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.
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.
Congratulations to Colin Davis who received the Halesowen Trophy at the recent Midlands Club Cricket Conference in Birmingham for services to Junior Cricket.
Awarding the trophy to Colin is Paul Horton (Leicestershire CC player).
Colin was joined on the night by fellow club stalwarts Brian Webb and Paul Biddlecombe.
Well done Colin!
Colin Davis (R) and Paul Horton
Brian Webb (L), Paul Biddlecombe (C) and Colin Davis (R)
The Award Certificate
The dates for our winter nets are now confirmed. The full winter schedule is:
- Sunday 29th January
- Sunday 5th February
- Sunday 12th February
- Sunday 19th February
- Sunday 26th February
- Sunday 5th March
- Sunday 12th March
- Sunday 19th March
- Sunday 26th March
- Sunday 2nd April
Time: 5pm to 7pm every week
Venue: Evesham Cricket Centre, Prince Henry’s School, Victoria Avenue, Evesham, WR11 4QH.
Cost: £6 per person per session (money to be collected on the day).
It goes without saying that juniors are very welcome, particularly those who are looking to play senior cricket next season (assumed U15 and up). This is a great opportunity to integrate with the whole senior squad.
The Evesham facility has a balcony viewing area should anyone want to watch the session – all welcome!
Dependent on weather and the state of the grounds, outdoor training will commence at Swans Nest Lane in the first week of April.
Should you need to contact anyone regarding details, please use our contact form.