Spin twins Raza and Turner bowl Development XI to victory

Anis Raza helped Staffordshire to victory over Suffolk.

Anis Raza and Matthew Turner left Cheshire in a spin as Staffordshire Development XI won a rain-affected North of England Cup encounter.

The match was scheduled to be a two-day red-ball affair, but the bad weather meant that no play was possible at Burslem on Tuesday.

That left the sides agreeing to bat for 60 overs apiece on Wednesday. And it was Staffs who prevailed by 113 runs.

Cheshire 2nd XI had been set 228 for victory and were making excellent progress on 89-2 thanks to Ali Chughtai (38), Jac Kennedy (28) and Sebasitan Botes (17).

However, the introduction of spin twins Raza and Turner reaped rewards for Staffordshire.

They instigated a dramatic collapse as Cheshire folded to 114 all out.

Raza finished with figures of 5-9, while Turner picked up 4-28.

Earlier, Staffordshire’s tally of 227 all out had been centred around Matthew Morris’ 51. His innings comprised 99 balls and featured seven fours.

First-team captain James Kettleborough made 28 before retiring. Gurjot Singh (26) and Peter Wilshaw (22) also impressed.

There were also some handy lower-order contributions to bolster Staffs’ total in the closing stages.

Jimmy O’Sullivan and Kennedy picked up 4-34 and 3-34 respectively for Cheshire.

But once Raza and Turner found their rhythm, Staffordshire powered their way to a third victory in four outings.

Picture: Anis Raza took five wickets in Staffordshire Development XI’s victory.