Cricket for Calvinists

Taking some exception to my recent theological slur on his beloved sport of cricket, an English friend has written to correct my athletics and my theology:

"I feel moved to defend cricket against the charge of pelagianism 
recently made on the Ref21 web log.

"I do not think such a view can be maintained when the fielding side's 
perspective is considered. Any out being made is wholly dependent on 
the will of the umpire. In what other sport is an act of prayerful 
intercession actually required by the rules? It even remains the 
custom of some to make such an appeal on their knees.

"As regards the suffering of English cricket supporters I can only 
agree with you and hope the above insight is fruit born of such 


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