Staffordshire v SuffolkStaffordshire got their Unicorns Minor Counties Championship campaign off to a winning start with a convincing 185 run victory over Suffolk after three sun drenched days at West Bromwich Dartmouth. Having set the visitors an improbable task of chasing a victory target of 376 from a minimum of 91 overs, Staffs bowlers steadily worked their way through the Suffolk batting line up to dismiss them for 190 shortly before tea on the final day.
Only Adam Mansfield with 49 showed any real resistance as pace men Brinder Phagura (3/22), Tim Maxfield (2/39) and Michael Hill (2/46) did the early damage before left arm spinner Paul Byrne wrapped up the win by taking the last three wickets to fall at a cost of 34 runs.
Staffordshire had been in command throughout the three day match after winning the toss and posting a significant first innings total of 374 for 8 from their permitted 90 overs. Skipper Kadeer Ali and partner Sam Kelsall provided a solid platform with an opening partnership of 142. Ali departed for 63, Kelsall a fine 85 and with useful contributions from Peter Wilshaw 34, Tim Maxfield 36 Brinder Phagura 22 and Dan Richardson 25 all providing support for a late onslaught from Michael Hill, who struck 4 boundaries and 4 sixes in his unbeaten 74 to help Staffs post their challenging first innings score of 374/8.
Replying Suffolk were always struggling to match the Staffs total and, despite an 81 run partnership for the 8th wicket they were dismissed for 247 to give Staffs a strong 127 run first innings advantage. Suffolk captain Ben Shepperson reached his half century and Jake Foley with 48 were the major contributors to the Suffolk response. For Staffs, Brinder Phagura and Tim Maxfield each picked up a four wicket haul with Maxfield’s 4 for 29 being his best ever figures for the County. Dan Richardson and Paul Byrne were the other Staffs wicket takers.
Batting a second time round Staffs found the wearing wicket more difficult to score on, but handy contributions from Kadeer Ali 38, Pete Wilshaw 22, Michael Hill 22 and Brinder Phagura 29 all helped to increase Staffs advantage while an excellent knock of 85 from Tim Maxfield, including 7 boundaries and four maximums, ensured Staffs were able to score 248 in their second innings to set Suffolk a target which was way beyond their capabilities. For the visitors a flurry of late wickets enabled spinner Josh Cantrell to finish with figures of 4/56.
Captain Kadeer Ali was delighted with the performance commenting, “For us it’s the ideal start and fantastic to pick up another win at West Brom.”
The win ensured Staffs picked up the maximum 24 point haul to set them up well for their trip to play Cumberland at Netherfield starting on Sunday 8th July.
Staffs 374/8ic & 248ao
Suffolk 247ao & 190ao
Staffs win by 185 runs
Posted on Wednesday 27th June 2018, in Latest News