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Steve Stubbings

Steve Stubbings, the former Derbyshire batsman, contributed 52 as Shropshire raced to their target of 191 against Staffs

Staffordshire crashed out of the MCCA Trophy after a five-wicket defeat to Shropshire at Audley.

Staffs were left to wait on Cheshire's run-chase at Cumberland to see if they could progress by virtue of run-rate, but the news that their local rivals had triumphed by two wickets with two balls to spare shattered any lingering hopes.

Shropshire's success earned them a home tie in the quarter-final.

Set 191 to win after Dan Bowen took 6-25, Shropshire cruised home by five wickets with 8.1 overs to spare with former Derbyshire batsman Steve Stubbings hitting 52 and captain Ed Foster 83 not out.

Staffs captain Paul Goodwin said: “It is very disappointing. We have played very poor cricket over the last two weeks and on balance we don't deserve to go through.

"We started off with a squad we thought was good enough to get us through, but for whatever reason we can't get the players on the park.

"We need to look forward to the three-day games positively and get some consistency in terms of play on the pitch and in selection."