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CRICKET - Stratford toil to earn first winning draw of season

Stratford Editorial 25th May, 2023   0

STRATFORD-upon-Avon Cricket Club battled to their first winning draw of the season in a close game against Aston Manor.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat only to lose openers Josh Hickman (1) and Dexter Purser (13) early on to leave Stratford on 18-2.

However, Matthew Warren (44) led the recovery before he was run out as Stratford passed the 100-run mark for the loss of three wickets.

Gareth Langman (76) was the chief run scorer as his impressive knock held the innings together.

Cameron Stiles chipped in with a useful 22 as Stratford posted 194-9 from their 50 overs.

In reply, Stratford made the perfect start as Archie Walker (3-27) accounted for Aston Manor opener Yousuf Akbar (0).

And Tom Grundy (2-31) then took the wicket of Mohammed Aqeeb (12) to leave Aston Manor in trouble on 13-2.

Grundy’s other wicket saw him bowl Usama Khan (18) to restrict Aston Manor to 41-3.

However, Bilal Hussain (50) and Muhammad Afridi (65) both achieved half-centuries before Stiles (1-17) eventually dismissed the former.

A flurry of late wickets edged Stratford closer to overall victory as the away side saw three batters come and go for the addition of just eight runs.

And despite the best efforts of Stratford’s bowlers, Aston Manor reached the end of their 50 overs on 177-8.

That meant Stratford took 16 points from the fixture and secured their first winning draw of the campaign.

The club’s second team eased to a 98-run win at Dorridge.

Despite being bowled out for 156 in 36.2 overs, Stratford’s bowlers produced a ruthless display to bowl out their opponents for just 58 runs.

Only one Dorridge batter managed double figures as James Harrison took 5-29 with the home side bowled out in the space of just 16.4 overs.

And the club’s third team also claimed an impressive victory to beat Norton Lindsey and Wolverton by eight wickets.

Stratford needed just nine overs to score the 74 runs required after they bowled out their opponents for 73.

And Stratford’s Conor Green finished with figures of 2-0 from his two overs.

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