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Thomas Huggins put Staffordshire to the sword with a commanding 170 which set up Suffolk's 10-wicket win in two days

Former Northamptonshire batsman Thomas Huggins starred with an emphatic 170 as Suffolk crushed Staffordshire by 10 wickets in two days at Ipswich School.

Opener Huggins' first-innings knock, which occupied 238 balls and included 20 fours and a six, was the 27-year-old’s highest score in the Minor Counties Championship.

It underpinned Suffolk’s 432 for six declared in 90 overs in reply to Staffordshire’s 273 for nine, which featured five wickets for off-spinner Christopher Swallow.

Captain Paul Goodwin was Staffordshire’s only player to register a fifty, while Ben France, Martyn Cull and Freddie Klokker reached that landmark for the hosts - along with Huggins.

The visitors folded to 159 all out in 52.2 overs in their second innings as Swallow added three more scalps and fellow off-spinner James Finch claimed four wickets.

That left the scores level and Staffordshire embarrassingly conceded defeat from the only delivery of the fourth innings, a David Edwards no-ball, late on the second day.

Goodwin said: “We were never at the races. It is hard to describe being outplayed by a much better team. At no stage did we look like putting them under pressure.

"Our 273 in the first innings was about 50 short and even then we had to scrap to get that. Otherwise we could have been even more embarrassed than we were."