Summer of Success for Salisbury Sportsmen

by Gerry Lynch last modified 03 Jul, 2013 12:45 PM

Diocesan golfers help C of E beat the Church of Scotland for the first time in 10 years, while cricketers' cup charge ends in agonisingly close semi-final defeat.

Summer of Success for Salisbury Sportsmen

The Revd Andy Rimmer, Team Vicar of Camford Magna, was a key run-maker for Sarum throughout the Church Times cup, with another half century in the semi-final defeat to London.

Golfing and cricketing clergy from the Diocese are celebrating after kicking off the summer with a series of sporting triumphs.

In June, the Church of England golf team won its annual challenge match against the Church of Scotland for the first time in 10 years. As befits the national church of the land where golf was invented, the Kirk has long been a power on the greens and fairways, so victory for the boys from south of the border was particularly sweet.

Three priests in the Diocese were members of the victorious C of E squad - Canon Antony Macrow-Wood, Team Rector of the North Poole Ecumenical Team; the Revd Andrew Sinclair, Vicar of Verwood; and team captain the Ven Paul Taylor, Archdeacon of Sherborne.

At the same time, the Diocesan cricketers had a strong run of form in the early rounds of the Church Times Cricket Cup, with play at times described by the newspaper as at times 'inspirational'.

After comfortably beating Exeter and the Military Chaplains XI in the group stage of the competition, the team faced Winchester in the quarter finals, where they cruised home with six wickets to spare.

That earned the Sarum XI a home semi-final place against the big battalions of London at Marlborough on 1 July. In last year's competition, London suffered only the narrowest of defeats in the final.

Batting first, the home team set London a reasonable target of 166-9 off their 40 overs. In their innings, London kept pace with the target without ever moving clear of it, resulting in a nail biting finish, where the boys from the capital eked out a win with just 3 balls and 2 wickets to spare.

Team member, the Revd Patrick King, Assistant Curate in the Dorchester Benefice, said, "While we're obviously disappointed to have missed out so narrowly on a place in the final, we're delighted with the way we played throughout the tournament, and to have pushed the semi-final to such a thrilling climax."

Founded in 1992, the Salisbury Diocesan Cricket Club has won the Church Times Cup twice, in 2005 and 2009. Two founder members still appear regularly - wicket-keeper Pip Martin, Vicar of Alderholt, and club secretary David Seymour, Vicar of Sturminster Newtown, Hinton St Mary and Lydlinch.

The final of the Church Times Cricket Cup will see Lichfield take on London at Southgate on Thursday 5 September.

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