It’s on. The rivalry that was born when Henry VIII raised his finger to the Catholic Church and sent it back to the pavilion has reached its ultimate, inevitable expression: a cricket match.

In Rome on Friday, the Anglican Church officially accepted the challenge laid down by the Vatican’s new cricket team.

In September next year, at cricket’s holiest of holies (Lord’s Cricket Ground), two teams of priests from the former rival, now remarkably friendly Christian churches will vie for a yet-to-be-named trophy.

They’re thinking of calling it the Augustine Cup, after the Roman monk who became the first Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Vatican’s cricket team was set up earlier this year, the brainchild of Australia’s ambassador to the Holy See, John McCarthy, under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

So far about 100 priests have expressed an interest in the club, and in April next year, six teams will play an internal competition to help pick out the members of the Vatican XI. The club will play in the yellow and white Vatican colours, with the keys of St Peter their emblem…. see more

source: theage