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Panthers reach Smash KO

Stratford Editorial 31st Jul, 2019

STRATFORD have sealed their place in the knockout stages of the inaugural Warwickshire Sunday Smash with an unbeaten record.

After their Warwickshire League Premier Division match at Rugby was abandoned due to rain on Saturday, the Panthers made it six wins from six in the first county 100-ball tournament with a four-wicket success at home to Olton & West Warwicks on Sunday.

Having chased down Olton’s 136-4 with an over to spare, Stratford top Group Four with maximum points, with two games to play.

They are guaranteed a top-two place which will mean a place in the semi-finals day at Bedworth.

Only Solihull Blossomfield can deny them top spot but Stratford will be certain of first place if they can defeat Knowle & Dorridge, who lie second, on Sunday (2pm).

It was a frustrating Saturday after all three teams’ matches were wrecked without a ball being bowled.

The firsts slipped to fifth after their Premier Division match at Rugby was washed out at Webb Ellis Road.

Coventry & North Warwickshire, who defeated third-placed Attock in one of only three matches to reach a conclusion, jumped above them and Stratford will look to get back to winning ways at home to Sutton Coldfield on Saturday.

The seconds, who lie 13 points from safety in Division Four after their match at home to Bedworth was abandoned, visit basement side Hunningham on Saturday in a crunch contest.

Stratford Bards, who look doomed to relegation with one win all season, are at home to Claverdon at Alscot Park in Cotswold Hills League Division Four.

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