Staffordshire find out NCCA T20 Cup Super 12s schedule

Staffordshire County Cricket Club players.

The schedule has been announced for Sunday’s NCCA Twenty20 Cup Super 12s stage.

Staffordshire will make the trip to Norfolk’s Manor Park, along with Hertfordshire, for the latest stage of the competition.

Norfolk will play Hertfordshire in the day’s opening match at 10am.

Staffordshire will then face the losers of that game at 1pm and the winners of match one at 4.30pm.

The winners on the day will progress to finals day later in the month.

Staffordshire were handed a Twenty20 Cup lifeline after being reinstated into the competition.

‘Unexpected boost’

Staffs, who are the defending champions, were seemingly knocked out of the initial group stage.

However, it subsequently emerged that Northumberland – who Staffordshire played in Group One – fell foul of NCCA rules in their fixture against Cheshire.

Northumberland fielded former pros Jacques Du Toit and Stuart Poynter in the matches at Oxton. Both have played more than 40 games across first-class and List A fixtures.

Counties are only permitted to field one player whose combined tally of first-class and List A appearances exceeds the 40-mark.

Northumberland had finished in second place in the group to advance to the Super 12s stage. Staffs missed out as one of the best third-placed finishers.

‘Staffordshire produced the perfect Trophy performance’

The competition has been tweaked this summer with the top two from each of the five groups qualifying.

The best two third-placed sides also progressed which, after Monday’s results, were Cambridgeshire and Herefordshire.

But Northumberland’s removal from the T20 Cup sees Staffordshire back in contention to defend the crown they won last year.

The other Super 12s groups see Cumbria, Lincolnshire and Herefordshire meet at Furness; Berkshire, Shropshire and Cornwall play at Slough; and Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Dorset play each other at Great & Little Tew.

Main image: Staffordshire play Norfolk and Hertfordshire in the Super 12s stage of the NCCA Twenty20 Cup. Picture: Pete Stonier

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