Batting first on Saturday, Stratford made 220-9 in a game reduced to 50 overs after a delayed start, before reducing the hosts to 172-7 at stumps. Stratford took 16 points from the game against eight for Fordhouses.

Whelan told the Herald: “We should be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. It might well go to the wire but we are on a good run and we are undefeated since the opening game of the season — which is great when you consider that we will be at the halfway point come Saturday.”

Stratford are back on home soil on Saturday when lowly Newport are the visitors in a 12noon start.

For the full story see Thursday’s Stratford Herald.