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Stratford Town ‘might protect a few players’ away at champions Merthyr

STRATFORD Town travel to South Wales tomorrow to face league champions, Merthyr Town, on the final day of the season, but the big question is, with second spot still up for grabs, do they risk playing a strong side? Town are already guaranteed a home tie in a play-off semi-final on Tuesday night, just three days later. One point ahead of local rivals Evesham United in third, they know that winning Saturday’s game in Wales guarantees them second in Division One (South & West) of the S…

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New generation of Stratford boxers make their mark

THE new generation of boxers at Stratford and District Boxing Academy are making their mark on the boxing world. Miriam Zouhou, aged 16, was one of four girls picked at an England talent day to attend a three-day youth development session in Sheffield. After this, she competed against Chloe Gorringe of Berinsfield in Oxfordshire, a two-times national finalist.…

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Stratford girls reach national schools final for second time

YEAR 10 and 11 girls from Stratford-upon-Avon School are playing in the English Schools’ FA U16 Championship final at Birmingham City’s ground, St Andrew’s, on Friday 1st May. It is the second time the girls from the school on Alcester Road have reached the national final, having won the prestigious title as Year 7 and 8 pupils three years ago.…

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Southam United make it three wins in five days

Southam United 2-1 Alvis Sporting Midland Football League Division One SAINTS returned to league action on Wednesday evening, playing host to ground sharers Alvis Sporting, and completed a hat-trick of wins within five days. After a lively start, the game became scrappy for the rest of the first half which ended goalless.  …

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Warwickshire settle for a draw on anticlimactic final day

LV= County Championship Hampshire 319 & 339 Warwickshire 280 & 244/5 Match drawn WARWICKSHIRE and Hampshire settled for a draw in their LV=County Championship match at Edgbaston after a final day which had promised much delivered only stalemate. At start of play both sides had a sniff of victory as Warwickshire resumed on 47 without loss, needing another 332 to reel in their target of 379, while Hampshire had to find ten wickets. A Hampshire win was unlikely, their bowlers' task m…

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Indoor Bowls: Smith retains singles championship at Avon Valley

AVON Valley Indoor Bowling Club hosted its Club Competition Finals and Presentation of Prizes over the weekend to conclude the 2014/2015 season. Andy Smith retained the Men’s Singles Championship with a comprehensive 21-11 victory against Tony Thurlbeck. Smith took an early 11-1 lead in the final and was always in control of the contest. Despite some big saving shots from Thurlbeck during the match, Smith’s consistency was crucial to the match result.…

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Stratford triathlete tops his age group in Duston

A QUARTET from Stratford-upon-Avon Triathlon Club headed to Duston, Northamptonshire, for an early season Sprint Triathlon on Sunday. Alan Coley-Smith came 29th out of 378 runners but was the first male back in his age group, 50-54. The event starts with a 400m pool swim at The Duston School, followed by a 20km bike route.…

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Warwickshire face tough chase on final day against Hampshire

LV=County Championship — End of day three Hampshire 1st inns: 319 (89.3 overs) 2nd inns: 339 (94.2 overs) Warwickshire 1st inns: 280 (85.3 overs) 2nd inns: 47/0 Warwickshire trail by 331 runs AN accomplished century by Sean Ervine has given Hampshire a scent of their first LV=County Championship victory of the season, against Warwickshire at Edgbaston. The Zimbabwean all-rounder struck a near-flawless 102 (144 balls, 14 fours, one six) — his 17th first-class century — to first ste…

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Southam United reach their second cup final of the season

Southam United 3-0 Littleton Les James Challenge Cup Semi-Final SOUTHAM United made it through to their second cup final of the season at Banbury Road on Monday night with a commanding performance against fellow Midland Football League Division One outfit, Littleton. Saints will now face Bromsgrove Sporting in the final at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium on Wednesday 6th May. It’s the second final Southam have reached in a week, Quentin Townsend’s men also beat Folly Lane in the Cove…

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Ambrose admits Hampshire still in control despite bullish century

LV= County Championship — End of day two Hampshire 2nd inns: 38/1 (12 overs) 1st inns: 319 (89.3 overs) Warwickshire 1st inns: 280 (85.3 overs) Hampshire lead by 77 runs TIM Ambrose's bullish century underpinned a Warwickshire fightback after Hampshire’s seam-bowlers had put their side in control on the second day of their county championship match at Edgbaston. When Warwickshire, collectively guilty of fallible judgment outside off-stump, declined to 120 for six in reply to 31…

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