Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club

Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club

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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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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.

2019 season approaches


Winter nets are being held every Sunday. There are 10 sessions, each 2pm until 4pm at Stratford High School. £3 per person. Everyone welcome, including juniors and new players.


Senior fixtures for the new season have been released. They can be viewed on the club calendar and can be downloaded too.

Fixtures for juniors will be released once available.

Brian Webb

Following the passing of club stalwart Brian Webb over the winter, his family would like to thank everyone for the support and sympathy they received. They have also announced that over £1,000 was raised in his memory for the British Heart Foundation.

2018, 2019 and call for new players

Looking back on 2018

The 1st XI started strongly in the Birmingham League 3rd Division and were initially promotion contenders before finishing 5th. Spinner James Urquhart finished with 61 wickets, the most by anyone in the entire Birmingham League. Dexter Purser scored over 700 runs whilst Chris Whelan made his first century for the club.

The 2nd XI also finished 5th, in the 2nd XI 2nd Division South. Adam Joseph and Finlay Hatch both made centuries, whilst Richard Smith contributed the most wickets.

The Bards struggled throughout the season with availability and, with no thanks to two forfeited fixtures, were comfortably last in the Cotswold Hills 3rd Division. Despite this, Nick Jones scored over 350 runs including his first century for the club, and the team did manage to beat the league champions Adlestrop.

Looking ahead to 2019

Due to a restructure of the Birmingham League which dissolved several of the lower divisions, the club has now joined the Warwickshire Cricket League. One benefit this brings is significantly less travelling!

The 1st XI will be in the Premier Division whilst the 2nd XI will compete in the 4th Division. Whereas the BDPL has different league structures for 1st and 2nd XIs, this is not the case with the WCL. The Bards will play in Division 4 of the Cotswold Hills League.

A call for new players

The club is open to new playing members who are interested in representing any of our 3 teams. You are welcome to attend winter nets in the New Year (details will be announced in due course) to try out the club.

Whilst we aim to play competitive, winning cricket, we also want to play the game right – as emphasised by the 1st XI winning their division’s Fair Play award in 2017. We hope you find the club to be welcoming and fun, but also ambitious and a place for you to become a better cricketer.

If you are interested in joining, please contact either Richard Sykes (07841 199 913) or Will Noble (07971 968 471). We look forward to hearing from you.

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