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.
The new season is fast approaching and so the time has come to outline arrangements for membership renewal. The club offers a range of playing and social memberships, and there is a £40 discount for new senior playing members (£100 vs £140).
To see the full price list, membership benefits, and instructions for joining/renewing, please see our membership page.
In other news, the 2017 fixture lists are now available as a downloadable calendar. If you’re using a smartphone or tablet, just click any of the below links to add the fixtures to your calendar.
Seniors: 1st XI // 2nd XI // Bards // Sunday & Midweek
Juniors: Under 11s // Under 13s // Under 15s
Please note that the Sunday & Midweek fixtures are subject to change and you should confirm the start time with the captain beforehand.
Junior fixtures correct at time of writing and can be subject to change. Coaches can confirm dates, times and venues closer to the time.
The fixtures for 2016 are now out. Click the below links to download fixtures for each of our senior sides. If you’re browsing on a phone or tablet, you can add the events straight to your calendar.
1st XI // 2nd XI // 3rds (Bards) // Sunday/Midweek XI // Under 11s // Under 13s // Under 15s
Fixtures for Under 9s and Under 10s are yet to be fully announced.
A big congratulations to our Under 15s who have won the Warwickshire Youth Cricket League U15 Championship!
As announced in the Stratford Herald, the U15s completed the season unbeaten, with their 8th win from 8 games coming against Four Oaks last Sunday.
||Four Oaks Saints
The full table can be seen on the Warwickshire Youth Cricket Play Cricket page.
- 26th May – beat Handsworth by 89 runs
- 10th May – Beat Nuneaton by 5 wickets
- 17th May – Beat Standard Coventry by 89 runs
- 24th May – beat Warwick by 3 wickets
- 14th June – beat Aston Manor by 5 wickets
- 5th July – beat Harborne by 8 wickets
- 2nd August – beat Dorridge by 9 wickets
- 9th August – beat Four Oaks Saints by 41 runs
Last Sunday saw another victory for the Stratford Under 15s, away against Handsworth Cricket Club. At the end of a slow game on a cool but sunny morning, in the idyllic setting of Handsworth Park, its Pavilion filled with reminiscences of the riches of West Indian cricket, to a soundtrack of pleasing leisureliness, Stratford won.
Once again, a sustained innings from Matthew Rickett formed the hub of the Stratford innings. He had a number of useful partners along the way – Charlie Palenciano Middleton scoring a quick 22, falling to Handsworth leggie Johnson (who finished 31 for 3), and Harry Sunderland, who put on a nippy 28, before being bowled. Rickett was eventually run out for 41. With a handsome helping of extras, Stratford finished 182 for 6, offering Handsworth 183 to win.
It was clear from the start that Handsworth were never going to surpass Stratford’s total. Thanks to fine, mean, accurate bowling from Stratford attack pair Middleton and Whitby, Handsworth were stalled on 28-0 after 10 overs, chasing 182 in 25. Gradually Handsworth sought to open their shoulders, but their recovery was not to be, as two wickets fell to Alex Beesley, one to Billy Dingley, and another to Harry Sunderland. It was yet another fine team performance by Stratford U15s, which they won by 89 runs. Handsworth opener Dylan Johnson carried his bat (32 no) after a very determined and focused display.
Stratford’s Under 15s continued their unbeaten run with an emphatic win at Aston Manor on Sunday, the home side fielding just 9 men. Batting first, the Stratford innings was built around a fine partnership from Matthew Rickett and Henry Hopkins. Both took advantage of a fast outfield to notch up 18 boundaries between them, interspersed with well-taken runs. Hopkins was finally run out on 58, while Rickett retired on 75. Thereafter a number of cameos from the supporting cast, plus a generous helping of extras, took Stratford’s final score to 218 for 5.
Although the flame of a fightback flickered briefly at the start of Aston Manor’s reply, with Tom Clarke hitting 5 boundaries in the second over, Stratford’s bowlers quickly doused their hopes. When Joe Element winkled Clarke out for 39 in the 10th over, the die was cast, and the wickets fell to a steady beat from then on, Ollie Whitby taking 2 courtesy of fine catches from Billy Dingley and Seb May, Marcus Farthing taking 3, including 2 stumpings by Rickett, while Jake Greaves and Billy Dingley brought proceedings to a close, the latter with a catch off his own bowling. Aston Manor were all out for 91 runs, and Stratford won by 127 runs with four overs to spare.
Stratford U15s stunned Standard Coventry with another convincing win at Swan’s Nest Lane last Sunday, in a fine team display involving every Stratford player along the way.
Stratford set Standard 150 to win thanks to another fine knock from Harry Dube, strongly supported by Middleton, Element, Sunderland and Dingley.
Standard openers Hawker and Johns got off to a quick start, but soon the wickets started to fall, Sunderland splaying the stumps with two successive balls, May taking a spectacular head over heels catch off Billy Dingley’s bowling, and subsequent wickets falling to debutant Jake Greaves, Tom Hatch, Marcus Farthing and Seb May. Stratford’s fielding was of a very high order with Middleton, Beesley, Hatch and Rickett all taking good catches. The fielding display was capped by a quickfire direct-hit run out from Element. Stratford won by 89 runs.
Stratford’s U15 cricketers opened this summer’s campaign with an encouraging performance away at Nuneaton.
Batting first, Stratford opener Harry Dube and partner Charlie Palenciano Middleton built a competitive tally supplemented by May, Element, Rickett, Sutherland and Dingley, to post a target of 135 for Nuneaton. Dube was finally dismissed by Nuneaton’s Johnson for a fine 70.
Nuneaton openers Ison and Gledhill proved tough subjects, left-hander Ison particularly finding the boundary too often for comfort. But Stratford’s bowlers stuck at it, Joe Element bowling with great economy, until Palenciano Middleton winkled Gledhill out with a beauty of a ball. Nuneaton No 3 Johnson was dismissed with great energy from May, and Ison followed soon after, skying a calmly-taken catch to Dube in the deep.
Ison’s departure sparked four and a bit overs of mayhem off the leg spin of Dube at one end, and Farthing at the other, with three wickets falling to Dube and two to Farthing, including 2 lightning-fast stumpings by Rickett and a splendid acrobatic catch from Beesley, who also brought the match to a close with a wicket off the first ball of the 18th over. Having taken Nuneaton’s last 7 wickets for 19 runs, at 87 all out, Stratford won by 47 runs.
Stratford U13s got their WCB Premier League programme of to a flying start with an impressive win against Coventry & North Warwick by 47 runs.
Put into bat, Stratford openers Ethan Evans-Cook and Theo Barnes got off to a steady start against some erratic bowling, but managed to gradually up the tempo and put on an opening stand of 83 in 15 overs (5.5 runs per over), before Barnes was bowled for 20. Skipper Harry Penney then joined Evans-Cook and what might have been a decisive partnership for the innings ended in a disastrous run out when Penney called Evans-Cook for a suicidal single and was run out for a very impressive 42. Penney soon followed and the innings lost its momentum. Robbie Fitchford (15) and Daniel Hooper (5) tried to increase the tempo but against accurate bowling and a slow outfield could only muster a stand of 21. However, the total of 119 for 5 off 25 overs was always going to be a challenging target.
Coventry & North Warwick got off to a quick start with 19 runs in the first 4 overs. But then an injudicious run by danger man Allan ended up with a brilliant piece of fielding by Will Dudley who picked up and hit the stumps direct. He then produced the next wicket by bowling opener, Johnson for 2. Joe Marrow was then introduced into the attack and with his first ball bowled Ellis for 7 and two balls later bowled Rithikmohindra for 0. The opposition were now in disarray and further wickets from Dudley, Marrow and Brown left them 40 for 7 from 11 overs. Stratford’s fielding then became ragged with 5 catches going down. But wickets still tumbled and the innings ended on 72 after 21.4 overs. Overall, the bowling was impressive with excellent performances from Joe Marrow (3 wickets for 1 run off 3 overs) and Will Dudley (2 wickets for 13 runs off 5 overs). Altogether, a very satisfying performance.
Stratford Under 14s’ match against Kenilworth last Thursday was very special for a group of players who have represented Stratford for some years, as it was their first ever game at Swan’s Nest Lane. Fittingly, they marked the occasion with an exciting victory.
Stratford won the toss, and chose to bat. Openers Isaam Ahmed and Billy Dingley put up a long, staunch defence of their wickets against tight and hard to play bowling from Kenilworth’s Ryan Bull and Michael Keene. When Dingley was out to a sharp catch from Keene, skipper Palenciano Middleton came in to score a sprightly 24, followed by some quick hitting from Element, Farthing and Rickett. Stratford’s 20 overs closed on 125.
Despite a spectacular flying catch from Stratford’s Beesley at Silly mid on to see off opening bat Curran, Kenilworth clearly believed they could surpass Stratford’s total. Batsman Davis was finding the boundary well until Charlie Palenciano Middleton dealt a slower ball which he hit skywards, keeper Rickett running 30 yards out of his ground to take a great catch over his shoulder. Thereafter, the story was all about Kenilworth’s Michael Keene. He took the fight to Stratford, and – while his partners fell at the other end – hit eight 4s as he amassed 45 runs, as Kenilworth battled to overtake Stratford’s total. Despite his heroic efforts, ultra-tight bowling and fielding from the home team secured a close but special win for Stratford.
Left to right back: Laurence Dingley (Coach), Ollie Whitby, Alex Beesley, Charlie Palenciano Middleton (Capt), Joe Element, Marcus Farthing, Isaam Ahmed
Left to right front: Ben Cook, Tom Pedley, Tom Hatch, Billy Dingley, Matthew Rickett, Kieran