Church of England picks cricket team to face Vatican first XI


Church of England will play the Vatican XI to raise awareness of modern-day slavery.
Archbishop Justin Welby meets the Vatican First XI during his visit to Rome.

The Church of England has chosen its team that will face the Vatican XI in a historic cricket match to raise awareness of slavery and human trafficking on 19 September.

The match at Kent County Cricket Club will be used to raise funds for the Anglican-Roman Catholic anti-trafficking initiative, the Global Freedom Network.

Entrance will be free but there will be a bucket collection during the match, which will be followed by a gala dinner to raise further funds.

Taking on the Vatican XI will be:

  • The Revd Jez Barnes, captain (batsman and slow bowler)
  • Will Foulger (seam bowler and lower- order batsman)
  • The Revd Rob Glenny (opening bowler and lower-order batsman)
  • The Revd Steve Gray (top-order batsman, wicket-keeper)
  • Jonny Hughes (wicket-keeper and middle- order batsman)
  • Chris Kennedy (opening batsman and seam bowler)
  • The Revd Matt Lefroy (bowler)
  • Chris Lion (top-order batsman and leg-spin bowler)
  • Rob Oram (batsman)
  • Jim Robinson (middle-order batsman)
  • John Summers (middle-order batsman)
  • Andy Watkins (seam bowler and middle- order batsman)

Read more about the team on the Church Times website.

Read more about the Global Freedom Network.

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