Weather woes see Staffordshire exit NCCA Twenty20 Cup

Staffordshire County Cricket Club have been knocked out of the NCCA Twenty20 Cup.

Staffordshire’s defence of their National Counties Cricket Association Twenty20 Cup title has come to an end.

Staffs were eliminated from the competition at the group stage today after their double header against Cumbria at Carlisle was abandoned.

That left them banking on other results to see whether they might progress to the Super 12 stage.

However, fortune didn’t favour Staffordshire and they finished third in Group One.

The top two in the five groups advanced, along with the best two performing third-placed sides.

But Herefordshire and Cambridgeshire – in third place in their respective groups – both had better records than Staffordshire, so move through.

The abandonment at Carlisle today added to the frustration for Staffordshire players.

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Four of their six matches fell victim to the weather, starting with the games against Cheshire at Checkley.

The only action they managed to get in was yesterday when they won one and lost one against Northumberland at Burslem.

Staffordshire won the T20 Cup for the first time in 2023 by beating Berkshire and Cornwall on finals day.

However, their focus will now be on the Knockout Trophy campaign which starts this Sunday.

Staffs’ first assignment is a trip to Mildenhall to play Suffolk.

Main image: Staffordshire have exited this year’s NCCA Twenty20 Cup. Picture: Pete Stonier