Stratford’s 2nd XI suffered a frustrating season ultimately resulting in their relegation back to the Birmingham League Division Two South. Having been promoted as champions the season before, they missed key players throughout the season and, already faced with a difficult task due to four teams being relegated from the 12-team league, finished bottom.

Wins were few and far between, however possibly the most memorable performance of the season came against Kenilworth Wardens. The hosts had reached 273-2 after 45 overs when they surprisingly declared. However Kenilworth’s captain, former Stratford player Mark Pidgeon, was left with egg on his face when Josh Hickman’s 103 led Stratford to a remarkable victory.

Despite this season’s setback, the team can look forward to next season season. They will be bolstered by winter signings and will surely face fewer selection issues next summer, allowing them to field a more consistent XI through the season.

Many thanks to skipper Rich Sykes plus Adam Joseph, who filled in as captain on several occasion. Thanks also go to David Troughton, our umpire, to Brian Webb, our head groundsman and umpire, and to main sponsors REPL.

Read on for final table plus batting/bowling statistics.

Birmingham League 2nd XI Division One – Final Table

# Club Played Won Points
1 Shifnal II 22 14 340
2 Halesowen II 22 11 317
3 Shrewsbury II 22 11 298
4 Walsall II 22 11 290
5 Coventry NW II 22 10 287
6 Wellington II 22 10 264
7 Astwood Bank II 22 9 262
8 Kenilworth Wardens II 22 7 252
9 Old Hill II 22 6 222
10 Penkridge II 22 6 189
11 Tamworth II 22 4 184
12 Stratford-upon-Avon II 22 4 168

2015 top wicket takers

# Bowler Wickets Average Best Bowling
1 Lee Clarke 20 22.65 3/26
2 Josh Hickman 16 19.75 3/22
3 Harry Abell 16 40.56 4/15
4 Iain Lythall 13 43.54 4/45
5 Steve Cootes 12 20.58 4/65

2015 highest run scorers

# Batsman Runs Average 50/100 High Score
1 James Harcourt 431 25.35 2/0 61
2 Adam Joseph 386 25.73 3/0 79*
3 Sam Douthwaite 324 32.40 3/0 63*
4 Josh Hickman 283 31.44 1/1 103
5 Harry Abell 238 18.31 0/0 43