Back-to-back wins for Morecambe

Professional Umar Amin drives for Morecambe.
Professional Umar Amin drives for Morecambe.

MORECAMBE captain Lewis Edge said his side had to “kick on” after two wins in a weekend in league and cup.

The Woodhill Lane side had a comfortable win over Carnforth in the Northern Premier League on Saturday before putting in an impressive all-round performance in the Readers Cup the following day to defeat Blackpool.

Wicket-keeper batsman Edge said: “The boys have really stepped it up this weekend. After losing so much cricket to the weather its been good to get these games in and most importantly win them both.

“We have looked sharp in the field and our approach to these games has been much better. This weekend was a big one in our season we’ve got to kick on from here.”

On Saturday, electing to bat first, professional Umar Amin (four for 28) along with former Carnforth man Gareth Pedder (three for 25) bowled an excellent line and length as the visitors were dismissed for a well below par 78.

Carnforth professional Toby Bulcock batted nearly right through the innings for his 26.

In reply, Morecambe lost Mark Woodhead early, but Ikram Ullah and Amin saw off the new ball and took the score to 46.

Ullah and Tom Barnfield departed in quick succession, which brought Edge to the crease and he wasted no time in finishing off the game depositing two massive sixes in a quick-fire innings which gave Morecambe victory with 40 overs to spare.

At Stanley Park against Blackpool, asked to field Edge’s side bowled superbly first up, with James Law taking three for 35.

Morecambe reduced Blackpool to 27-3 off 14 overs and with a couple more quick wickets the game would have swung firmly Morecambe’s way.

However the home side dug in with Twist scoring 60 before he fell to the catch of the day, Tom Barnfield covering fully 30 yards to claim a super take out in the deep.

Blackpool were eventually dismissed for 153 with Amin also picking up three wickets.

The Morecambe reply began well with Ullah and Woodhead finding runs easy to come by on what looked a good pitch.

Woodhead was the first man to go caught a mid-on off the bowling of Smith for 16. Ullah looked in good touch alongside his fellow countryman Amin but was to fall for a well-crafted 24. Barnfield again made a start, scoring freely with some glorious strokes in a well-made 19 but was disappointed not to go on.

This wasn’t to matter however as Edge, despite surviving a big leg before wicket shout first ball, played a typical innings finding the boundary with ease in a well-made 42 which included four fours and two sixes.

Edge was caught and bowled by Mereau with only four required but the result was never in doubt and Pedder used his outside edge to good effect to split the wicketkeeper and first slip and find the boundary.