Chorley batsmen ease to target as Morecambe suffer home loss

Ryan Pearson in action for Morecambe. Picture: Tony North.
Ryan Pearson in action for Morecambe. Picture: Tony North.
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Morecambe hosted Blackpool in the Northern Premier Division on Saturday, but it was the visitors who came away with the victory, winning by nine wickets in what was a comprehensive win.

Morecambe captain Ryan Pearson won the toss and elected to bat first, but his fellow-opener Luke Pearson (0) fell early, caught by Harry Barclay off Chris Harty (1-40).

Professional Luke Jongwe (10) came in and reached double figures before being bowled by Edwin Moulton (4-31).

Pearson managed a decent knock of 38 before being caught by Barclay off Stuart Naden (2-41) and Jamie Heywood (32) also impressed until being bowled by Moulton.

Reuben Orr could only muster a single run before being bowled by Naden, while Alex Briggs (30) at least showed some resistance until he was out LBW to Joe Barker (3-18).

Stefan Dixon came and went, caught by Barclay off Moulton for just one run, while Daniel Edwards (28) tried to accelerate the run rate, but he too fell, Barker striking again with the help of Barclay. Once he departed, the end was nigh as the tail were mopped up with relative ease.

Jamie Cassidy (4) was caught by Andrew Holdsworth off Barker, while Louis Backhouse could only manage a knock of three before being caught by Will Moulton off the bowling of Edwin Moulton as Morecambe finished on 153 all out.

Chorley reached their target with ease, losing only one wicket in the process.

Naden (4) didn’t last long, he was caught by Orr off Cassidy (1-36), but that was as good as it got for the home team as Wian Van Zyl (107) hit an impressive century and Gayan Maneeshan (41) helped see Chorley over the line inside 23 overs.

Luke Jongwe (0-32), Daniel Edwards (0-42), Tommy Clough (0-28) and Stefan Dixon (0-15) all did their best with the ball but they couldn’t upset the rhythm of the Chorley batsmen.