We are delighted to announce our captains for the upcoming 2018 season!
1st XI – Chris Whelan
2nd XI – Josh Hickman
Bards XI – Matt Dutton
Chris Whelan returns to his post as captain, four years after leading Stratford to a third place finish – missing out on promotion by 6 points. The ex-first-class cricketer, who represented Worcestershire, Middlesex and Glamorgan, will hope to improve on last year’s disappointing mid-table finish.
Josh Hickman remains as 2nd XI captain for a third consecutive year. Josh has never finished worse than 4th in the league – agonisingly missing out on promotion last year by a single point!
This will be Matt’s first year as captain, as head junior coach his aim will be to introduce more future Stratford 1st team players into adult cricket, starting with the Bards team. Best of luck to Matt for the year in Cotswold Hills League, Division 3.
Stay tuned for more Panthers news with our upcoming AGM on Thursday 7th December at 7:00pm.
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.
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.
A big congratulations to our Under 15s who have won the Warwickshire Youth Cricket League U15 Championship!
As announced in the Stratford Herald, the U15s completed the season unbeaten, with their 8th win from 8 games coming against Four Oaks last Sunday.
||Four Oaks Saints
The full table can be seen on the Warwickshire Youth Cricket Play Cricket page.
- 26th May – beat Handsworth by 89 runs
- 10th May – Beat Nuneaton by 5 wickets
- 17th May – Beat Standard Coventry by 89 runs
- 24th May – beat Warwick by 3 wickets
- 14th June – beat Aston Manor by 5 wickets
- 5th July – beat Harborne by 8 wickets
- 2nd August – beat Dorridge by 9 wickets
- 9th August – beat Four Oaks Saints by 41 runs
Last Sunday saw another victory for the Stratford Under 15s, away against Handsworth Cricket Club. At the end of a slow game on a cool but sunny morning, in the idyllic setting of Handsworth Park, its Pavilion filled with reminiscences of the riches of West Indian cricket, to a soundtrack of pleasing leisureliness, Stratford won.
Once again, a sustained innings from Matthew Rickett formed the hub of the Stratford innings. He had a number of useful partners along the way – Charlie Palenciano Middleton scoring a quick 22, falling to Handsworth leggie Johnson (who finished 31 for 3), and Harry Sunderland, who put on a nippy 28, before being bowled. Rickett was eventually run out for 41. With a handsome helping of extras, Stratford finished 182 for 6, offering Handsworth 183 to win.
It was clear from the start that Handsworth were never going to surpass Stratford’s total. Thanks to fine, mean, accurate bowling from Stratford attack pair Middleton and Whitby, Handsworth were stalled on 28-0 after 10 overs, chasing 182 in 25. Gradually Handsworth sought to open their shoulders, but their recovery was not to be, as two wickets fell to Alex Beesley, one to Billy Dingley, and another to Harry Sunderland. It was yet another fine team performance by Stratford U15s, which they won by 89 runs. Handsworth opener Dylan Johnson carried his bat (32 no) after a very determined and focused display.