Immense Ikram is Morecambe’s star man

MORECAMBE brushed Kendal aside with relative ease at Woodhill Lane on Saturday collecting 12 points in the process. A classy knock of 75 from Ikram Ullah stole the show and brought the points Morecambe’s way.

After winning the toss, Morecambe captain Lewis Edge asked Kendal to have a bat on a wicket which looked a slow one and one where Morecambe could look to contain their opponents to a manageable total.

This said, Kendal got off to a decent start through Gary Baker and Jamie Heywood, however Baker (22) was first to go caught behind by Edge of the bowling of Jono Gates (1-19).

This brought Kendal professional and Kiwi test batsman Jamie How (46) to the wicket and he took the score forward before he was caught by Ullah off the bowling of Umar Amin (3-46).

From here on the Kendal middle order struggled and with the controlled off-spin of Tommy Clough (3-35) taking hold Kendal were struggling at 98-7.

The Kendal skipper Chris Miller (24) had other ideas however, and alongside Jack White (22) they batted aggressively and ran well between the wickets taking the score to a respectable 151.

In reply Morecambe began well through Ikram Ullah and Josh Dixon and the pair rotated the strike repelling anything Kendal threw down at them.

Kendal soon reverted to spin from both ends through professional Jamie How and captain Chris Miller. By this time Morecambe had reached 71 without loss before Miller had Dixon (22) caught at mid-off looking to go over the top.

Ullah soon went past his 50 and alongside professional Umar Amin the score was 86-1.

Amin (10) looked in good touch after his record breaking knock last week. However, he was to chip the ball straight back to Miller. Cue a little wobble for Morecambe as they slipped to 122-5, losing Phil Dennison and Gareth Pedder before Ikram Ullah was caught behind.

However, a quick fire 35 off 18 balls by captain Lewis Edge saw Morecambe home, Edge hitting four sixes off one Miller over to complete victory – a fantastic display of aggressive batting by the Morecambe captain.

A great 12 point win and a good solid chase from the side in which everyone is playing their part. Ryan Pearson, however, injured his shoulder whilst fielding and may well miss the next three weeks.

Morecambe 154-5

Kendal 151-7

Furness Northern Premier League Division One