Staffordshire make two changes for Bucks Championship test

Staffordshire County Cricket Club all-rounder Dan Richardson.

Staffordshire have made two changes to their side for this weekend’s NCCA Championship game against Buckinghamshire.

Batsman Zen Malik and seamer Rory Haydon are unavailable after helping the county to win their Division One East opener at Suffolk.

Checkley batsman Tom Moulton comes into the side, along with all-rounder Dan Richardson, for the match at West Bromwich Dartmouth.

Moulton warmed up for the three-dayer, which starts on Sunday, by making 145 for the under-21s in the victory over Worcestershire Academy at Milford Hall.

Richardson was 12th man for the Suffolk fixture, but has been a regular in the Staffordshire white-ball set-up.

Paceman Liam Hurt is also included in the Staffordshire side. This week he took five wickets for Worcestershire seconds in their game against their Glamorgan counterparts.

Staffordshire banked the maximum 24 points from their Suffolk win at Bury St Edmunds. It was the first time they had won in that part of East Anglia for 19 years.

That left them top of the table after the opening round of fixtures.

Buckinghamshire are a couple of points behind after marking their elevation to Division One East by beating Norfolk.

Bucks won Division Two East last summer to join Staffs, Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire in the top division.

The visitors travel trip north with a strong-looking side and include former Worcestershire batsman Alexei Kervezee.

Spinner Conner Haddow picked up 10 wickets in the match for Bucks in their success against Norfolk.

Staffordshire (from): James Kettleborough (cpt, Checkley), Matthew Morris (Westhoughton), Tom Moulton (Checkley), Michael Hill (Meakins), Callum Hawkins (Moddershall & Oulton), Nils Priestley (Swarkestone), Liam Hurt (Flixton), Dan Richardson (Moddershall & Oulton), Sam Atkinson (Moddershall & Oulton), Anis Raza (Ashcombe Park), Tom Brett (Finedon Dolben), Scott Winnington (Bagnall Norton).

Picture: All-rounder Dan Richardson is in the Staffordshire team to play Buckinghamshire.