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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

Fixtures Announced

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.

Natwest Cricket Force Day

Great work today preparing the ground for the new season. After the flood last month, there was plenty of work needed at Swans Nest Lane especially, whilst a small team also helped out at Alscot Park. We were also joined by Warwickshire’s Jim Troughton, Keith Barket and Andy Ummed.

Stratford CC hit by floods

A few weeks ago, sustained overnight rain saw the River Avon burst its banks once again. Swans Nest Lane was completed flooded.

Thankfully the waters subsided quickly, whilst we’ve had a team working on the ground and the wickets. It’s been a big job and the Club is very appreciative of their help. There is still much to do – Groundforce Day is on Sunday 3rd April and we’ll need as many hands on deck as possible.

Here are some photos how the ground was looking:

2016 Nets [Updated]

Happy New Year! 2016 is now here and winter nets are only a few weeks away.

As with last year, we’ll be using the county-class facilities at Prince Henry’s High School in Evesham, which includes four lanes and access to a bowling machine.

Price: £6 a week

Address: Prince Henry’s High School‎, Victoria Avenue, Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 4QH (click here for a map).

Dates: (Download to your calendar)

Date Time
Sunday 17th January 5pm – 7pm
Sunday 24th January 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 31st January 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 7th February 4pm – 5pm
Sunday 14th February 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 21th February 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 28th February 4pm – 5pm
Sunday 6th March 5pm – 7pm
Sunday 13th March 4pm – 5pm
Sunday 20th March 4pm – 5pm

We look forward to seeing lots of you there. New players are very welcome too.

Gallery – President’s Day

A selection of photos from our recent President’s Day.

President’s Day – Match Report

Chairman’s XI (95ao) tied with President’s XI (95-9) – Swans Nest Lane, 23rd August 2015

The Stratford Cricket Club President’s Invitation XI v the Chairman’s XI match, took place at Swans Nest Lane, despite the rain, be it that the format was changed to that of a T20. However, it produced a thrilling finish with the scores tied at 95.

The Chairman’s XI, under the leadership of Ed Cunynghame, batted first and got off to a brisk start with 27 runs coming in the first 4 overs for the loss of Nick Jones’ wicket. Harry Abell then departed at 37 for a well struck 16, Archie Walker picking up his second wicket. Ben Cooper was looking dangerous with four 4s to his name, but was then caught by Andy Flower off the bowling of Will Noble for 24 with the score on 52. This seemed to be the signal for an England type batting collapse with 4 wickets falling for just 19 runs, Will Noble picking up three of them and Andy Flower picking up the other thanks to a very smart stumping by Chris Calcott. It required the heavy bat of Jimmy Harcourt to redress the balance with some trade mark extra cover drives. He was finally out for 19 including three 4s and the innings closed 1 run later on 95 with Thadius Kaminsky being run out with 2 balls of the last over remaining.

The innings of the President’s Invitation XI, got off to a disastrous start with the Emery opening father and son pairing and number 3 John Price falling for just 6 runs to the bowling of Tom Grundy and Mike Brown. The ship was steadied with the help of youth and experience in the guise of Chris Calcott and Jon “Boy” Walker, who took the score to 40 off 9 overs before Walker was out caught for 25 off Ade Witts. The appearance of Andy Flower walking to the wicket must have stirred up nightmares for some of the older Stratford players on the ground who had to bowl at him in the 1990s when he scored over 200 when playing for West Bromwich Dartmouth against Stratford. He showed he had lost none of his flair with some classic drives and deft reverse sweeps, but then with the score at 67, he was beaten by the guile of Thadius Kaminsky and caught by Ade Witts for 16. Calcott and Will Noble moved the score to 89 before the 6th wicket, that of Noble (9), fell with 8 balls remaining. With 4 wickets still left, a wealth of batting experience to come, the odds were on a President’s Invitation XI victory. However, with 3 runs needed Calcott’s patient innings of 27 ended when he was the victim of a “schoolboy” run out. One run later Victor Khumala was also run out for a duck. That brought skipper Mark Pidgeon on strike with 3 runs to win off 3 balls and still with Steve Kerby, pads on, waiting to join the fray. A dot ball and a 2 brought the scores level. One run to win off the last ball, skipper facing. Urquhart bowled, Pidgeon swung, the ball went up in the air and there were the safe hands of Ben Cooper to take the catch. Match tied at 95.

Afterwards, President, Ali Troughton, praised both teams for providing a wonderfully entertaining match, but insisted her team had won as they had lost one less wicket!

Report by Colin Davis

Stratford announce REPL as main sponsors

As announced at our recent club meal and also detailed in our membership packs, Stratford are delighted to have the REPL Group as main sponsors for the 2015 season.

This is a great boost to the Club and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship between a successful local business and one of the Town’s front line sports clubs. Sponsorship is a key element to the Club’s future and we would also like to express our gratitude to all our generous sponsors. We shall be looking to further develop our sponsorship activities and offerings going forward.

Please read on for thoughts from REPL’s CEO, Mike Callender (this can also be downloaded along with the rest of our May newsletter).

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Stratford May Newsletter

Membership packs are now in the post. Including in the pack is our May newsletter detailing all the latest news at the club as we start the new season, including the securing of a new main sponsor, REPL Group.

You can download the May newsletter here and you can read on for thoughts from Steve Cootes our Chairman.

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Download 2015 fixtures

The complete set of fixtures are now available to download. Click the below links to download fixtures for each of our senior and junior sides. If you’re browsing on a phone, you can add the events straight to your calendar.

Senior XIs

1st XI // 2nd XI // 3rd XI (Bards) // Sunday XI // Stratford XI (Midweek/touring)

Junior XIs

Under 9s // Under 10s // Under 11s // Under 12s // Under 13s // Under 15s // Under 16s

If you have any questions about fixtures, please contact your captain or coach.


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