Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club

Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club

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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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REPL Funday Gallery

Last Sunday, REPL, the club’s main sponsor, held their annual charity cricket match and company summer party at Swans Nest Lane. All charitable proceeds went to the Molly Olly’s Wishes charity, REPL’s chosen beneficiary. It was a day of sunshine and showers, with a Twelve12 game of pairs cricket (Stratford XII victorious over REPL XII), a BBQ, auction, raffle and various inflatable attractions. Here are a selection of photos from the day.



Stratford polo shirts now available

We have teamed up with REPL to produce a range of polo shirts so that players and supporters alike can support the club and look good in the summer sun!

The range includes 3 colours in various sizes – Maroon – Green – Purple for the ladies – and there is also a ‘Coach’ Edition for our hard working coaches. Shirts cost £20 each (this includes £15 production cost and a £5 contribution will go towards club coffers).

Please take this opportunity to be part of the team and support the club in style this summer!

To order, send an email to requesting the size and colour, then pay via BACS (details below) and collect at the clubhouse bar. Alternatively you can pay in cash at the clubhouse bar.

  • Account Name: Stratford Cricket Club
  • Sort Code: 30-98-26
  • Account Number: 00936724
  • Reference: “My Name – Polo Shirt”

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.

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.

Read on for final table plus batting/bowling statistics.

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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.

Read on for final table plus batting/bowling statistics.

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