NCCA Championship: Staffs’ hopes in the balance after Norfolk clash is abandoned

Staffordshire's game against Norfolk was abandoned.

Staffordshire’s NCCA Championship game against Norfolk at Leek has been abandoned without a ball being bowled.

There were hopes that conditions would improve sufficiently to play a one innings per side match on the third and final day at Highfield after the previous two had been washed out.

However, further overnight rain put paid to those aspirations and left the two sides shaking hands and heading home at just before 10.30am.

That means seven of the last nine days of scheduled Championship cricket at Leek have now been called off without seeing any action.

Leek stepped in to host the match at late notice after Longton, who were supposed to stage the game, and the county club couldn’t agree a financial package.

And there will be plenty of frustration in the Staffordshire camp at seeing the elements leave their Division One East title aspirations hanging in the balance.

They went into the fixture three points clear at the top of the table, but the abandonment means that themselves and Norfolk take eight points apiece.

Lincolnshire managed to thump Bedfordshire inside two days, pocketing 24 points in the process, which sees them leapfrog Staffs to take over at the top.

That means Staffordshire need to win their final match of the league season – against Suffolk at Checkley, starting on Sunday. August 14 – to stand any chance of securing the divisional title.

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Pictured: Staffordshire saw their game against Norfolk abandoned without a ball being bowled.