With today’s weather resulting in three washouts for our senior teams, here is a recap of last weekend’s results. For a later-than-planned update of our other May results, please read this post.
After a washout interrupted a run of three consecutive wins, Stratford played host to Kings Heath. Buoyed by their recent work with former England coach Andy Flower, the batsman were hoping to see some early results. At the halfway point however, their total was considered below par. The top order lost frequent wickets and it needed 41 from captain Whelan to reach a total of 138 all out. Bowlers Kumar and Davis impressed with 4 and 5 wickets respectively.
Stratford’s bowlers have started the season impressively and they knew they needed another strong performance. What followed was a spectacular opening spell from Tom Grundy who bowled a 13.4 overs unbroken. Bowling full and at the stumps, he repeatedly found enough movement to beat the bat and strike the pads. Five LBWs appeals were upheld, whilst he also hit the stumps to leave him with figures of 6-17. He also deflected a straight drive off his own bowling onto the stumps to run out the non-striker. At the other end, Whelan took three wickets – two caught behind and a further bowled. Kings Heath were all out for just 69, half the target and with only 26.4 overs on the board.
The second XIs of the same teams faced off at Kings Heath. In restricting the hosts to 157 all out, the bowlers shared the wickets – Smart (2) and Hughes (1) removed the top order whilst Lythall (3) and Jolly (2) mopped up the tail. Opener Eastham carried his bat to make an unbeaten 58, with 24 extras boosting the score.
Stratford, however, could not string together a partnership and instead were forced to play for the draw. With the one-day portion of the season over, staying in for the 51 overs would have seen their achieve a ‘losing draw’. This they managed for the loss of 8 wickets. Jolly top-scored with 23 not out, from number 10, and the rear-guard defiance helped secure the team some valuable points that looked unlikely earlier in their innings.
Bards (Third XI)
The Bards put in a disappointing batting performance at home to Earlswood III. Having opted to bowl, the visitors were initially frustrated by an opening partnership between Blake (36) and Jeavens (19), but once that partnership was broken with both falling to Sam Shale, who took 5-30, a middle-order collapse saw Stratford set a target of just 114. In reply, although they lost their openers for single-figure scores, cameos from their middle-order saw Earlswood through to their target after 37 overs. They were helped by 31 extras, more than any individual contribution. John Paton conceded a remarkable 6 runs off his 10 overs, whilst Thadius Kaminski-Gaze took 3 of the 5 wickets to fall.