NCCA Championship day two report: Morris’ half-century helps Staffordshire’s cause on the coast

Matthew Morris

Staffordshire put themselves in a strong position on day two of their NCCA Championship encounter against Lincolnshire.

Peter Wilshaw’s men will start the third and final chapter at Cleethorpes on 120-3 – leading by 164 runs – following another absorbing day on the east coast.

Staffs had stuck to their task for the majority of the second day as they managed to bowl out Lincs for 282, in which Jordan Cook made an unbeaten 71, to carve out what could be a precious 44-run advantage.

And they then batted sensibly on their second foray to the crease to ensure that they have a solid platform to push for victory.

Matthew Morris led the way with 53, while Michael Hill (26no) and Wilshaw (3no) will return to the crease.

There is still work to be done with the bat to make sure that they hold all the aces and don’t give Lincolnshire a sniff of bowling them out.

So there won’t be any thoughts about what target to set the home side just yet, rather continuing the fine work which has served them so well on the opening two days.

After the batsmen had taken the limelight on day one, it was the bowlers’ turn to play their part on another glorious day by the seaside.

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Pictured: Matthew Morris scored a half-century on day two of the NCCA Championship game against Lincolnshire.