Cricket joy for Paul

October 01 2018
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HE may be better known for his appearances in the pulpit but Downend vicar Rev Paul Peterson is equally at home on the cricket pitch.

The Associate Minister at Christ Church was part of a team of Bristol clergy who won the coveted Church Times Cricket Cup.

 The competition, established in 1951, sees teams of vicars from across the country compete against each other for a place in the final at Southgate in North London in September.

 Having defeated Oxford and then Lichfield in the knockout rounds, Bristol came up against the might of London in this year’s final – the team who had won the competition in each of the last six seasons.

Batting first, London racked up 197 all out in their 40 overs; a formidable target in late-season conditions.

Paul, who plays most of his cricket for Bradley Stoke Cricket Club, opened the innings but was out caught for 22 on the stroke of tea, with more than  150 runs still needed.

The hero of the hour was Sam Rylands, a student at Trinity Theological College in Clifton who judged the situation perfectly to score an undefeated 89, taking Bristol to its first ever victory in the competition with two overs to spare.

 The newly-appointed Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Rev Vivienne Faull, was on hand to witness the victory.

Paul said: “It was a really competitive game between two evenly-matched sides. The team spirit built up during our campaign this year was a key factor in us winning out in the end.”

Paul’s greater passion is helping people of all ages discover more of the Christian faith, and will be co-leading the Alpha Course at Christ Church, which starts with an introductory supper on Monday  October 1. Phone 0117 3307673 or contact alpha@christchurchdownend.com for more details.