Morecambe captain says side are work in progress ahead of new season

New Morecambe captain Josh Dixon.

New Morecambe captain Josh Dixon.

  • Morecambe start season at Netherfield on April 25
  • New captain Josh Dixon looking for top-six finish
  • Sri Lankan international and Settle seamer set to bolster ranks
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New Morecambe captain Josh Dixon says his side are a work in progress.

The Woodhill Lane outfit are looking for an improvement on a disappointing Northern League campaign last season with the new season getting underway this weekend.

As for this year I want to finish in the top six and do well in the cups

Morecambe are without a game with a friendly at Ramsbottom this Saturday the final build-up to their game against Netherfield on April 25.

Top-order batsman Dixon said: “I think this is the start of a three or four-year plan.

“We want to develop youngsters and look to win a title in that time.

“We’ve got good players like Lewis Smith and Jamie Cassidy coming through.

“As for this year I want to finish in the top six and do well in the cups.

“I think the Twenty20 is a real opportunity for us and a competition we can do well in.

“You never know though.

“Top four and a place in the Lancashire Cup would be absolutely fantastic.

Despite Dixon playing down his side’s hopes, the signing of Sri Lankan international Suraj Randiv looks impressive.

With wicket-taking seamer Eddy Read also arriving from Settle the new skipper knows there are plenty of players who can make an impact.

He said: “Eddy Read has come in from Settle.

“He’s an exciting signing and arrives on the back of two 70-plus wicket seasons.

“Mark Woodhead will be back after injury and is raring to go again and we’re looking for big things from Lewis Edge who is an experienced cricketer now.

“There’s others too like Ryan Pearson who had a good season last year and we’re looking for him to kick on.”

One thing that will certainly be an improvement this year is the outfield with a £50,000 Sport England grant set to ensure there is more cricket than ever at Woodhill lane this summer.

Dixon said: “The ground is looking really good.

“John Butler and the ground staff have put in a lot of hard work.

“We’re away the first two games and giving it as much time as we can, but it’s draining well.

“The ground is looking splendid and hopefully we can have cricket every weekend this summer.”