Stratford 3rds promoted from Cotswold Hills League Division Four despite defeat to Welford
Cotswold Hills League, Division Four
Stratford 3rds 163-9
Welford-on-Avon won by three wickets
STRATFORD 3rds secured promotion from Cotswold Hills League Division Four, despite going down by three wickets to Welford.
Dan Regan’s side needed just one point to clinch promotion and the six picked up against Welford ensured there was plenty to celebrate, despite the result not going their way.
The Panthers chose to bat after winning the toss, where they were limited to 163-9 from their allotted 40 overs.
Conor Green (42) and Sam Douthwaite (36) were the main-stayers for Stratford, while Mark Weston (3-40) was pick of the Welford bowlers.
In reply, Welford claimed victory with just two balls to spare, reaching 167-7 with the help of Weston’s 57 and 46 from James Guest.
Charlie Middleton (4-16) shone with the ball for Stratford.
The team, previously known as Stratford Bards, relaunched this year under captain Regan and found success with a mixture of experienced players and talented juniors.
Regan's side only lost two games all year and might have been title contenders had it not been for the five games abandoned to rain.
Stratford took advantage of the club’s depth, using a total of 33 players.
Conor Green was the standout performer in his first season for the club. He scored 580 runs at average of 97, including three centuries.
Meanwhile, 14-year-old Sammy Leaver impressed everyone with his leg spin, eventually progressing to play two league games for the club’s first XI.
Regan’s side are looking forward to life in Division Three next year and are already targeting back-to-back promotions.