Have a blast this summer with a brand new soft ball mIxed cricket league aimed at local businesses.
The league, which is being organised by Stratford Cricket Club, will be played on Tuesday evenings over a six-week period beginning on May 14.
Complete beginners and more experienced players are welcome for what is intended to be a fun way to network while having a bit of a run around at the same time.
Matches will be played at Swans Nest Lane in Stratford and at Alscot Park cricket grounds. All equipment (bats, balls, stumps etc) will be provided and each team will be given a dedicated coach. Changing facilities and a bar will be available at both venues.
Each team will have a maximum of eight players and businesses can join forces if they don’t have sufficient numbers on their own. Soft ball cricket was devised to help new players develop a sense of the game while having fun. Every player will have the chance to bat (in pairs), bowl (overarm or underarm) and field. There is no dress code; just comfortable clothes and shoes recommended.
The Cricket World Cup is coming to Stratford-upon-Avon on Thursday 18th April as part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour, driven by Nissan.
To celebrate, Warwickshire Cricket Board will be holding an under 11 cricket festival featuring youngsters from a number of local cricket clubs at Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club’s Swans Nest Lane ground from 2pm until 4pm.
Refreshments will be available and there will be an opportunity to get your photo taken with the trophy that 10 nations will be competing for in England and Wales this summer.
Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club has a thriving junior section and will be running four teams (under 9, under 11, under 13 and under 15) this season, as well as coaching for children aged 5-8 through the All Stars Cricket initiative and a newly launched girls’ section.
Winter nets are being held every Sunday. There are 10 sessions, each 2pm until 4pm at Stratford High School. £3 per person. Everyone welcome, including juniors and new players.
Senior fixtures for the new season have been released. They can be viewed on the club calendar and can be downloaded too.
Fixtures for juniors will be released once available.
Following the passing of club stalwart Brian Webb over the winter, his family would like to thank everyone for the support and sympathy they received. They have also announced that over £1,000 was raised in his memory for the British Heart Foundation.
The club would very much like to form a Past Players & Friends Association. We want to retain our links with former players and social members who are so important in providing memories and stories of a club that is now in its 125 year.
We have already researched club captains going back to 1945 and would welcome any additional photographs or written anecdotes that can be added to our archive.
As ever, all clubs need financial support, so if you are able to help us in one of the following ways, we would be extremely grateful.
1. Become a “Vice President”. There are now two categories or VP.
(i) £85 (min donation). This money goes entirely to the cricket club
(ii) £110 (min donation). This entitles VPs to be members of the whole sports club with the benefit of using all the club’s facilities and includes a car park pass and an entry fob.
2. Join the 100 Club. For £5, paid via a monthly standing order, you are allocated a number (you can buy multiple numbers if you wish). Each month there is a draw for three cash prizes and a Super Draw in September. Prize money is proportionate to the number of participants.
The 1st XI started strongly in the Birmingham League 3rd Division and were initially promotion contenders before finishing 5th. Spinner James Urquhart finished with 61 wickets, the most by anyone in the entire Birmingham League. Dexter Purser scored over 700 runs whilst Chris Whelan made his first century for the club.
The 2nd XI also finished 5th, in the 2nd XI 2nd Division South. Adam Joseph and Finlay Hatch both made centuries, whilst Richard Smith contributed the most wickets.
The Bards struggled throughout the season with availability and, with no thanks to two forfeited fixtures, were comfortably last in the Cotswold Hills 3rd Division. Despite this, Nick Jones scored over 350 runs including his first century for the club, and the team did manage to beat the league champions Adlestrop.
Looking ahead to 2019
Due to a restructure of the Birmingham League which dissolved several of the lower divisions, the club has now joined the Warwickshire Cricket League. One benefit this brings is significantly less travelling!
The 1st XI will be in the Premier Division whilst the 2nd XI will compete in the 4th Division. Whereas the BDPL has different league structures for 1st and 2nd XIs, this is not the case with the WCL. The Bards will play in Division 4 of the Cotswold Hills League.
A call for new players
The club is open to new playing members who are interested in representing any of our 3 teams. You are welcome to attend winter nets in the New Year (details will be announced in due course) to try out the club.
Whilst we aim to play competitive, winning cricket, we also want to play the game right – as emphasised by the 1st XI winning their division’s Fair Play award in 2017. We hope you find the club to be welcoming and fun, but also ambitious and a place for you to become a better cricketer.
If you are interested in joining, please contact either Richard Sykes (07841 199 913) or Will Noble (07971 968 471). We look forward to hearing from you.