The clergy cricket team have finished the season in style in a tournament at Headingley, the home of Yorkshire Cricket.
The Pakistan Consulate in Bradford organised the tournament to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence.
In a reduced overs match, Leeds Diocese put on 106 in 12 overs. The Bradford Community team were all out for 81 in reply. Graham Buttanshaw (Incumbent of Otley), John Bavington (Vicar of Great Horton, Bradford) and Johnson all retired on reaching 25. There were wickets for Buttanshaw ( 3), Johnson ( 2) and Joe Bavington ( 2) .
Captain, Phil Arnold, Vicar of Calverley , said that after the disappointment of being knocked out of the Church Times Cricket Cup at the semi-final stage, it was a great way to finish the season. “To be invited to play at Headingley was a great opportunity. We may not have made the final this year, but our final match was certainly one to remember.”
It has been another good year for the team, making the semi-final before bowing out to the Diocese of London, who play Lichfield this Thursday September 14 in the final in London.
Phil commented. “Clergy cricket is a great opportunity for enthusiasts to enjoy a game of cricket. We cover the whole diocese, the whole church tradition, and the whole range of cricket ability! And we aim for everyone to get a game, so if you’d like to join us next year, please get in touch.”