Morecambe seconds still looking for first win

Captain Phil Dennison in action for Morecambe 2nds against Penrith 2nds.
Captain Phil Dennison in action for Morecambe 2nds against Penrith 2nds.

Morecambe’s second team are still in search of the their first victory of the season after league new boys Penrith held out for a draw on Saturday.

Opting to bat first the hosts started well with both Adam Derham and captain Phil Dennison looking in good touch.

Morecambe's Adam Derham in full swing for the second team against Penrith.

Morecambe's Adam Derham in full swing for the second team against Penrith.

The score reached 78 before Derham was caught for 28 with Dennison soon following for 48.

With the innings back in the balance Gareth Pedder and Matthew Derham played sensibly against some tight bowling.

The middle overs produced just 32 runs off 14 overs, however whilst Pedder was at the crease there was always danger for the visitors.

He began to lift the tempo to such extent that when Durham was bowled for 12 in the 39th over Pedder had progressed to 64.

The final overs produced carnage as Pedder smashed eight fours and six sixes on his way to 98. Morecambe finished on 208-5 with the last 13 overs producing more than 100 runs.

In reply, the Penrith innings never really gained any momentum or showed any great urgency in chasing down the Morecambe total.

All the Morecambe bowlers enjoyed early success with Pedder, Irfan Qayyum and Gert Maartens all taking wickets. Penrith youngster Liam Travaskis impressed on his way to making 18.

Adam Derham chipped in with two wickets but the result was never really in doubt with the wicket offering very little assistance to the bowlers.

Maartens took the late wicket of tormentor in chief Robbie White for 29 to secure an additional bonus point for Morecambe.

Penrith finished on 122-6 although in truth the game was over well before the final overs.