NCCA Championship: Dave Cartledge eyeing up some late title drama for Staffs

Staffordshire's director of cricket Dave Cartledge.

Dave Cartledge has urged his Staffordshire side to pile on the title pressure when they wind up their NCCA Division One East campaign this weekend.

Staffs entertain Suffolk at Checkley, starting on Sunday (11am), needing a win – preferably with the maximum 24 points – to keep alive their hopes of topping the standings.

This is Staffordshire’s final three-dayer as they sit out the final round of matches, which will see Norfolk play Lincolnshire – two sides who are firmly in the frame for title glory.

At the moment, Lincs, who don’t play this weekend, are leading the way with 55 points, followed by Staffs, who have 42. Both counties have played three games.

Norfolk are in third, on 32 points, but have a game in hand.

“We’ve got to play well and play to our potential,” said director of cricket Cartledge. “We’ve had a few cases this year where we’ve done that.

“We played well at Bedfordshire, won a high percentage of the sessions and went on to win the game.

“I don’t think Lincolnshire won a session against us up there at Cleethorpes (the match was drawn) and we did really well again. We were then denied by the weather at Leek (the game against Norfolk was abandoned without a ball being bowled) which is frustrating.

“It’s out of our hands now and that’s the problem when you only play four matches.

“We’re more points behind than we would ideally like to be, so we’re focusing on winning this game and then keeping our fingers crossed.”

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Pictured: Dave Cartledge is looking for Staffordshire to keep themselves in the NCCA Championship Division One East title hunt.