Norwich clergy win Norfolk version of the Ashes
2009: In Norfolk's own version of The Ashes, the clergy of the Diocese of Norwich scored a crushing victory over the Funeral Directors of Norfolk in last night's nail-biting match cricket match.
With a clear victory margin of 22 runs, the clergy accepted the winning trophy of a collection plate, together with a bottle of champagne, from the defeated captain, Paul Allcock of Allcock Family Funeral Services. The final score was 114 runs for 10 for the clergy, and 92 runs for 6 for the Funeral Directors, who ran out of time. The game ended with a rousing chorus of 'Abide with Me'.
The clergy team included the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Revd James Langstaff; the Bishop of Norwich's Chaplain, the Revd Simon Ward; and the youngest female priest in the Diocese, the Revd Lizzie Shipp, Curate of Wymondham. The team of Funeral Directors was headed by Paul Allcock, whose father, Terry, played cricket for Lancashire as well as football for Bolton Wanderers and Norwich City.
"The clergy clearly had the Light on their side," said Paul Allcock as the evening match drew to a close.
The Revd Andrew Tyler, Assistant Priest at Christ Church, Eaton, who organised the match after throwing down the gauntlet at the Norfolk Funeral Directors Association Annual Dinner, said: "Clergy and Funeral Directors work closely together, but usually in sombre situations. It was good to meet in less serious circumstances and to enjoy each other's company with some light-hearted rivalry. I think this has just become an annual event."