Cricket: It’s tough for skipper Clough as Morecambe aim to kickstart season

Morecambe captain Tommy Clough in action at Kendal.
Morecambe captain Tommy Clough in action at Kendal.
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Morecambe captain Tommy Clough is hoping his stretched side can kickstart their season sooner rather than later.

The Woodhill Lane outfit are yet to win in the Northern League this season and saw their game at Netherfield rained off at the weekend.

They next host Chorley this Saturday, May 17, with Clough admitting his squad is far from as strong as it looked at the start of the season having finished in the top four last year.

The spin bowler said: “It’s been a difficult start and a real turnaround from last year.

“We’ve lost quite a few players though.

“Mark Woodhead looks like he’s going to miss the season with a knee injury, Tom Barnfield has work commitments, young Jake Smith has decided to pack in all together which is a bit of a blow because he’s really talented and Phil Dennison has retired from first team cricket.

“From looking like we had quite a good squad we’re down to the bare bones and when things aren’t going well it’s difficult to freshen things up.

“We’re still confident in the 11 we’ve got but in the end it’s amateur sport and we’re going to miss people for a few games a season because it isn’t the most important thing in their lives.”

In a competitive Northern League, Clough knows his side have to be consistent with bat, ball and in the field something that has alluded them so far this season.

He said: “At Settle (in the Lancashire Cup) we played superbly and the batting, bowling and fielding came together but we haven’t been able to take it into the league.

“The bowling’s been pretty good but our batting has let us down.”