IMAMS two, vicars nil - that’s how things stand after two cricket matches played between Church of England clergy from the Birmingham diocese and local Muslim leaders.
The second annual game - a competitive but friendly affair - took place at Hampton-in-Arden on Tuesday evening, watched by a crowd of villagers and families of the players.
The event is designed to help build bridges between the Christian and Islamic faiths and promote community cohesion.
In the limited over game, the clergy batted first and made 92 for 6 in their 20 overs. The imams replied with 95 for 5 off 16.2 overs, and so retained the winning trophy.
“They were too hot for us,” admitted the Rev Geoff Lanham, captain of the CofE team and Vicar of Christ Church at Selly Park in Birmingham.
“We will have to improve to try to stop the imams making it three wins on the run next year.
“The game was played in a very good spirit - sport is a great leveller and helps to bring different communities together, which is so important.”
Among the spectators was the Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Rev David Urquhart, and Dr Issam Ghannam, Imam of Solihull.
Dr Ghannam said: “This event is a valuable part of the Building Bridges Islamic Initiative in Solihull, which aims to create greater dialogue between the various faiths.”