Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club

Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club

Incorporating Stratford Bards

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Past Players & Friends Association

The club would very much like to form a Past Players & Friends Association. We want to retain our links with former players and social members who are so important in providing memories and stories of a club that is now in its 125 year.

We have already researched club captains going back to 1945 and would welcome any additional photographs or written anecdotes that can be added to our archive.

As ever, all clubs need financial support, so if you are able to help us in one of the following ways, we would be extremely grateful.

1. Become a “Vice President”. There are now two categories or VP.

(i) £85 (min donation). This money goes entirely to the cricket club

(ii) £110 (min donation). This entitles VPs to be members of the whole sports club with the benefit of using all the club’s facilities and includes a car park pass and an entry fob.

2. Join the 100 Club. For £5, paid via a monthly standing order, you are allocated a number (you can buy multiple numbers if you wish). Each month there is a draw for three cash prizes and a Super Draw in September. Prize money is proportionate to the number of participants.

2018, 2019 and call for new players

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.

Brian Webb

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Brian Webb on Saturday.

Webby, as he was commonly known, was one of the most recognisable faces around our club. Since the early 1980s Brian spent countless hours watching, coaching, umpiring, sitting on committees and latterly working on the grounds. Hundreds of junior players across Warwickshire will have been coached by Brian, with his infectious laugh and cheering bringing a smile to many faces.

Stratford Upon Avon Avon Cricket club and the general cricket world has lost a great man and his legacy will live on for a long time.

RIP Webby – we’ll all miss you.

President’s VIP Day

We are once again inviting you to join our President, Ali Troughton, and other Club members to the President’s VIP Day on Sunday 2nd September. Over the last couple of years, this has been a very memorable day and the sight of so many past players, spanning several decades, meeting up again after many years, is always wonderful to see.

As last year, there will be a buffet lunch followed by 40 over cricket match, Current Players v President’s Invitation XI, the teams being made up of past and present players. The cost for lunch and tea will be £10 per head. Partners welcome.

As part of our fundraising on the day, we shall be running our usual raffle and would be grateful for any prizes that you can donate or items we can auction. Please let us know what they are beforehand if possible.

To book your place, please contact us.

Past Players & Friends Association

We are still looking at forming a Past Players & Friends Association for those who have previously played for Stratford CC or the Bards CC, or been associated with the Club in some way. We want to recognise all people connected with this great club as part of our network. In order to preserve the history of the Club, we need to draw on different generations to ensure the legacy is kept strong.

Whilst everyone acknowledges the huge commitment that is given during the playing years, it is imperative the next generation that comes along has the facility to be able to look back at the Club’s history. Memories, through stories and photos from previous players, helps keep the bond strong. So if any of you have old photos you could bring along on the day, that would be great. We have already researched Club Captains’ going back to 1945 and this will be added to our Web site. We are very grateful for your support and hope you will encourage your family and friends to do likewise either by:

1. Becoming a “Vice President”. For a minimum £85 donation, this provides full Club membership benefits, including an entry fob for the clubhouse and a parking pass for the car park (as well as a Fixture Book and Club Newsletter).

2. Signing up to take part in the “100 Club”. For £5, paid via a monthly standing order, you are allocated a number (you can buy multiple numbers if you wish). Each month there is a draw for 3 cash prizes and a Super Draw in September – last year won by Ed Cunynghame with £223.75. So, it’s well worth it!

Spring Newsletter and Fixture Book Released

The cricket season is almost upon us! Our 1st and 2nd XIs start next Saturday (28th – a one week delay from initial start due to prolonged rain) with the Bards starting in May.

With the new season comes our Spring Newsletter – it contains all the news about our new overseas player, captaincy changes, important changes to the Birmingham League structure, sponsorship updates, and much more besides.

Download Spring Newsletter

Our fixture book is also available for download – rather than include it in the membership pack (VPs and social members will be sent a physical copy).

Download Fixture Book

A few reminders:  firstly, our fixtures are available to download, so please make sure you know when and where our teams are playing. Secondly, if you want to continue playing, please renew your membership! Lastly, please make life easy for our captains by setting your availability on our Doodle poll (and update it if circumstances change).

We look forward to see you soon at Swans Nest Lane and Alscot Park this new season.

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