A LOSING draw was all Morecambe could salvage against Leyland on Saturday in an encounter where the visitors dominated affairs.
The start of the game was delayed by two and a half hours to let the ground, and specifically the bowlers’ run-ups, dry out after Friday night’s rain.
It’s a credit to Morecambe groundsman John Butler and several other volunteers that a game even took place after last week when Woodhill Lane became Woodhill Lake.
The delay meant the game was reduced to 29 overs per side and on winning the toss, Morecambe captain Lewis Edge put Leyland into bat.
Opener Luis Reece, who also represents the Unicorns in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition at county level, came out all-guns blazing and found the boundary with ease in his quick-fire 23.
Jono Gates produced a fine piece of fielding from the boundary to remove Henry Thompson and after this Morecambe pressed well through the bowling of Umar Amin and Gareth Pedder.
This good work was continued by Reg Cupit who bowled with control, however Andrew Makinson blazed a quick 30, including four sixes, three from the penultimate over, that took Leyland to 140 and away from Morecambe slightly on a wicket offering assistance to the seamers.
In the absence of Mark Woodhead and Ikram Ullah professional Umar Amin was moved to open the batting alongside Josh Dixon.
The second half began fantastically for Leyland who flew out of the blocks with Luis Reece and Dale Jones bowling with pace and sharp seam movement.
Amin played on looking to drive Reece and Dixon but was bowled by a ball which jagged back sharply, striking his off bail and in a flash Morecambe were 3-2.
Tom Barnfield and Gareth Pedder looked to settle things, Barnfield looking relatively assured finding the boundary on a couple of occasions. This however was to be short lived and soon Pedder, Barnfield and captain Edge were back in the pavilion.
Law and Cupit also followed leaving Tommy Clough alongside Gurt Marrtens and finally the warrior Jono Gates who took several blows for the team to hold out for the losing draw and three points.
Morecambe are missing key players in crucial areas at the moment and must look to address this in the coming weeks, a consistent side could be the key to success.
They visit St Annes on Saturday and must look to gain a win with several sides kicking on.