, The Right Reverend Mark Rylands, Bishop of Shrewsbury was named Man of the Match after notching up an impressive innings of 77 runs.
Commenting on the stunning win, the Bishop of Edmonton, the Rt Revd Rob Wickham said:
“Double celebrations at the Church Times Cricket Cup final. Congratulations to both the Diocese of London and Lichfield for the nail-biting finish, right through to the final over, but also special congratulations to the home team in their record fifth consecutive triumph.”
The annual inter-diocesan cricket competition is sponsored and organised by the Church of England’s leading weekly newspaper and is now in its 67th year. The final has always been played at The Walker Cricket Ground by kind permission of the Trustees and the Southgate and Southgate Adelaide Cricket Clubs.
The Walker Ground is named after John Walker, the eldest of the seven Walker brothers, who were laid to rest in the family vault in the churchyard of Christ Church Southgate. As well as founding Southgate and Middlesex County Cricket clubs the brothers were also instrumental in establishing the home of the county at Lords in 1877. Find out more about Southgate’s cricketing history online or see the Sports and Physical Activity Network pages to discover more sporting achievements and events with the church in London. Anyone can join the network by using this simple link.
The Diocese of Lichfield Team:
- Andy Cranston Chaplain, Oswestry School
- Clive Gregory, Bishop of Wolverhampton
- Paul Darlington, Vicar, Holy Trinity Oswestry
- Mark Rylands, Bishop of Shrewsbury
- Simon Taylor (VC) Pastor, Christian New Life Centre
- Stephen Morgan, Reader and ordinand
- Andy Ackroyd (c) (wk) Team Rector, Wrockwardine Deanery
- Peter Hart, Vicar of Cannock and Huntingdon, and of Hatherton
- Doug Heming, Priest-in-Charge of Chebsey, Cresswell, Ellenhall, Ranton and Seighford
- Richard Reeve, Team Rector, Tettenhall Regis
- Phil Searle, Permission to Officiate
12th Man: Arthur Hack, Permission to Officiate
The Diocese of London Team:
- Matt Beeby (VC) Associate Vicar, Christchurch Mayfair
- Joe Moffatt, Vicar, St Mary with St Alban, Teddington
- Chris Kennedy, Curate, St Richard’s, Hanworth
- Chris Lee, Vicar, St Saviour’s, Wendell PArk
- Pat Allerton, Associate Vicar, St Dionis’, Parsons Green
- Jamie Child, Associate Vicar, St Helen’s, Bishopsgate
- Andy Watkins, Curate, St Stephen’s, Twickenham
- Tim Rose, Vicar, St Mary Magdalene’s, Littleton
- James Knowles, Associate Vicar, Christchurch, Cockfosters
- Andrew Downes (wk) Vicar, St Mary’s Sunbury
- Ed Kendall (c) Vicar, St Michael and St George, Fulwell
12th Man: Phil Davison, Rector, St Mary’s Finchley
Scorer: Mike Pigden
Umpires : Robert Cole and Andrew Parkins
In the quarter-finals, Lichfield beat Coventry; London beat Bristol. In the semi-finals, Lichfield beat Canterbury-Rochester and London beat Leeds.
Picture Credit Phillip Dawson; The Reverend Dr Chrichton Limbert, Vicar of Southgate with The Right Reverend Rob Wickham, Bishop of Edmonton and the Diocese of London Cricket Team