CRICKETERS went in search of the Holy Grail when the Vatican’s team played against a multi—faith Walthamstow group.

The Vatican’s St Peters Cricket Club, which is backed by the Pope, won the multi-faith friendly match at Walthamstow Cricket Club on Sunday.

Held to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the teams comprised of Sikhs, Hindus, Anglicans and Muslims.

The Twenty20 game was arranged by Essex Cricket Club as part of the Vatican’s squad ‘Festival of Light’.

Multi-faith XI captain Sajid Patel said: “It has been a fantastic celebration today and a great example of communities uniting. The enjoyment factor has been 11/10.

“I would like to congratulate both teams on being such tremendous Ambassadors throughout. I pray that we can use the influence if all 22 of these on-field giants to spread unity and togetherness.

“Our impact will be global and I'm extremely proud of what we have achieved here today. The message from a game like this should be spread widely. By doing so we strengthen our bonds and deter those who seek to divide us.”

Former Essex and England captain Graham Gooch presented both teams with trophies after the game.