SLIDESHOW: Morecambe take derby spoils with win over Lancaster

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Morecambe turned their weekend fortunes around as they took local bragging rights in the derby game versus Lancaster on Bank Holiday Monday.

After being humbled for a lowly 57 on Saturday against Blackpool the returning James Law smashed his maiden Northern League Division One half century and in turn set the platform for a tense one-wicket win at Lune Road.

Lancaster's professional Michael Barry hits a four.

Lancaster's professional Michael Barry hits a four.

Losing the toss Lancaster skipper Ben Simm decided to have a bat on a pitch which had a healthy covering of grass.

Morecambe roared out of the blocks picking up the wicket of Kieran Moffat (4) and constantly looked dangerous with the uneven bounce beginning to become a major part of the game.

Lancaster professional Michael Barry alongside Jamie Heywood however had other ideas despite Heywood being struck painfully on several occassions from balls which pitched on a good length.

The pair combined well and took Lancaster forward to 87 before Heywood (24) fell to the change bowling of Ayush Sharma.

Charlie Swarbrick made a grafting 12 and but Morecambe made the major breakthrough when they picked up the wicket of Barry for a beautifully crafted 77, an innings which included 12 boundaries.

Alongside skipper Simm the Lancaster middle order chipped in with both Iain Burstow and Alex Metcalfe striking maximums to ensure Lancaster made 185-8.

Morecambe, confident of achieving the total, lost Dixon to one which jumped off the bowling of Liam Moffat (4-54).

Despite this Kelly Smuts combined with Jordan Willoughby and the pair took Morecambe forward to 41 when Smuts fell trying to work one from his pads only to find a leading edge.

Ryan Pearson came and went but Lewis Edge mixed well with Willoughby playing with typical aggression making a solid 22.

When both he and Craig Atkinson fell in quick succession Morecambe were suddenly in trouble at 86-6.

Cue Yakub Bhamji (36) and James Law (53) who beautifully mixed attack with defence driving the visitors forward.

Simm rotated his bowlers in search of a wicket however Law brought up his 50 from 70 balls.

Suddenly, with victory in sight and the score on 166, Bhamji fell followed by Law 10 runs later for a well-made 53, devastated he couldn’t get his side over the line.

There was to be a further twist as Adam Derham was run out for just four leaving skipper Tommy Clough to hit the winning runs alongside Ayush Sharma, ensuring Morecambe left Lune Road with local bragging rights.