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2019 Awards Evening

The club reflected on the highs and lows of the 2019 season at our annual awards evening. Many thanks to Jess May for the outstanding 3 course meal, and also to former Panther turned Warwickshire Captain and now Warwickshire Head Coach, Jim Troughton for handing out the awards.

1st XI Player of the Year – Dexter Purser

2nd XI Player of the Year – Richard Smith

Bards Player of the Year – Nishi Kant

Junior Player of the Year – Harry Bailey

Clubman of the Year – Harry Abell for captaining the 2nds and Sunday Smash XI, heading selection, helping with grounds and much more.

Special Award – Cricket World’s ‘Performance of the Month’ Shortlist Certificate‬ – Joe Leaver & Will Noble for their 130 run partnership‬ vs Bidford

2019 Season Review

1st XI – 5th in WCB Premier Division

The Panthers 1st XI flirted with the top spots in their maiden season in the Warwickshire Cricket Board setup. A strong first half of the season, led by opening bowlers Tom Grundy and Archie Walker, resulted in 6 wins from their first 8 games. That run included successfully defending just 80 against Rugby.

Injuries contributed to a winless July, but a strong end to the season meant a very credible 5th place.

Most runs

615 – Dexter Purser (top score 93)
388 – Luke Nardone (top score 71)
321 – Gareth Langman (top score 104*)

Most wickets

40 – Tom Grundy (best 6/16)
29 – Archie Walker (best 4/25)
26 – James Urquhart (best 5/30)


2nd XI – 10th in WCB Division 4

A tough start to the season saw the 2nds lose their opening four games before bouncing back strongly with a 10-wicket win at Rugby and a 33-run victory over Hunningham.

However the losses continued during the season and the team were perilously placed before a crucial run of 3 consecutive victories left them safe from relegation with one game to spare.

Most runs

300 – Jimmy Harcourt (top score 67*)
260 – Richard Smith (top score 43)
235 – Nick Jones (top score 89)

Most wickets

18 – Richard Smith (best 4/36)
16 – Henry Smith (best 4/19)
14 – Ben Simmons (best 3/8) and Tom Hatch (best 4/45)


Bards – 10th in Cotswold Hills Division 4

Similarly to last season, the Bards opened the season with 2 concessions in the opening month which left them rooted to the bottom of the table for the whole season, although a minor restructure of the league means they will continue to play in Division 4 in 2020.

An early season highlight was an unbeaten 127 run partnership between captain Will Noble (156*) and 13-year-old debutant Joe Leaver (37*) against eventual champions Bidford.

The season was finished on a high with back-to-back home victories over Leek Wooton and Rowington, the latter featuring unbeaten 50s from James Bryan and Sam Gill.

Most runs

320 – Will Noble (top score 156*)
219 – James Bryan (top score 77*)
145 – Nishi Kant (top score 54)

Most wickets

11 – Nishi Kant (best 3/35)
9 – Matt Hallett (best 4/41)
7 – Dan Regan (best 4/38)

Panthers win Sunday Smash

The Panthers won the inaugural Sunday Smash competition, beating Knowle & Dorridge at Edgbaston today.

Stratford scored 124 runs off their 100 balls, led by Dexter Purser’s 57 (44 balls, 6 fours, 2 sixes). They then reduced K&D to 10-3 before Tom Smith started to turn the game in the chaser’s favour – that was until a stunning boundary catch from Jack Grundy sent Smith back for 47.

The Panthers closed out a 14 run win and lifted the trophy in front of the club members, friends and family who made the trip with them to Birmingham.

“The fact we went to the home of county cricket and won a cup final will give us something to build on. There’s a great atmosphere around the club with lots of local lads whose parents are also involved”

Martin Beese, Head Coach

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Dates for the diary

President’s VIP Day
Sunday, September 8, 2019 (please note the change of date)

Join our President, Ali Troughton, at a buffet lunch which will be followed by a Past XI v Present XI 40-over match. This has proved an enjoyable day in the last few years and a great chance for old and new friends to catch up.
Partners are very welcome and the cost per head will be £15 to include lunch and afternoon tea and cake.

[CANCELLED] Bonfire Night at The Bell
Friday, November 1
The Bell, at Alderminster, will be under new management this autumn and therefore will be unable to host the fund-raising fireworks evening on behalf of the club.

Cricket Club Dinner
Friday, November 8
Details to follow

2019 Fixture Book Released

Our fixture book include fixtures for all our senior and junior sides. A paper copy will be included in all membership packs.

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