Morecambe captain hopes side can ‘win big’ in return clash with Lancaster

Josh Dixon in action during the opening Twenty20 game against Lancaster. Picture: Tony North.
Josh Dixon in action during the opening Twenty20 game against Lancaster. Picture: Tony North.

Morecambe Cricket Club captain Josh Dixon is looking for his side to win big in their return Twenty20 clash with Lancaster on Friday night.

The LPNM Lunesiders, as they are known in the shorter form of the game, had a century from professional Rameez Raja to thank for their 29-run win at Woodhill Lane in the opening game of the competition.

The sides now meet at Lune Road with Dixon knowing it is almost must-win for his side with games against the other side in the group Preston to come.

The opening batsman said: “All the derby games are so close together and Friday’s a big game.

“They’ve got one up on us in this group.

“I’d expect both sides to beat Preston so Friday is a big game and run rate could come into it.

“If you’re going to win you’ve got to win big. 
“The rules encourage you to go for it and increase your run rate as high as you can.”

Morecambe then host Leyland in the Northern Premier League Division One on Saturday looking to maintain top spot.

Dixon said: “They’re a good side.

“They beat Blackpool on Saturday, they’re looking strong.

“They’ve picked up in recent weeks and it’s another tough game but hopefully at fortress Woodhill we can get another victory.”

Dixon’s men stayed top of the pile despite a defeat at Fleetwood on Saturday, which coupled with the reverse to Lancaster in the Twenty20 made it the most disappointing weekend of the season so far.

The skipper said: “It was a weekend where both games could have swung either way.

“I’m not too disheartened overall and I’m just looking to go again next week.

“Looking back at Fleetwood is a game we should have won.

“But again we are a young side with a lot of inexperience against a side like Fleetwood who in theory have got three professionals playing for them.

“If you get off to a poor start then these things can happen.”

Dixon hopes to have veterans Mark Woodhead and Tommy Clough available again after injury.

Having missed most of the season through injury Yakub Bhamji is a week or two away from a return having had fluid removed from a troublesome knee injury.

The Twenty20 game at Lune Road on Friday night is a 6.30pm start.

The match against Leyland on Saturday gets underway at 1pm.