STAFFS v LINCS PREVIEW
Report from Allan Smith - 050719
Ater easily defeating Cambridgeshire last Sunday to reach the last four in the Unicorns Trophy competition, Staffordshire turn their attention back to three day championship cricket this weekend when they take on last year’s Eastern Division champions
Lincolnshire at West Bromwich Dartmouth, starting on Sunday 7th July.
The reigning champions stole a march on the rest of the teams in the division by beating opponents Cumberland in their opening championship game inside two days to pick up 22 points, whereas, the remainder of the games were badly affected by the weather and were all drawn. One of these was Staffordshire’s match against Suffolk at Copdock where overnight rain got under the covers preventing any play on the final day leaving Staffs with 10 points compared to Suffolk’s 11.
Staffordshire make two changes from the side that drew their first championship game with opening batsman Sam Kelsall having recovered from a broken finger to take his place in the team instead of Warwickshire teenager Dan Mousley while Nantwich paceman Mitchell Spencer is set to play his first match for the County since early last year.
Staffordshire’s impressive record of wins at West Bromwich Dartmouth will be seriously tested by a Lincolnshire side that is strongly fancied to be the top team in the Division again this season. However Kadeer Ali, leading his team on his home ground, knows if Staffs wants to compete for the title, this game will be one which will show how much their aspirations are realistic.
Play gets under way at 11am on all three days and admission is free.
Staffs squad: Kadeer Ali (Captain, West Bromwich Dartmouth), Sam Kelsall (Moddershall Oulton), Matthew Morris (Westhoughton), Peter Wilshaw (Meakins), Tim Maxfield (Brewood), Michael Hill (Meakins), Spencer Byatt (w/k, Little Stoke), Dan Richardson (Leek), Paul Byrne (Walsall), James Cox (Wollerton), Mitchell Spencer (Nantwich) Greg Willott (Bagnall Norton).