St Peter’s, the Vatican Cricket Team, opened up their 4th Light of Faith Tour of England with a spectacular victory against Stonyhurst Gentlemen’s XI.
The Vatican XI paid a visit to Stonyhurst College earlier this week and staff and alumni from the famous British school formed a special Stonyhurst Gentlemen’s XI for the occasion. The Vatican XI comprises priests and seminarians from across the Commonwealth who study and work in Rome and the Vatican.
A substantial crowd gathered at Stonyhurst to watch the match which was evenly balanced throughout, both sides reaching 90 runs for the loss of only one wicket. The Vatican XI batted first, posting a total of 139 runs for three wickets lost. A masterclass of disciplined and at times heroic fielding contained a spirited Stonyhurst run chase, with Stonyhurst reaching 121 runs with three wickets lost at the end of their twenty overs.
John Browne, headmaster at Stonyhurst College, said: “We were honoured that the Vatican Cricket Team chose Stonyhurst for the first fixture on their tour. It was a perfect day for a cricket match, set against the stunning backdrop of the Ribble Valley and with not a cloud in the sky.”
Meanwhile, Fr Sameer Advani LC, of the St Peter’s Cricket team, said: “Our visit to Stonyhurst College was a fantastic way to begin our 4th Light of Faith Tour of England. We were extremely impressed by the strength of character and ability on display at Stonyhurst. We were also astonished and humbled by the richness of the history on display in the Stonyhurst Museums and Collections, surely one of the most wonderful teaching and learning resources of any school in the world. We will always remember the light of Stonyhurst and hope to one day welcome the team to Rome for a re-match.”
Picture: The fixture was the first of the 4th Light of Faith tour.