‘Byrney provided the best moment in my career. It was the ball of the decade’

Paul Byrne picks up the last wicket to win Staffordshire the 2014 Championship title.

In the days building up to the 2014 Minor Counties Championship final, Staffordshire captain Paul Goodwin announced that the showpiece would be his last county game. Goodwin would step out for the 76th time representing Staffordshire in the long format at Salisbury against Wiltshire – with the national title on the line. The wicketkeeper-batsman had already guided […]

NCCA Championship day two report: Byrne has six appeal, but Staffs suffer late losses

Paul Byrne celebrates a wicket on the second day against Suffolk.

Staffordshire’s three-day encounter against Suffolk is set for a thrilling finish after events elsewhere piqued the interest of both sides for different reasons. Staffs will head into the final throes of the National Counties Cricket Association Division One East clash at Checkley resuming on 132-6 – leading by 222. However, Bedfordshire’s surprise two-day victory at […]

Staffordshire spinner Paul Byrne reveals his retirement plan

Paul Byrne has announced his retirement from Staffordshire duty.

Staffordshire spinner Paul Byrne is hoping for one final flourish after announcing his retirement from county duty. The slow left-armer has revealed he will call time on his Staffordshire career at the end of the season – although it’s still not known when that will be. Staffs wind up their NCCA Division One East programme against Suffolk […]

Battling Staffordshire are beaten by Leicestershire in NCCA ‘Showcase’ game

Jack Redman picks up runs for Staffordshire in the NCCA Showcase game against Leicestershire.

Staffordshire put in a spirited display, but Leicestershire proved to be too strong in their ‘Showcase’ game at Knypersley. It was a case of third time lucky playing the match after the past two years saw the fixture called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. So it was perhaps cruelly fitting that the weather added […]

NCCA Championship day two report: Staffordshire pushing for victory after stunning recovery

Staffordshire County Cricket Club seamer Dan Gibbs

Staffordshire are in a strong position to push for victory in their opening NCCA Championship game of the season at Bedfordshire following a remarkable second day. Staffs had started proceedings struggling on 62-4 as they replied to Bedfordshire’s 296-5 on the first day of action in Division One East. They slid further into trouble on 78-6 before Tim Maxfield, […]

NCCA Knockout Trophy: Staffordshire show plenty of fight, but suffer Bucks loss

Staffordshire left-arm spinner Paul Byrne

Staffordshire’s Knockout Trophy campaign concluded in losing fashion as they were beaten by three wickets by Buckinghamshire. Staffs ventured south to Gerrards Cross to wrap up NCCA Group Four matters with a very slim chance of clinching one of the two qualification spots to move through to the quarter-finals. More important, though, was restoring some […]

Match Report – Staffordshire v Cumberland

Staffs remain top of the Eastern Division, after hanging on for a draw in their game against Cumberland at Checkley. However they are beginning to come under pressure from Norfolk, who defeated Lincolnshire inside two days, to move to within 11 points of Staffs and they have a game in hand against bottom of the […]