Staffs v Cheshire Preview 210517

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With both counties having won their opening three matches in the Knock-Out Trophy to already qualify for the quarter finals, this Sunday’s clash at Knypersley between Staffordshire and Cheshire has become a “winner takes all” fixture to decide which team clinches a home tie in the next stage of the competition with the losers facing an away match in their bid to progress further in the tournament.

Cheshire’s convincing win over last year’s competition winners Herefordshire last Sunday, to mirror Staffs similar success two weeks ago, means that the two rivals sit as joint leaders of Group 2 on 6 points going into this Sunday’s 50 over a side meeting at Knypersley Cricket Club, which will commence at 11am.

Cheshire, who were comprehensively beaten by Staffs at Nantwich in the Group stages last year, will be seeking revenge under skipper Lee Dixon as they seek to top the table. Included in their line-up will be former Leicestershire bowler Ollie Freckingham along with Leek all-rounder Wayne White who has first class experience with Derbyshire & Leicestershire and Lancashire’s Rob Jones.

For the game Staffs have announced a 13 man squad led by captain Kader Ali who knows his team face strong opposition but declares, “We want to make sure we win all four group games like we did last year. We have a good enough side to do that.”

Longton opener Tom Steele retains his place in the Staffs squad after receiving a late call to replace the unavailable Aneesh Kapil for the match against Herefordshire while former Worcestershire and Surry all-rounder Kapil is also included after featuring in the opening two wins over Shropshire and Wales.

Staffs squad: Kadeer Ali (West Bromwich Dartmouth), Aneesh Kapil (Wolverhampton), Peter Wilshaw (Meakins), Tom Steele (Longton). Tim Maxfield (Whitmore), Alex Thomson (Leek), Michael Hill (Whitmore), Brinder Phagura (West Bromwich Dartmouth), Tom Ball (Leek), Sunny Singh (Warwickshire & Smethwick), Karl High (Meakins), Greg Willott (Bagnall/Norton), Dan Richardson (Leek).

Admission to the match is free with plentiful on-site free parking and there will be bar and catering facilities available for all spectators throughout the day.

Group 2 Table

                                    P          W         D          L          Pts

CHESHIRE                    3          3          0          0          6                                             

STAFFORDSHIRE          3          3          0          0          6         

Herefordshire             3          1          0          2          2

Shropshire                   3          1          0          2          2

Wales                          4          0          0          4          0

Fixtures Sunday May 21st 11am start.

Staffordshire v Cheshire @ Knypersley Cricket Club

Herefordshire v Shropshire @ Brockhampton

Cheshire and Staffordshire will meet again in a challenge T20 match to be played at Nantwich on Bank Holiday Monday May 29th commencing at 2-30pm. This game will be preceded by a Twenty/20 match between the Cheshire and Staffs Development XI’s commencing at 10am.

By Allan Smith

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