Morecambe seconds beat Chorley and weather

Morecambe seconds' Miles Manley scored 61 not out against Chorley.
Morecambe seconds' Miles Manley scored 61 not out against Chorley.
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Morecambe’s second team got the better of both Chorley and the weather at Woodhill Lane on Saturday.

Asked to bat first the home side were in major trouble with Gulam Maje, James Law, Phil Dennison and Michael Fisher all dismissed before the scoreboard reached 40.

Will Fraser-Gray and Miles Manley stopped the rot and aided by some poor catching by Chorley, the Morecambe duo built a solid partnership.

By the time the rain came the score had reached 86. With only two overs lost youngster Fraser-Gray played the leading role his way to a marvellous maiden 50 before being finally out for a well-made 55.

Manley after a shaky start, was looking reassured as he too made his maiden Northern League half century.

Irfan Qayyum, Joe Singleton and Damian Gudgeon also provided support as late call-up Manley was roundly cheered by the Morecambe players and spectators as he finished 61 not out as the hosts amassed an improbable total of 177.

In reply, Chorley were pegged back by birthday boy Jamie Cassidy and Law.

Cassidy struck an early blow removing Rowan Mitcham and with the skies around Woodhill Lane blackening Chorley failed to grasp to possibilities of a rain-affected run chase and continued at a snail’s pace as Morecambe scurried through their overs.

With only 18 over required to constitute a game, the downpour came with Chorley 18 off 14.3 overs.

Frantic efforts from the home side enabled the game to resume with less than five minutes to spare. With 24 overs lost the revised victory total was an improbable 103 off 19 overs and a fruitless slog ensued with Chorley losing a further wicket on their way to 46.

Both Morecambe’s first team games, at Chorley on Saturday and at home to the Lancashire Colts on Sunday were washed out without a ball being bowled.