Winter nets are being held every Sunday. There are 10 sessions, each 2pm until 4pm at Stratford High School. £3 per person. Everyone welcome, including juniors and new players.
Senior fixtures for the new season have been released. They can be viewed on the club calendar and can be downloaded too.
Fixtures for juniors will be released once available.
Following the passing of club stalwart Brian Webb over the winter, his family would like to thank everyone for the support and sympathy they received. They have also announced that over £1,000 was raised in his memory for the British Heart Foundation.
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.
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.
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!
- Senior Player – £140 + Free Shirt!
- Student Member – £70 + Free Shirt!
- Junior Member – £70 + Free Shirt!
Steps to secure your membership –
Email Fiona Blake: firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information at the point of payment:
- Payment method, either BACS or cheque
- Full Name
- Membership Category (e.g Senior Player)
- Date of Birth (only required for under 20’s)
- Email Adress
- Full Postal Address
- Telephone numbers (Home + Mobile)
- 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
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.