Watford wins Bishop's Cup Interfaith Cricket Tournament

Watford wins Bishop's Cup Interfaith Cricket Tournament

Watford wins Bishop's Cup Interfaith Cricket Tournament

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Watford has won this year's Bishop's Cup Interfaith Cricket Tournament.

The tournament, which was between St Albans, Watford and Luton, was set up in 2011 by Reverend Jay McLeod, then interfaith adviser to the Diocese of St Albans.

The teams had at least three different faiths in each team playing together for the trophy of a silver cup which was provided by the bishops of St Albans.

Last year Watford won the tournament and so hosted it this year at Watford Town Cricket Club at Woodside Park.

A bring and share picnic was organised, the variety of the food reflecting the different faiths represented. Mayor Dorothy Thornhill was present.

The teams played three ten-over games, those with the most points played each other for the championship.

Players from Baha'i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh faiths took part.

Watford played St Albans, Watford scoring 107 runs, St Albans 87. St Albans then played Luton, and both scored 74, in a super over St Albans won by 4 runs.

In the third match, Watford scored 74 runs and Luton scored 75. Luton won, but it was decided to toss a coin and a further eight overs game ensued, with Watford scoring 69 to Luton's 55 runs, winning by 14 runs.

The Rev Canon John Kiddle presented the Bishop's Cup to Mir Ejaz, captain of the winning Watford team. 

Tournament organisers thanked Derek Clow, the main umpire, Gulfraz Riaz Watford team coach, and all those who helped on the day.

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