MORECAMBE held on for a losing draw at home to Preston this weekend, with players from both sides glad to be back playing after the recent heavy rain.
With showers forecast for the afternoon Morecambe skipper Lewis Edge won the toss and inserted Preston in to bat on what looked a slow, damp Woodhill Lane wicket which would help the home bowlers.
Preston however came out all guns blazing through professional Lukman Vahaluwala and Sajid Patel, who both batted aggressively against the bowling of Gareth Pedder and Umar Amin.
Professional Amin however soon picked up the wicket of Vahluwala, caught at second slip by Pedder.
This didn’t slow down Patel, who also got hold of Reg Cupit, continuing to dispatch the ball to the boundary with ease. Morecambe were better with the ball after drinks and Tommy Clough and Jono Gates bowled superbly, with the former picking up a five-wicket haul.
Preston finished on 186-9, an exceptional score on an extremely slow wicket.
To say Morecambe had it all to do was an understatement and it got even worse as Preston flew out of the blocks with the ball, dismissing both home openers with only one run on the board.
The home side recovered however through Amin and Tom Barnfield and when Pakistani pro Amin went, captain Lewis Edge continued the good work as the home side reached 72-3.
Barnfield and Edge looked in good touch and the bowling of Harrison seemed to be to their liking, however both were to fall in quick succession leaving Morecambe deep in the mire.
Pedder and Ryan Pearson hung around but fell leaving Clough and Cupit the job of hanging on for an extra bonus point.
Cupit fell late on however but Clough saw out Vahaluwala’s last over as Morecambe finished on 122-9.
Lewis Edge’s side travel to high-flying Netherfield next week.