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You can also see the original version of this cartoon, which appeared in 1988. It shows just how old some of these jokes are. It also shows that in 1988 you couldn't look up a picture of Lords' pavilion on the Internet to copy. Father Johnson, of course, has his own page of cartoons.


Choosing the new curate.


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This year's gratuitous vicar and cricket joke.




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During the interregnum, the congregation took on many of the tasks previously carried out by the vicar.


Our vicar, who was keen on cricket, left and I published this cartoon in the interregnum. "That must surely be the last cricket joke," said one of the church leaders. I had the impression it was definitely a statement and not in any way a question.


Did they play cricket in Biblical times?

Of course they did! Consider the evidence:

  • Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the LORD brought about a great victory. A heroic innings by Shammar, against the Philistine XI, for the team known as "David's mighty men."
    2 Samuel 23: 12
  • Daniel, while umpiring for a match involving King Nebuchadnezzar, gives some instructions to the fielding side regarding a rather elaborate wicket: ...leave the stump, bound with iron and bronze, in the grass of the field.
    Daniel 4: 23
  • Did our Lord field at slip? Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.
    Matthew 14: 31

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