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Season Review: Consolidation for 2nd XI

A new-look Stratford 2nd enjoyed a season of progress in Division 2 South of the Birmingham League 2nd XI league. Although they missed out on promotion with defeat on the final weekend, there were many positives to take.

Over the winter, several new players arrived including a trio of fast bowlers – Harry Williams, Tom Whitting and Archie Walker – plus batsman Andy Fisher. Meanwhile, Josh Hickman took over as captain.

Their first win of the season came away to Eastnor, where Harry Abell’s 127 made the difference in a 52 run victory, which prompted a 12 game unbeaten streak (plus 4 abandonments).

302 runs were posted at Barnards Green including 123 from Ed Cunynghame whilst at home to Stourbridge, Ben Pigott fell 4 short of a deserved century as 200 was chased with 15 overs to spare.

Away to Aston Manor, Stratford had the luxury of declaring with 337-7 on the board – an innings dominated by an unbeaten 208 from Jake Salman. Tom Whitting took 5-36 as the hosts survived their 54 overs, with Stratford settling for a winning draw.

The following week, an all-round bowling performance defended 192 by bowling visitors Bromsgrove out for 154, and a fortnight later, Tom Whitting took 6-28 in a 91 victory at Swans Nest.

The highest team total of the season was posted at Sutton Coldfield. The bulk of the 347 runs came from a huge opening partnership with Yasser Sirdar (154) and Andy Fisher (100), both making their first centuries for the club. Sutton Coldfield ground out a losing draw, scoring just 128 in their 50 overs.

Victory at home to Barnards Green included 102 from opening batsman Harry Adams plus 6-28 from allrounder Ben Pigott. And the following week, Luke Nardone scored 105 to set up a 95 run victory versus Stourbridge.

That was to be Stratford’s last win of the season – the final four games included 2 abandonments and 2 defeats, so the team had to settle for fourth position. Although they suffered just 3 defeats all season (only bettered by champions Berkswell), the team had 6 home games abandoned due weather which didn’t help their cause.

With numerous stand-out innings from their batsman plus consistent allround bowling performances, the team has much to look forward to for the 2017 season.

Many thanks to all players who took part, to captain Josh Hickman, t0 David Troughton and all other umpires, to all scorers, 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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Season Review: Bards win promotion

Stratford Bards enjoyed a record-breaking 2016 season which resulted in a second consecutive promotion – finishing second in the Cotswold Hills League 4th Division with 12 victories and just a single loss.

The squad was bolstered over the winter with Richard Sykes, Steve Cootes, Iain Lythall and Harry Jolly moving down from the 2nd XI, giving the squad plenty of experience. New faces included Matt Dutton and Jamie Carter, whilst Sam Bishop took over as captain from the departing John Paton.

After an early loss away to Inkberrow, the Bards were quickly into their stride with a brisk victory at Blockley and a hard-fought 2-wicket-win at Tanworth. Catherine de Barnes, Leamington and Alcester & Ragley were bowled out for sub-100 totals as the Bards stormed up the table.

The records started in July, when the Bards set a new record team score of 341 against Inkberrow thanks to 125 from Pete Richards.

This record only lasted a week however, as Overbury were subject to an onslaught from Tim Smart – he scored 211 from 123 balls (he moved from 100 to 200 in just 38 balls), including 10 sixes – as 390 runs were amassed.

The record survived the following week – just. The 385-4 against Blockley included a club record opening partnership of 278 between Luke Nardone (137) and Will Noble (171).

The season finished with 3 consecutive abandonments which scuppered hopes of overtaking champions Dorridge.

Other notable performances included an unbeaten 102 for Matt Dutton against Alcester & Ragley (Bishop also finished unbeaten on 97), 6-40 for Bishop at Tanworth plus a trio of 5-fers for Jolly.

Many thanks to all players who part, to captain Sam Bishop, to umpire Paul Rathkey, to Iain Lythall and all others who helped prepare the wickets at Alscot, to John Paton who left the club early in season following several years as captain, and to the Alscot estate where we play (and who also sponsor the team shirts).

Read on for final table plus batting/bowling statistics.

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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.

1st XI win promotion

Stratford’s 1st XI won promotion from Birmingham League Division Three this season. After last season’s heartbreak, where they missed out on the last day of the season, they finished as runners-up thanks to impressive bowling performances throughout the season.

Opening bowlers Tom Grundy and Mike Brown plus spinner James Urquhart shared 128 wickets between them. All three featured in the top 10 wicket takers for the division, with Grundy leading the division in overs bowled (233) and maidens (55). Brown was one of just three players in the division to take a 7-wicket haul, having taken 7-39 against Astwood Bank. Grundy and Brown combined to devastating effect against Pelsall, bowling unchanged to bowl out their opponents for just 73 in 20 overs, whilst a team bowling performance skittled Water Orton for just 51 in a 141-run victory.

The batting was led by overseas player and current Dutch international Ben Cooper. He hit centuries against Streetly (where 239 was chased with 15 overs remaining) and Pelsall. His average of 52 was the second highest in the division.

Other batsmen also made vital contributions during the season – Chris Whelan made three half-centuries whilst Ben Pigott, Dex Purser, Rob West and Harry Adams all passed 300 runs. Meanwhile, Pigott’s unbeaten 30 in a 2-wicket win versus Astwood Bank and Witt’s unbeaten 20 in a nervy 1-wicket win at home to Fordhouses both proved vital in the final standings.

Their promotion was sealed in their penultimate game away to Fordhouses. Their previous game was a wash out and had enabled Fordhouses to close the gap in the league table. After a 87-run opening partnership, the hosts lost 10 wickets for 37 runs to be bowled out for 124. A quick-fire half-century from Cooper saw home by 6 wickets.

Congratulations to all players involved during the campaign. Many thanks to Mike Brown for captaining the team to promotion. Thanks also go to Brian Webb and the rest of the team who helped prepare the Swans Nest Lane ground, to Ben Cooper our overseas player, to Andy Flower for his coaching and advice, main sponsor REPL, and to Matt Wilson at the Herald for the great coverage we received during the season.

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2nd XI relegated

Stratford’s 2nd XI suffered a frustrating season ultimately resulting in their relegation back to the Birmingham League Division Two South. Having been promoted as champions the season before, they missed key players throughout the season and, already faced with a difficult task due to four teams being relegated from the 12-team league, finished bottom.

Wins were few and far between, however possibly the most memorable performance of the season came against Kenilworth Wardens. The hosts had reached 273-2 after 45 overs when they surprisingly declared. However Kenilworth’s captain, former Stratford player Mark Pidgeon, was left with egg on his face when Josh Hickman’s 103 led Stratford to a remarkable victory.

Despite this season’s setback, the team can look forward to next season season. They will be bolstered by winter signings and will surely face fewer selection issues next summer, allowing them to field a more consistent XI through the season.

Many thanks to skipper Rich Sykes plus Adam Joseph, who filled in as captain on several occasion. Thanks also go to David Troughton, our umpire, to Brian Webb, our head groundsman and umpire, and to main sponsors REPL.

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