Brighton’s St. Peter’s hosted their namesakes from the Vatican on Sunday 14 September in a thrilling T20 game.
This friendly fixture was part of the warm up as the Vatican team, formed of priest and seminarians, prepare to face a Church of England XI as the climax of their Light of Faith Tour.
The hosts pulled out all the stops with support from Sussex CCC to lay on a huge welcome to their visitors. Seating was provided by the County Club and Sid the Shark made a guest appearance. Ample supplies of food were provided by a barbecue, a cake stand and the drink stand as well as a bar.
Although a little overcast at times, the weather stayed fine and the home side batted first. After the early loss of Simon Coe, captain Alex Coomber came to the crease and hit a swash-buckling 56 from 33 balls. He was supported by opener James Hope (36) and Duncan Andrews (33) as the Brighton team made an impressive 168 from their allotted 20 overs. The pick of the bowlers was Jomcy, with 1 for 17 of his 4 overs.
In reply, the visitors found they could not match the required run rate and lost wickets in trying to make progress. Top scorer was Ruwan Tharaka with an unbeaten 30 as the Vatican made 114 for 8, 55 runs short of the target. The best of the bowling came from Rodney Mutiah with an astonishing 2 for 5 from 3 overs.
Overall it was a hugely enjoyable family day out and both clubs made many new friends.