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18th Sep, 2021

Champions Stratford now look for promotion

Correspondent 15th Sep, 2021

STRATFORD were celebrating after being crowned Warwickshire County League Premier Division champions on a day of twists in the final day of the season.

But now they turn their attention to winning a place in the Birmingham Premier League.

Walmley started the final fixture as table-toppers but they slipped to a surprise defeat to lowly Sutton Coldfield.

Meanwhile, the Panthers recorded a winning draw at Solihull Municipal to take the crown by 0.3 points average.

Dexter Purser’s side will now head to Worcestershire champions Stourbridge on Saturday in the first match of the play-offs to reach the Birmingham Premier League.

On Sunday, Stratford entertain South Staffs title winner Lichfield before a home game against Shropshire League winners Worfield next Saturday (September 25).

The top two teams from the mini league will then be promoted.

Last weekend, Stratford’s title hopes looked to be hanging by a thread when they slipped to 73-6 having been put into bat.

Nick Pepper had provided some impetus with 43 off 41 balls and Josh Colwell added 44 but an unbroken 58-run stand between Archie Walker (51) and Henry Smith, who smashed 36 off 18 balls, resurrected the innings.

At 68-1, Municipal would have fancied their chances but Colwell then struck twice and James Urquhart (2-18) got rid of top scorer James Roslyn (49) to tip the balance towards Stratford.

Purser then took 2-10 to leave the hosts on 120-7 at the end of their 50 overs.

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