September 28th, 2016

Rain and T20 defeat frustrates Stratford Cricket Club

Updated: 2:55 pm, May 26, 2016

STRATFORD will be looking to bounce back from a frustrating week when they entertain Oswestry tomorrow (Saturday).

The Panthers’ Birmingham League Division Two match with Shifnal was abandoned due to heavy rain last Saturday.

Then the team was knocked out of the Birmingham League Twenty20 Challenge Cup against Kenilworth Wardens on Wednesday night, despite an excellent all-round display from Perry Derrick.

Wardens won the toss and batted first in the first round tie, hitting 127-7 in their reduced innings of 16 overs.

Scott Stenning’s 36 off 24 balls, Blake Maher’s 38 off 28 and Martin Donald’s 24 off 14 provided the impetus to the Kenilworth innings.

They had reached 119-3 before Derrick ripped through the visitors’ batting, claiming four for 26 in his three overs.

Stratford’s reply stuttered from the start and they were unable to build any momentum, with the first six batsmen only able to find the boundary three times.

When Yasser Sindar fell for 13 off 18 balls, Stratford were 54-6.

But Derrick set about a late charge, smacking an unbeaten 26 off 21 balls. as Stratford ended on 89-7.

Last Saturday, Stratford’s bowlers faced a tough afternoon as Shifnal reached 240-4 in their 49 overs.

Steve Leach hit the day’s highest score, finishing 128 not out off 132 balls, and he was backed up by Jack McIver’s 52.

Spinner James Urquhart took 2-44 in his 44 overs, with Panthers skipper Mike Brown and Tom Grundy taking a wicket apiece.

However, the rain meant Stratford did not have the opportunity to start their innings.

Stratford took six points and lie seventh in the table.

The Seconds’ match in Division Two 2nd XI South at home to Sutton Coldfield was also abandoned.

Alex Marney (35), Josh Hickman (30no) and Harry Abell (25) provided the main batting to Stratford’s 147 all out at Swans Nest Lane.

Sutton looked in a good position at 74-2 in 16 overs but the bad weather then halted play.

The 2nds head to Barnards Green tomorrow (Saturday).

* A five-wicket haul for Harry Jolly followed by an unbeaten 74 from Nicholas Jones steered Stratford Bards to an eight-wickets victory against Overbury in the Cotswold Hills League Fourth Division.

Jolly finished with remarkable figures of 5-13 off ten overs, including four maidens, as Overbury reached 148-7 in their 45 overs.

Bards’ opening pair Matt Dutton (48) and Jones (74no) then provided the perfect platform in their run chase and they eased home in the 26th over.

The Bards visit Blockley tomorrow (Saturday).

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