Staffordshire change things up for trip to Norfolk

Staffordshire County Cricket Club's Sam Atkinson

Staffordshire have made three changes to their side for this weekend’s NCCA Championship trip to Norfolk.

Staffs are looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance which saw them lose to Buckinghamshire in their last Division One East outing.

That stopped them from backing up their opening three-day win against Suffolk. That was their first victory in that part of East Anglia for 19 years.

So head coach Andy Carr has shuffled his pack for the game at Manor Park, which starts on  Sunday (11am).

Batsman Zen Malik and seamer Sam Atkinson and Rory Haydon all return to the side having missed the Bucks defeat.

Tom Moulton, Dan Richardson and Scott Winnington are the players to miss out.

Staffordshire find themselves in second place in the table, 18 points behind Buckinghamshire.

Norfolk have only played one three-dayer so far, which saw them defeated by Bucks at Tring Park.

Staffordshire: James Kettleborough (cpt, Checkley), Matthew Morris (Westhoughton), Zen Malik  (Leek), Michael Hill (Meakins), Callum Hawkins (Moddershall & Oulton), Nils Priestley (Swarkestone), Liam Hurt (Flixton), Sam Atkinson (Moddershall & Oulton), Rory Haydon (Kenilworth Wardens), Anis Raza (Ashcombe Park), Tom Brett (Finedon Dolben). 12th man: Callum Leese (Hem Heath).

Norfolk: Sam Arthurton (cpt, Copdock & Old Ipswichian), Ethan Metcalf (Horsford), Ben Wilcox (Downham Stow), Tom New (Alfreton), Hudson De Lucchi (Great Witchingham), Ryan Findlay (Horsford), Will Bowman (Norwich), Charlie Rogers (Great Witchingham), Callum Metcalf (Horsford), Brett Stolworthy (Great Witchingham), Andy Hanby (Great Witchingham).

Image: Sam Atkinson returns to the Staffordshire side to play Norfolk. Picture: Alfie Shenton