WOODHILL Lane turned into Woodhill Lake on Saturday as Morecambe’s Northern Premier League game against Darwen was called off on Friday evening.
Carnforth’s Lodge Quarry survived the recent heavy rain however and was fit for them to welcome Morecambe for the opening T20 game of the season on Sunday.
On a cold blustery afternoon captain Lewis Edge won the toss and had no hesitation in having a bat given the reputation of the Carnforth wicket.
Morecambe began well but lost wickets at regular intervals, however Pakistani professional Umar Amin was there alongside Josh Dixon heading into the latter overs.
Even though wickets went down regularly Morecambe looked set to achieve a total of around 130 to 140, after a couple of lusty blows Amin went for one too many and was bowled by Carnforth professional Toby Bulcock.
James Law carried on alongside Dixon and the pair mixed singles with several boundaries and took the Morecambe total to a very competitive 132.
In reply Carnforth raced away with Jordan Relph and Ryan Nelson getting them off to a great start, scoring 35 off the first five overs.
This, however, was to be the highlight as when Gareth Pedder caught Relph Carnforth’s downfall began.
Twenty-over specialist Gert Marrtens claimed four victims including Carnforth professional Bulcock for a duck.
Alongside Marrtens, spinner Tommy Clough bowled with good control and Morecambe’s fielding was of the highest quality.
A great start to the T20 campaign and it is hoped the side will get back to winning ways in the league next week when Leyland visit Woodhill Lane.
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