Morecambe see off Carnforth in Tower Shield final

Morecambe opener Ryan Pearson during the 2014 Tower Shield final against Carnforth. Picture: Tony North
Morecambe opener Ryan Pearson during the 2014 Tower Shield final against Carnforth. Picture: Tony North
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A healthy crowd saw Morecambe end their season by lifting the Tower Shield with victory over Carnforth at Bare Cricket Club on Sunday.

Winning the toss. Morecambe chose to bat first and soon lost Jordan Willoughby for four off the impressive Darren Nelson (1-12).

Morecambe captain Ryan Pearson and Adam Derham progressed steadily taking the score to 64 before Derham (26) became the first of three caught and bowled victims.

Pearson then moved Morecambe to 102 before being well caught by Potter for a patient 52.

With eight overs remaining Morecambe found it hard to push the accelerator, losing wickets at regular intervals including Lewis Smith for 23.

It was left to the experience of Phil Dennison to ensure Morecambe set a competitive total hitting 23 not out in the final overs as his side finished on 142-8.

Alex Benson proved the pick of the Carnforth bowlers taking 4-29 under pressure as Morecambe looked to accelerate at the end of the innings.

Carnforth’s reply started badly when Jamie Cassidy removed Bradley Hoyle, however Wayne Tomlinson batted well putting anything loose to the boundary.

It took the introduction of 15-year-old Smith to stem the flow of runs with four consecutive maidens. Irfan Quyyam then struck removing first Rueben Bragg and then Tomlinson for 31.

Lupton removed Nelson quickly followed by Quyyam taking two further wickets to finish with 4-32 and Carnforth had gone from 44-1 to 60-6 in nine overs and the balance of the game had changed.

Rob Horsfall put up some resistance with the tale until the returning Cassidy struck twice to finish with 3-16.

The last pair started to get the Morecambe hearts fluttering as they added 24 but Morecambe secured victory when Damian Gudgeon stumped Ryan Kitchen for eight leaving Robert Horsfall 22 not out as Carnforth were bowled out for 114, 28 short of their target.

It was then left to Morecambe skipper Pearson to collect the Tower Shield trophy and the man of the match award.