VATICAN: St Peter's of Brighton to take on St Peter's of the Vatican

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Vatican-based St Peter’s Cricket Club will be playing their Brighton-based cricketing namesakes as part of a tour of England which will also see them challenge teams of royals, military chaplains and writers.

The match takes place next Sunday 14th September at Preston Park-based St Peter’s Cricket Club, and the match promises to be one of the most exciting events in the club’s 131 year history.

The event came about after the Club's Chairman David Corney was shown a newspaper article about the newly formed Vatican XI which shared his team’s name and then contacted the club’s organiser.

Sussex County Cricket Club has given its support by donating 500 seats, dug-outs and mascot Sid the Shark for the day, and the match promises to be an action-packed event with a full PA system, barbeques and marquees set up.

Prior to the main event at 2.30pm, Catholic schools in the city will compete against each other while the Vatican XI will warm up by saying mass at St Mary’s Church in Surrenden Road and visit to the Royal Pavilion.

During their week-long tour, the Vatican XI will be playing against a Church of England Anglican XI at Canterbury, a team of authors and journalists at Ascott House in Buckinghamshire, the Chaplains of Armed Forces XI at Aldershot and the Royal Household in Windsor.

For more information please click HERE to visit the St Peter's CC (Brighton) site or for the Vatican XI’s own Facebook site.

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