Stratford Cricket Club go top of Warwickshire Premier Division with stunning 101-run victory over Bablake
Warwickshire League, Premier Division
Bablake 25 all out
Stratford won by 101 runs
STRATFORD moved to the summit of the Warwickshire League Premier Division table after a devastating bowling display fired them to a resounding 101-run success over Bablake at Swans Nest Lane on Saturday.
Bablake chose to field after winning the toss and had the Panthers deep in trouble at 3-3, with Rory Curran (3-26) and Ari Doak-Smith (1-21) taking the early wickets.
Just 20 more runs were added when the fourth wicket of Josh Hickman fell, with Curran claiming his third and final wicket of the innings.
Luke Nardone then set about the recovery, scoring 35 on a difficult wicket before he was clean bowled by Tom Yardley (1-6) to leave Stratford at 57-5.
Josh Bains (2-18) entered the attack, sending both Josh Colwell and Nathan Myers back to the pavilion in quick succession.
With the score at 68-7, Dan Hackett (38) and James Urquhart (16 not out) put on a match-defining stand to push Stratford over the 100 runs mark.
Hackett was then removed by Thomas Crowley, putting the score at 113-8. The Panthers eventually closed their innings on a respectable 126-8 from 36 overs.
In reply, Bablake never had the chance to score runs as a devastating bowling display from Mike Brown and Tom Grundy made light work of their attack, with the visitors skittled out for just 25 inside 18 overs.
Brown returned with 5-8 from his seven overs, while Grundy picked up figures of 4-8 from his seven overs.
Colwell claimed the final wicket of Curran to give Stratford all 24 points and a place at the top of the table after title challengers Walmley saw their clash against Barby fall foul of the weather.