Staffordshire name squad for NCCA Twenty20 Cup Super 12 matches

Staffordshire County Cricket Club's Liam Hurt

Staffordshire will take a 13-man squad to East Anglia for the latest chapter in the NCCA Twenty20 Cup.

Staffs head to Norwich’s Manor Park to play both Norfolk and Hertfordshire in the Super 12s stage of the competition.

Norfolk and Hertfordshire kick off proceedings at 10am before Staffs play the loser of that match at 1pm.

Staffs then take on the winners of match one at 4.30pm.

The winners of the day will progress to finals day at Chester Boughton Hall on Sunday, May 26.

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

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

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

‘Staffordshire produced the perfect Trophy performance’

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.

‘New format’

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.

Staffs defeated Berkshire and Cornwall on finals day to lift the silverware for the first time in their history.

Staffordshire will select their final XIs for the games against Norfolk and Hertfordshire at the toss.

Staffordshire (from): James Kettleborough (cpt, Checkley), Sam Atkinson (Moddershall & Oulton), Tom Brett (Finedon Dolben), Reeve Evitts (Kenilworth Wardens), Callum Hawkins (Moddershall & Oulton), Rory Haydon (Leek), Michael Hill (Meakins), Liam Hurt (Flixton), Hishaam Khan (Rolleston), Zen Malik (Leek), Matt Morris (Westhoughton), Nils Priestley (Checkley), Anis Raza (Ashcombe Park).

Main image: Liam Hurt will lead Staffordshire’s attack in their NCCA Twenty20 Cup Super 12 matches against Norfolk and Hertfordshire. Picture: Pete Stonier