Morecambe crash to Darwen defeat

Wicketkeeper Lewis Edge thinks Morecambe have got their man.
Wicketkeeper Lewis Edge thinks Morecambe have got their man.

Morecambe crashed back down to earth with a heavy 79-run defeat at home to Darwen on Saturday.

The Woodhill Lane outfit went into the game buoyed by a superb performance away at Settle in the Lancashire Cup but were cut down by a well-drilled and confident Darwen side who made it three wins out of three this season in the league.

Winning his first toss of the season Morecambe skipper Tommy Clough asked Darwen to have a bat on a pitch that looked as if it would offer plenty to the bowlers.

Clough was rewarded almost instantly as Ayush Sharma had Ammer Mizra (2) caught by professional Kelly Smuts at mid-off.

One became two as Chris Clarke (1) edged behind off the bowling of Jono Gates (1-45), and then when Sharma clean bowled John Cordingley (4) Darwen were reeling at 15-3.

Cue Darwen’s South African professional George Linde who alongside skipper Jordan Clarke (24) began to rebuild.

His acceleration was almost Morecambe’s downfall as his innings of 66, which included seven fours and two sixes, came from 94 balls and took Darwen into a commanding position.

Reece Davies (28) provided some fireworks of his own and but for some excellent catching in the deep could have hurt Morecambe further with Darwen eventually finishing on 166 from their 50 overs.

Darwen like Morecambe flew out of the blocks as former Cherry Tree professional Kamran Anwar removed James Law without troubling the scorers.

Josh Dixon (13) and Smuts (20), making his home debut, settled in to grind down the Darwen total, however Neil Cordingley had other ideas finding the outside edge of Dixon’s bat.

Phil Dennison joined Smuts who was unfortunate to fall to a fantastic catch in the slips just as he was starting to look dangerous.

Lewis Edge (1) came and went and Jordan Willoughby (12) grafted around on a pitch unfamiliar to him.

Ultimately Morecambe never got themselves into a position where they could win the game with the bat and were the architects of their own downfall through several false shots and poor decision making as they were bowled out for 87.

The Woodhill Lane side will look to go again on bank holiday Monday as they travel to Shap Road to play Kendal.