Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club

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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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President’s Day Report

Sunday 21st June saw the annual President’s Day held at Swans Nest Lane. Many former players and members from decades past gathered for lunch, memories and a T20 game.

2017 Membership & Fixtures

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.

Colin Davis wins award from Midlands Cricket Club Conference for services to Junior Cricket

Congratulations to Colin Davis who received the Halesowen Trophy at the recent Midlands Club Cricket Conference in Birmingham for services to Junior Cricket.

Awarding the trophy to Colin is Paul Horton (Leicestershire CC player).

Colin was joined on the night by fellow club stalwarts Brian Webb and Paul Biddlecombe.

Well done Colin!

Winter Nets

The dates for our winter nets are now confirmed. The full winter schedule is:

  • Sunday 29th January
  • Sunday 5th February
  • Sunday 12th February
  • Sunday 19th February
  • Sunday 26th February
  • Sunday 5th March
  • Sunday 12th March
  • Sunday 19th March
  • Sunday 26th March
  • Sunday 2nd April

Time: 5pm to 7pm every week

Venue: Evesham Cricket Centre, Prince Henry’s School, Victoria Avenue, Evesham, WR11 4QH.

Cost: £6 per person per session (money to be collected on the day).

It goes without saying that juniors are very welcome, particularly those who are looking to play senior cricket next season (assumed U15 and up). This is a great opportunity to integrate with the whole senior squad.

The Evesham facility has a balcony viewing area should anyone want to watch the session – all welcome!

Dependent on weather and the state of the grounds, outdoor training will commence at Swans Nest Lane in the first week of April.

Should you need to contact anyone regarding details, please use our contact form.

REPL Funday Gallery

Last Sunday, REPL, the club’s main sponsor, held their annual charity cricket match and company summer party at Swans Nest Lane. All charitable proceeds went to the Molly Olly’s Wishes charity, REPL’s chosen beneficiary. It was a day of sunshine and showers, with a Twelve12 game of pairs cricket (Stratford XII victorious over REPL XII), a BBQ, auction, raffle and various inflatable attractions. Here are a selection of photos from the day.

 

 

Stratford polo shirts now available

We have teamed up with REPL to produce a range of polo shirts so that players and supporters alike can support the club and look good in the summer sun!

The range includes 3 colours in various sizes – Maroon – Green – Purple for the ladies – and there is also a ‘Coach’ Edition for our hard working coaches. Shirts cost £20 each (this includes £15 production cost and a £5 contribution will go towards club coffers).

Please take this opportunity to be part of the team and support the club in style this summer!

To order, send an email to john.shurie@hotmail.com requesting the size and colour, then pay via BACS (details below) and collect at the clubhouse bar. Alternatively you can pay in cash at the clubhouse bar.

  • Account Name: Stratford Cricket Club
  • Sort Code: 30-98-26
  • Account Number: 00936724
  • Reference: “My Name – Polo Shirt”

Spring Newsletter

Ahead of our season openers this weekend, we’ve released our spring newsletter. Featuring…

  • Updates from our Chairman and President
  • A message from our main sponsor REPL, plus information on all this year’s sponsors
  • 2016 aims for our 3 senior teams and juniors
  • A list of new signings, including overseas player Yasser Parker from Zimbabwe
  • and much more!

Download Spring Newsletter

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