Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club

Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club

Incorporating Stratford Bards

2018, 2019 and call for new players

Looking back on 2018

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.

Brian Webb

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Brian Webb on Saturday.

Webby, as he was commonly known, was one of the most recognisable faces around our club. Since the early 1980s Brian spent countless hours watching, coaching, umpiring, sitting on committees and latterly working on the grounds. Hundreds of junior players across Warwickshire will have been coached by Brian, with his infectious laugh and cheering bringing a smile to many faces.

Stratford Upon Avon Avon Cricket club and the general cricket world has lost a great man and his legacy will live on for a long time.

RIP Webby – we’ll all miss you.

President’s VIP Day

We are once again inviting you to join our President, Ali Troughton, and other Club members to the President’s VIP Day on Sunday 2nd September. Over the last couple of years, this has been a very memorable day and the sight of so many past players, spanning several decades, meeting up again after many years, is always wonderful to see.

As last year, there will be a buffet lunch followed by 40 over cricket match, Current Players v President’s Invitation XI, the teams being made up of past and present players. The cost for lunch and tea will be £10 per head. Partners welcome.

As part of our fundraising on the day, we shall be running our usual raffle and would be grateful for any prizes that you can donate or items we can auction. Please let us know what they are beforehand if possible.

To book your place, please contact us.

Past Players & Friends Association

We are still looking at forming a Past Players & Friends Association for those who have previously played for Stratford CC or the Bards CC, or been associated with the Club in some way. We want to recognise all people connected with this great club as part of our network. In order to preserve the history of the Club, we need to draw on different generations to ensure the legacy is kept strong.

Whilst everyone acknowledges the huge commitment that is given during the playing years, it is imperative the next generation that comes along has the facility to be able to look back at the Club’s history. Memories, through stories and photos from previous players, helps keep the bond strong. So if any of you have old photos you could bring along on the day, that would be great. We have already researched Club Captains’ going back to 1945 and this will be added to our Web site. We are very grateful for your support and hope you will encourage your family and friends to do likewise either by:

1. Becoming a “Vice President”. For a minimum £85 donation, this provides full Club membership benefits, including an entry fob for the clubhouse and a parking pass for the car park (as well as a Fixture Book and Club Newsletter).

2. Signing up to take part in 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 3 cash prizes and a Super Draw in September – last year won by Ed Cunynghame with £223.75. So, it’s well worth it!

Spring Newsletter and Fixture Book Released

The cricket season is almost upon us! Our 1st and 2nd XIs start next Saturday (28th – a one week delay from initial start due to prolonged rain) with the Bards starting in May.

With the new season comes our Spring Newsletter – it contains all the news about our new overseas player, captaincy changes, important changes to the Birmingham League structure, sponsorship updates, and much more besides.

Download Spring Newsletter

Our fixture book is also available for download – rather than include it in the membership pack (VPs and social members will be sent a physical copy).

Download Fixture Book

A few reminders:  firstly, our fixtures are available to download, so please make sure you know when and where our teams are playing. Secondly, if you want to continue playing, please renew your membership! Lastly, please make life easy for our captains by setting your availability on our Doodle poll (and update it if circumstances change).

We look forward to see you soon at Swans Nest Lane and Alscot Park this new season.

Senior Fixtures & Club Calendar Released

Fixtures for our three senior teams are now available.

As in previous seasons, they can be easy added to your own calendar – just follow the instructions here.

You can also see all club fixtures and social events on our NEW online calendar here.

Early Bird Membership

The new season is soon upon us, with this is mind we have decided to reward those who secure their membership before the season starts. Therefore, we are introducing the 2018 – Early Bird Offer, for anyone securing their membership before 1st March receiving a FREE playing shirt, worth £28!

Your membership will now include; Free Playing Shirt (early bird offer); fixture book; newsletter; 2018 parking pass and a key fob for new members!

Categories

  • Senior Player – £140 + Free Shirt!
  • Student Member – £70 + Free Shirt!
  • Junior Member – £70 + Free Shirt!

Steps to secure your membership –

Email Fiona Blake: mailtheblakes@btinternet.com with the following information at the point of payment:

  1. Payment method, either BACS or cheque
  2. Full Name
  3. Membership Category (e.g Senior Player)
  4. Date of Birth (only required for under 20’s)
  5. Email Adress
  6. Full Postal Address
  7. Telephone numbers (Home + Mobile)
  8. Car registration (if applicable)

 

BACS Information –

  • Lloyds Bank
  • Account name: Stratford Sports Club – Cricket Section
  • Account number: 00936724
  • Sort code: 30-98-26
  • Payment Reference: Your full name (This is important!)

Cheque Information –

  • Made payable to: Stratford Cricket Club
  • Sent to: Fiona Blake, details on request
  • Enclosed with: updated contact details shown above

 

 

2018 | Captains Announcement

We are delighted to announce our captains for the upcoming 2018 season!

1st XI – Chris Whelan

2nd XI – Josh Hickman

Bards XI – Matt Dutton

Chris Whelan returns to his post as captain, four years after leading Stratford to a third place finish – missing out on promotion by 6 points. The ex-first-class cricketer, who represented Worcestershire, Middlesex and Glamorgan, will hope to improve on last year’s disappointing mid-table finish.

Josh Hickman remains as 2nd XI captain for a third consecutive year. Josh has never finished worse than 4th in the league – agonisingly missing out on promotion last year by a single point!

This will be Matt’s first year as captain, as head junior coach his aim will be to introduce more future Stratford 1st team players into adult cricket, starting with the Bards team. Best of luck to Matt for the year in Cotswold Hills League, Division 3.

Stay tuned for more Panthers news with our upcoming AGM on Thursday 7th December at 7:00pm.

#Panthers #YouBards

1st XI Season Report

I think the best and only way to describe the 1st XI’s season this year would be up and down! Many highs and lows ultimately led to a 6th place league finish, winning 10 games, losing 9 with one winning draw and one tie.

The season got off to a strong start and after the first 5 games of the 50 over format we found ourselves in 2nd place. Things looking rosy with what traditionally is our stronger suit, the 55 overs win/lose/draw format to come. However, this year for a number of reasons we just didn’t fire in these games. Not aided by injuries, overseas Adam Bayliss’ stress fracture being stand out and a run of poor availability and inconsistent performances.

We reached the half way point of the season sitting precariously close to the 4 team drop zone knowing results would have to improve fast. A further two loses in the coming weeks, including an absolute drubbing at the hands of relegation rivals Sentinel left the outlook looking very bleak, being third bottom and 20 points from safety.

The sign I believe of a close knit team is how well they deal with adversity, after the Sentinel game it would have been easy to crash and burn out of the Birmingham league. We knew we had 9 games left to save our season and all the lads agreed that hard working and sticking together would be the only way we would be able to survive. I’m delighted to say that of those remaining 9 games we only lost two, turning over several of the top teams along the way. This ironically left us closer to promotion than relegation!

Since the season we have learned that we won the Fair Play Trophy for 2017, a great achievement showing we played the game in the right spirit throughout the year.

There were several key performances throughout, with again everyone putting in match winning knocks or bowling spells showing the depth we have throughout the side. With the ball Mike Brown led the way claiming 41 wickets at an average of 20. Perry Derrick taking 34 at an average of 23 (that’s despite all of those drops we’ve heard about!) Adam Bayliss before the back injury had taken 23 wickets at an average of 13 and looked set to claim well over 50 league wickets. Ant Pratley, Sam Douthwaite, Aidy Witts and James Urquhart also chipped in with important scalps throughout. The best figures of the year were recorded by Perry, who took 6-43 in beating Stourbridge away

Unfortunately for the 1s this year nobody passed the 3 figure mark but there was plenty of 50’s. Aidy Witts and Chris Calcott with one each, Chris Whelan, John Price and Adam Bayliss with 3 each. In reaching 89 away in a must win Bank Holiday match vs Brewood, Chris Calcott recorded the highest individual score of the year. A knock showing incredible maturity for a change… and a very special moment for him and his family.

One man however was a shining light with the bat in hand and showed incredible consistency in scoring 683 runs, averaging 49 and hitting 8 50’s. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the 1st XI Player of the Season goes to David Bailey.

As a team we would like to thank everyone that has helped and supported us through the year. A special mention of course to Ivor who is a vital cog in our team. One man has really stepped up and helped us out a great deal this season. My biggest nightmare is finding a scorer, someone to hide away in a hut all afternoon tapping away on a laptop and deciphering Duckworth Lewis isn’t easy! So Rob thanks for everything you’ve been a star and really are part of our team.

So in summary a season that in the end worked out okay but really with a bit more consistency could and should have been a lot better. Here’s to 2018…

Club Dinner & Awards Night

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Dinner & Awards night on Saturday. It was great to see so many familiar faces celebrating what could have been a very different season, should a few results gone our way for all three teams. Regardless of the cricketing outcomes, its fantastic that we can all get together, enjoy each others company as a ‘club’ – John’s four letter word of the night – whilst having plenty of fun. So thank you all for making it a great event!

 

 

Bards season report

Stratford Bards achieved a very respectable 4th place in the 3rd division of the Cotswold Hills League.

A lack of players saw the team concede the season opener and often field only 9 players – however that didn’t stop the Bards reeling off 10 victories from 18 games.

Captain Sam Bishop led the way with a remarkable 813 runs – including 3 centuries – and looks set to top the run charts for the entire Cotswold Hills league system. He also contributed 16 wickets, which would have been more had he not kept wicket in some games.

Iain Lythall topped the wicket takers list with 18 wickets at just 16.89 – his 128 overs containing 30 maidens. There were also valuable contributions from opener Richard Sykes (292 runs) and the London-based duo of Will Noble (216 runs and 8 wickets) and Tim Smart (186 runs and 5 wickets).

The club also welcomed various new players including Richard Smith, Aby and young players such as Alex Beesley, Henry Smith, and Matt Ricketts.

Captain’s report (sanitised version):

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all Los Bardos for your efforts this year. It’s been tougher than a throats singer’s tonsils to get a side out, massive credit for Bish the Elder getting the ground looking great and performing brilliantly, Matty Hallett for his bowling, scoring and stat logging. And everyone else who has contributed.”

“Many thads” to to all players involved, to Sam Bishop for his work captaining the team, to Paul Rathkey for umpiring, and also to John Bishop, Iain Lythall and others involved in preparing and maintaining the Alscot Park wicket and ground.

Read on for final table plus batting/bowling statistics.

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