Gritty Morecambe have cutting Edge

Morecambe opener Josh Dixon. Picture: TONY NORTH.
Morecambe opener Josh Dixon. Picture: TONY NORTH.
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MORECAMBE took on third placed Chorley at Windsor Park and got back to winning ways with an excellent all round team display.

With Dennison, Smith, Thistlethwaite and Gates missing from the squad the team showed real grit and enthusiasm to take maximum points out of the game.

Morecambe batted first and made 174 for 6 from 50 overs. A patient opening stand of 51 between captain Mark Woodhead and Josh Dixon saw off testing spells of left arm seam bowling from Billy Smith and Kieran McCullagh. Both batsmen knuckled down knowing wickets in hand would be crucial on a drying, slow wicket.

Chris Williams also applied himself well in difficult conditions as Ikram Ullah top scored for Morecambe with 34.

The batting side were indebted to an aggressive innings of 33 from 26 balls (five fours and one six) from wicket keeper Lewis Edge to boost their score in the late overs, complimented with a couple of lusty blows from young Ryan Pearson.

Professional Gaurav Dhar, bowled controlled leg spin to take 4 for 42, including the wickets of Edge and the Cumberland pair of Ullah and Chris Williams, but Morecambe knew they had a competitive total on a testing wicket.

Chorley immediately found life difficult after the tea interval in the face of some disciplined bowling from Chris Williams and Morecambe’s professional Anwar Ali, though it was the early introduction of Clough that got the breakthrough.

Caterall was well caught over his shoulder by Ullah as the opener tried to force the pace by getting after Clough.

Ullah was then involved in the second wicket too, running out Naden with a direct hit after being called through for a risky single as Morecambe’s stranglehold tightened.

No Chorley batsman ever looked comfortable as the pace of the wicket made run scoring difficult, though fairly easy to survive.

Woodhead changed his bowlers in search of further breakthroughs and Morecambe had eked out six before a stubborn partnership from Critchley and Dhar frustrated the fielding side for 10 overs.

See The Visitor (27-07-11) for full story.