Rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of cricketers who turned out to play in the annual Anglican Church Cricket Festival in Brampton on June 23. The team from St. Peter, Erindale won for the second straight year.
Heavy rain threatened to wash out the tourney but organizers, players and fans decided to press on. The rain eventually let up, leading to an enjoyable day of cricket, food and music.
Teams from nine churches took part: St. Thomas à Becket, Erin Mills; St. Peter, Erindale; Trinity, Streetsville; Holy Family, Heart Lake, Brampton; Church of South India, Toronto; St. Joseph of Nazareth, Bramalea; St. James the Apostle, Brampton; St. Jude, Brampton; and St. Bede, Scarborough. A tenth team, called All Angels, was made up of individuals from churches that did not send teams.
Bishop Jenny Andison, the area bishop of York-Credit Valley, said the opening prayer. “We would like to extend a huge thanks to Bishop Jenny for attending and helping us increase the recognition and profile of the ACCF,” said Ranil Mendis, one of the organizers. The tournament will be held again next year.