Pride at stake in Bank Holiday derbies

Morecambe's Lewis Edge.
Morecambe's Lewis Edge.
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There will be plenty of local pride at stake in a bumper weekend of Bank Holiday cricket.

Morecambe and Lancaster clash twice in four days, first in the opening round of games of the TWP Wealth Twenty/20 competition on Friday night before meeting in the Northern League on Bank Holiday Monday.

Both games take place at Lune Road with the two district sides having made indifferent starts to the season.

After seeing Saturday’s clash against St Annes at Woodhill Lane washed out Morecambe skipper Lewis Edge sees the weekend as a good chance for his side to kick on on all fronts.

He said: “The Twenty 20 cup is a big one for us.

“We’ve a young side with real talent and if we want to be known as a top side at this level we have got to compete on all fronts and this starts on Friday with our trip to the old enemy Lancaster.”

Lancaster also saw Saturday’s game against Fleetwood lost to the rain, but with two games in two days, picked up a 15-point victory over the Lancashire Colts on Sunday.

Captain Ben Simm, who picked up a five-wicket haul against the county colts side, admitted games between the two rivals have a little extra spice.

He said: “The Twenty 20 competition is one you look forward to anyway but it’s good playing your local rivals.

“You want to get one over on them and there’s always a little bit more needle than in the other Northern League games.

“We’re looking forward to both games.”

Both sides also have Northern League fixtures to contend with on Saturday, sandwiched between the two derbies.

Morecambe travel to Darwen, just four points and one place above them in the league, while Lancaster make the trip to Kendal.

Simm said: “The league is wide open at the moment. With a couple of wins you can shoot up there.”