STRATFORD will relish the chance to show their title credentials when leaders Stourbridge visit Swans Nest Lane on Saturday.
The match of the day pits second versus first with 13 points separating the two sides after last weekend’s fixtures.
While leaders Stourbridge defeated Rugby by seven wickets, Stratford recorded a six-wicket success at Handsworth, thanks to a devastating six-wicket haul from James Urquhart.
Handsworth, having been put into bat, looked well placed at 85-1 after a 79-run stand between Carby Dawkins (54) and Renrick Cooper (36) but Urquhart struck twice in quick succession to dismiss both batsmen and begin a Stratford strangehold on proceedings.
Only the final two batsmen subsequently recorded double figures as the hosts were dismissed for 161 all out in the 36th over.
Urquhart was the pick of the attack, finishing with 6-33 off 12.1 overs, while Archie Walker chipped in with 2-33. Dexter Purser and Gareth Langman were the other wicket-takers.
Openers Purser and Langman then laid the foundations for the Panthers with a first-wicket stand of 65.
Purser cracked a run-a-ball 40 and Langman hit 31 before Declan Waddington continued the good work to steer them home with an unbeaten half-century, scoring 54 not out off 83 balls.
Stratford seconds completed a double, recording a five-wicket win at home to Handsworth in Second XI Division Two South.
The visitors, having been put into bat, were all out for 228 and Stratford got home off the penultimate ball of the 49th over.
The seconds head to Stourbridge tomorrow.
Stratford Bards fell to a 93-run defeat at Mickleton in Cotswold Hills League Division Three.
James Adams top-scored with 46 as Mickleton, having been put in, reached 199 all out after 45 overs. Richard Smith (4-36) and Ajay Joseph (3-34) were the key bowlers.
In reply, only Will Noble (24) and Barnaby Bos (20) made any lasting contributions as Bards were hustled out for 106 in the 34th over.
Bards entertain Stanway on Saturday in a clash between the bottom two.