AFTER the previous day’s rain, the Morecambe and Lancaster players were greeted with glorious sunshine at Woodhill Lane for the traditional bank holiday derby fixture.
Morecambe were missing both Ikram Ullah and Gareth Pedder both away on holiday, where as Lancaster were near full strength with Ian Perriman and Ben Simm looking to get amongst the wickets after a strong performance in the T20 on Friday evening at Lune Road.
Morecambe skipper Lewis Edge won the toss and on what looked a decent track elected to bat first in search of 15 points.
Openers Mark Woodhead and Josh Dixon battled hard for the first 10 overs scratching around with opening bowlers Ben Simm and Ian Perriman bowling in excellent areas early on.
Simm made the first breakthrough however bowling Dixon with a beautiful delivery which turned sharply from outside off stump.
The same pair didn’t let Morecambe professional Umar Amin settle and he despite a couple of glorious strokes back over the bowlers’ heads was bowled playing across the line to Simm.
Lewis Edge (30) joined Woodhead (32) and the pair batted superbly combining good solid defence with excellent attack.
Both Woodhead and Edge cleared the infield to find the boundary on several occasions. However Woodhead was bowled by Simm and Edge was caught behind off the bowling of Perriman.
Tom Barnfield carried on their good work crafting 20 however the middle and lower order could not support him as Lancaster professional Timycen Maruma (4-14) combined excellent leg spin with his well disguised googly to rip through the Morecambe batting line-up.
In reply Lancaster lost Danny Welbourne and Alex Metcalf early however despite this wobble Maruma took responsibility and batted with great control with super support from young Joe Atkinson (27) and finally wicketkeeper Lee Sparks (16 not out) to seal the win against their local rivals.
Maruma batted patiently against some testing bowling from the Morecambe bowlers particularly Tommy Clough (3-51) taking care to put any loose offerings to the boundary making a well-crafted 50 and a match-winning innings for his side.
The Zimbabwean looks the business and with a 50 last Friday night against Morecambe in the T20 he is beginning to become a tough nut to crack for Lewis Edge’s side.