Gates display sees off Preston

Jono Gates.
Jono Gates.

A wonderful display from Jono Gates saw Morecambe humble Preston on Saturday.

Morecambe then knocked off the runs for the loss of two wickets to bounce back from last Saturday’s Northern League defeat at the hands of Barrow.

Captain Lewis Edge said: “The lads knuckled down after last week’s disappointment and were superb in the field.

“I must give huge credit to Jono Gates who bowled superbly, and we’ve got to take this forward now into next weeks game against St Annes at Woodhill Lane.”

With the game reduced to 35 overs a side Edge had no hesitation in asking Preston to bat first on winning the toss.

Gates and Yakub Bhamji started superbly, the former picking up the wickets of Ben Harrison and Yasin Patel in quick succession.

Morecambe were also excellent in the field and took superb catches to remove Sajid Patel, Soyeb Dukanwala and Miya Ahmed Lunat who all fell to Gates.

Preston were in all kinds of trouble at 20-5 and with Gates and Bhamji both tearing in and finding significant movement it only seemed a matter of time before the final five wickets would fall.

Suman Shrestha and Edge combined to brilliantly run out Mohsin Modi and wickets continued to tumbe with Bhamji grabbing two more and the evergreen Gates completing a wonderful bowling display by capturing the final wicket.

With storm clouds gathering and the rain starting to fall in only the second over quick runs were the order of the day and with this a little wobble was inevitable.

Mark Woodhead (eight) and Josh Dixon (five) fell looking to be aggressive but professional Vishal Tripathi continued his superb form striking four boundaries finishing on (20 not out) alongside Shrestha (six not out).

It was a comprehensive victory in the nick of time with the heavens opening as the players left the field.

On Sunday, Morecambe’s National Knockout second Round tie verses Kendal at Shap Road was completely washed out.

With no other date available to play the game a result was decided via a bowl out with Kendal coming out on top hitting four times to Morecambe’s three.