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Havering’s Muslims and Essex Christians celebrate ‘tremendously enjoyable’ day at interfaith cricket match

PUBLISHED: 15:30 02 October 2017

Members of the Havering Islamic Cultural Centre and the congregation of Chelmsford Cathedral and Chelmsford Mosque came together for an interfaith cricket match at Willingale Cricket Club in Ongar. Photo: Sidra Naeem

Members of the Havering Islamic Cultural Centre and the congregation of Chelmsford Cathedral and Chelmsford Mosque came together for an interfaith cricket match at Willingale Cricket Club in Ongar. Photo: Sidra Naeem

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An interfaith cricket match saw Havering’s Muslim community go head to head with representatives from Chelmsford Cathedral in the spirit of friendly competition this weekend.

Members of the Havering Islamic Cultural Centre and the congregation of Chelmsford Cathedral and Chelmsford Mosque came together for an interfaith cricket match at Willingale Cricket Club in Ongar. Photo: Sidra Naeem
Members of the Havering Islamic Cultural Centre and the congregation of Chelmsford Cathedral and Chelmsford Mosque came together for an interfaith cricket match at Willingale Cricket Club in Ongar. Photo: Sidra Naeem

On Sunday, members of the Havering Islamic Cultural Centre (HICC) and the congregation of Chelmsford Cathedral and Chelmsford Mosque came together for the match at Willingale Cricket Club in Ongar.

Organised by Sidra Naeem and Ivor Moody, the close run game went down to the final over, but eventually the HICC team triumphed by just 10 runs.

Members of the Havering Islamic Cultural Centre and the congregation of Chelmsford Cathedral and Chelmsford Mosque came together for an interfaith cricket match at Willingale Cricket Club in Ongar. Photo: Sidra Naeem
Members of the Havering Islamic Cultural Centre and the congregation of Chelmsford Cathedral and Chelmsford Mosque came together for an interfaith cricket match at Willingale Cricket Club in Ongar. Photo: Sidra Naeem

Afterwards, Mrs Naeem presented the winners and runners up with their trophies, and everyone involved also received a certificate.

The afternoon was rounded off in style in the clubhouse with a delicious meal provided by members from the Mosque, the church and the wider Willingale community.

Members of the Havering Islamic Cultural Centre and the congregation of Chelmsford Cathedral and Chelmsford Mosque came together for an interfaith cricket match at Willingale Cricket Club in Ongar. Photo: Sidra Naeem
Members of the Havering Islamic Cultural Centre and the congregation of Chelmsford Cathedral and Chelmsford Mosque came together for an interfaith cricket match at Willingale Cricket Club in Ongar. Photo: Sidra Naeem

Tariq Mahmood, HICC vice chairman, who played in the match, said: “I enjoyed the day with all it’s aspects tremendously. Well done to all organisers and participants.

“It was a lovely day for me and at the end, I really enjoyed the clotted cream and jam scones.”

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