Woodhead shines in low scoring encounter

Morecambe captain Mark Woodhead in action. Pictures: TONY NORTH
Morecambe captain Mark Woodhead in action. Pictures: TONY NORTH

MORECAMBE continued their excellent recent form with a 21-run win against Blackpool on Saturday.

In a low-scoring affair Morecambe were once again indebted to captain Mark Woodhead’s runs at the top of the order.

He was ably supported by a fine cameo from Welbourne as the innings drew to an end.

However, it was again bowlers Jono Gates and professional Anwar Ali who proved the match winners with the ball. Put into bat Morecambe soon lost Dixon, caught behind.

The in-form Lewis Edge and Chris Williams both soon followed, trapped lbw off the slow left arm bowling of professional Blackpool Con De Lange. Woodhead set about rebuilding the innings with Ali and the pair tried their best to keep the scoreboard moving on a testing two-paced wicket.

They had taken the score to 85 when Woodhead became De Lange’s third victim for a patient 48.

All the home side’s batsmen struggled to score at any reasonable rate, but the innings was given an injection of momentum when Welbourne hit a run-a-ball 23 to take Morecambe to a total which gave their bowlers hope.

Gates and Ali soon removed both openers, Davies being caught at mid-on and Mouncey having his bail broken by home professional Ali.

The pair shared the first six wickets as the Blackpool batsmen, like Morecambe before them, struggled to dominate with the bat.

Eventually professional De Lange found a batting partner prepared to graft with him in the shape of Cumberland recruit Richard Gleeson and the pair brought Blackpool back into the game with a partnership of 40.

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