Morecambe came crashing back down to earth with a bang at the hands of Fleetwood despite a spirited bowling performance from Reg Cupit.
The seamer took four for 48 across two spells but it wasn’t enough to save Morecambe from a crushing 64-run defeat which saw last year’s champions climb above their hosts into fifth.
Skipper Lewis Edge said: “It’s the first time we’ve looked like being bowled out this season batting second, we’ve chased scores down so well thus far and hopefully this is just a blip.
“It’s a shame as a win today would have been huge with sides around us dropping points, however it’s still very tight up there and we’re well in the mix. “I must give huge credit to Reg today, he’s taken his chance with the new ball and bowled superbly, it’s a shame we all didn’t perform as well as him as we would be sat here with 12 points I’m sure of that.”
Winning the toss at Woodhill Lane Edge had no hesitation in inserting Fleetwood on a wicket still containing some moisture from the previous night’s deluge of rain.
And it looked to be the correct decision as Cupit began superbly finding significant seam movement to reduce Fleetwood to 10-3.
With their professional Ian Holland back in the tent, Fleetwood were reeling but a superb partnership between Dean Bell (37) and Naveed Yousaf (61) ensured Morecambe were made to toil in the field, the latter playing an array of shots to all corners before he was run out by a James Law direct hit attempting a second run.
Chris Stanhope (23) and Lee Jones (15) rubbed salt into Morecambe’s wounds with a few lusty blows of their own, which took Fleetwood to a superb total of 176-8.
Morecambe’s reply stuttered at first however Mark Woodhead and Vishal Tripathi looked to be the perfect foil for each other as Tripathi’s powerful striking and Woodhead’s perfect placement enabled the Woodhill Lane outfit to reach 56-1, before Woodhead was run out attempting a quick single.
This almost signalled Morecambe’s demise as Suman Shrestha, Morecambe’s Mr Dependable, was caught behind off a beauty from Holland for just a single and only Ryan Pearson (10) and Yakub Bhamji (15) reached double figures in the middle order as Morecambe were bowled out for a well below par 112.
Morecambe are back in action again this Wednesday when they travel to Preston in the TWP T20 competition before visiting Shap Road next Saturday to play Kendal.
The following Tuesday see’s Morecambe’s final TWP T20 group game at home against Lancaster.