NCCA Championship day one report: Bedfordshire break records as Staffs are left on back foot

Staffordshire County Cricket Club captain Peter Wilshaw

Staffordshire were on the receiving end of some record-breaking Bedfordshire batting on day one of their National Counties Cricket Association Championship clash.

Staffs kicked off their Division One East season with a trip to Dunstable – and matters started promisingly for Peter Wilshaw and his side… although it ended up being a day of disappointment and left them facing an uphill battle to revive their fortunes.

Just after lunch they had reduced Beds to 82-5, but there were no further successes as George Thurstance and Matt Taylor compiled unbeaten centuries to spearhead the hosts’ recovery.

Bedfordshire, promoted from Division Two East at the end of last season, closed their allotted 90 overs on a far healthier 296-5 – and carried that momentum into their bowling effort in the closing stages of the first day.

By stumps, Staffs had been reduced to 62-4 from 17 overs as Tom Moulton, Alex Mellor, Michael Hill and Wilshaw were all dismissed by the new ball.

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Pictured: Staffordshire captain Peter Wilshaw saw his side endure a tough first day against Bedfordshire