Morecambe captain out to lay down marker in Lancaster derby

Morecambe captain Josh Dixon. Picture: Tony North
Morecambe captain Josh Dixon. Picture: Tony North
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Morecambe Cricket Club’s captain wants his side to lay down a marker in their first derby of the season with Lancaster.

Josh Dixon’s side host their local rivals at Woodhill Lane in the Northern Premier League on bank holiday Monday with two Twenty 20 clashes to follow on the next two Fridays.

Both teams go into the games in good form with Ben Simm’s side sitting third in Division One, a place above Morecambe but on the same number of points.

Dixon, whose side first face Kendal on Saturday, said: “Both sides have started well which is good for local cricket.

“We’ve got to get Saturday out of the way but the big game is on Monday.

“They’ve got a good side with a good bowling attack.

“We’ve got to try and make home advantage count though in what should be a good game of cricket in front of hopefully a big crowd.

“We want to lay down a marker with two games to come after that.

“The league is out bread and butter and it would be great to get one over on them.”

Morecambe head into the weekend having bounced back from a first defeat of the season to Chorley with a win over Barrow.

Dixon said: “The Chorley loss was character building and the bouncebackability was massive.

“After a mad half an hour at Chorley which killed us, to bounce back like we did was really pleasing.”

The Barrow win was down in some part to professional Suraj Randiv who impressed with bat and ball, scoring 86 before taking 3-19 as the Woodhill Lane side ran out 47-run winners.

The skipper said: “The pro made his mark on Saturday.

“His batting is quality and with his bowling he’s learning to play on our pitches.

“He batted time and then with the ball turned the screw and applied pressure.”

Before the derby on Monday Dixon’s side make the short trip north to Kendal on Saturday.

The opening batsman said: “They’ve not gone well so far.

“But there are no easy games in the division and they’ve got match winners.

“We’re looking to go there and get another win and play some positive cricket.”

Lancaster also host Blackpool at Lune Road on Saturday before the bank holiday Monday derby.