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Staffordshire and Suffolk had to settle for a draw after their Minor Counties Championship match at Knypersley was washed out without a ball being bowled.

Preparations were made for a one-innings-per-side contest after rain prevented any play on the opening two days, but a further shower on the final morning saw the contest abandoned at 11.15am.

“It has been a frustrating three days,” said Staffordshire captain Paul Goodwin. “In the end the weather has beaten us.

“It is all credit to the ground staff for a fantastic effort to get the pitch playable, but that little drizzle we had this morning has prevented us from getting on.”

With just six points being gained for the draw, Goodwin conceded: “Winning the title is going to be difficult now. With just two games to go it is going to be nigh on impossible to come out on top.”

Player-coach Kim Barnett added: “We have now lost four out of six days at home this season and that is a lot out of a six-match programme.

“There is not a lot we can do about it but it is disappointing as we are particularly strong at home. We will now look to finish the season on a high.”