Weather wins the day to frustrate Staffordshire and Cheshire

Staffordshire's NCCA Twenty20 Cup games against Cheshire at Checkley were abandoned.

Staffordshire’s hopes of starting the defence of their NCCA Twenty20 Cup title in style were dashed by the weather today.

Staffs, who beat Cornwall in last summer’s final, were due to kick off their campaign with a double header against neighbours Cheshire at Checkley.

The poor weather meant that the first match was swiftly abandoned. But with an improved forecast there were hopes that game two could take place.

The umpires inspected at shortly after 2pm. But there were still areas of concern on the outfield and the decision was taken to abandon that clash.

Staffs and Cheshire take a point apiece for each abandonment.

However, the weather didn’t hamper Staffs and Cheshire too much.

The other double header in the group, between Northumberland and Cumbria also fell victim to the weather.

Staffs host Northumberland at Burslem on Sunday and travel to Cumbria the next day.

Main image: The weather beat Staffordshire and Cheshire at Checkley.