Morecambe chairman confident new season won’t be a washout

Morecambe's Lewis Edge.

Morecambe's Lewis Edge.

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Morecambe will be hoping inclement weather doesn’t have as big a say in this Northern League season as it did the l

Last year’s eighth-placed finish was in part down to problems with drainage at their Woodhill Lane home.

But club chairman and director of cricket Tommy Clough is optimistic some hard work in the off-season will reap rewards and give the club a fighting chance of improving on 2012’s display.

He said: “The work will cost about £80,000 and we’ve put in for a grant from the ECB but we hope the digging we’ve done will be a quick fix for now.

“The cricket lads have been brilliant and put in a lot of hours over winter and they aren’t the nicest of jobs to do.

“Fingers crossed it will make a difference because it was ridiculous at times. The outfield was like a lake.”

The weather hasn’t been kind so far however. Saturday’s friendly against Edgworth was heavily rain-affected with Sunday’s clash with Nelson washed out.

Clough said: “Outside of the pre-season friendlies things have been going well.

“Our new pro (Vishal Tripathi) has been taking training and it’s been very good. All the guys seem to be buying into it.”

Former Northamptonshire all-rounder Tripathi replaces Umar Amin and has impressed Clough with what he offers off the field.

He said: “Vishal’s been just what we’ve needed.

“We’ve had some really good pros over the last few years but they haven’t offered a lot apart from being really good cricketers and regardless of how many runs or wickets he gets he’s given us a set up that will stay with us once he’s gone.”