WILTSHIRE maintained the county’s perfect start to their NCCA Trophy Group Four campaign courtesy of a seven-wicket success away at Staffordshire on Sunday.

After edging past Buckinghamshire by three wickets the week before, Wiltshire once again successfully chased a score down.

But due to a high-quality performance from their bowlers, the low total made life much easier for Wiltshire’s top order.

Staffordshire won the toss on home soil and elected to bat first, but the decision appeared a poor one at 24-3.

The combination of Josh Croom and Ben Draper put paid to Staffordshire’s top three, bowler Croom’s pace proving too hot to handle and wicketkeeper Draper pouching everything that came his way.

The midlands county began a slight revival through 63 from Michael Hill and 71 from Matthew Morris, but after Harry Broderick trapped Hill in front, the hosts quickly unravelled.

Nobody managed to stay with Morris as Arthur Godsal and Chris Aubrey took a wicket apiece prior to Broderick claiming his second and Croom completing his five-wicket haul.

Draper took a total of five catches behind the stumps, while there was a catch for Tom Cullen and a run out by Dylan Church to leave Staffordshire 214 all out.

Wiltshire made it to 30 before losing their first wicket, Jake Goodwin nicking behind on 25 after hitting six boundaries along the ground.

Jack Mynott joined Tom Cullen at the crease, and they put on 52 for the second wicket before Lynott’s stay was ended by an lbw decision from the bowling of Staffordshire’s left-handed spinner.

In-form skipper, Ed Young was bowled after making just 17, but with a slight wobble threatening to form, Ben Draper partnered Cullen in steadying the ship until the end.

Cullen eventually reached 67 not out while Draper added seven more runs after reaching his half-century to help Wiltshire gallop over the line with six overs to spare.

Wiltshire will try to put one foot in the knock-out stages with a victory against Wales National County Cricket Club in Warminster on Sunday.