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2018 | Captains Announcement

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.

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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…

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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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.

Season Review: Disappointment for 1st XI

With defeat on the final weekend of the season, Stratford’s 1st XI were relegated from the Birmingham League Division 2.

Despite the hope following last seasons promotion and a winter which saw several new arrivals – overseas player Yassir Sirdar, batsmen Dave Bailey and the returning John Price, plus allrounder Perry Derrick – the team couldn’t find enough consistency in either batting or bowling to stay in the division.

The season started encouragingly, with victory away to Old Elizabethans – but 6 wickets for Mike Brown the following week couldn’t prevent defeat at home to Tamworth.

Dave Bailey scored an unbeaten 104 away to Stourbridge as Stratford chased 238 for the loss of 7 wickets. This was the first 1st XI century by a non-overseas batsman since 2013. Fortunes changed quickly though – in the very next game, Stratford were bowled out for 39 inside 21 overs in a humbling home loss to Womborne.

The team showed good strength of character to win their next two completed games – first by bowling Penkridge out for 94 in a tense 4-wicket win, with James Urquhart returned season-best figures of 5-29. C&R Hawks were then bowled out for 79 as Mike Brown and Ady Witts bowled unchanged to take 5 wickets each. Victory was easier said than done – after 6 ducks, Stratford scraped a 1-wicket win.

A trio of defeats followed to leave Stratford in danger of relegation at the end of July. A crucial defeat during August came at home to bottom club Stourbridge. After Ben Pigott’s 6-48 saw the visitors bowled out for 217, the hosts were all out for 164 with Dane Kirby carrying his bat for 72 not out.

Victory at home to Halesowen gave the team hope – Jake Salmon (122 from 106 balls) scored his first ton for the 1st XI – but defeat in the final two games of the season confirmed Stratford’s fate. They fell 11 runs short of the 181 needed to beat C&R Hawks before being bowled out for 158 in a 3-wicket loss away to Coventry & NW.

Stratford finished just 11 points shy of safety but ultimately didn’t do enough with bat or ball to stay up.

Dave Bailey topped the runs table, but was the only player to pass 50 more than 3 times, though Dane Kirby played some useful innings after being promoted from the 2nd XI midway through the season. The bowling attack was expertly led by captain Mike Brown who took 40 wickets (bettered only by 4 players in the division), but was shorn of last seasons leading wicket-taker Tom Grundy – first to injury, then to relocation.

That said, the 1st XI will start next season with promotion firmly in mind. The club recruited well last winter resulting in a much larger pool of players across the club’s three teams compared to last season, and a couple of new players could make the difference next season.

Many thanks to all players who took part, to captain Mike Brown, to the appointed all umpires, to scorer Nigel Turner and others who helped out during the season, to all who helped prepare the wickets at Swans Nest (including Brian Webb, Yas Sirdar and Chris Calcott), and to club sponsors REPL.

Read on for final table plus batting/bowling statistics.

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