Morecambe see off Settle in Lancashire Cup

Morecambe professional Kelly Smuts in action at Settle in the Lancashire Cup.
Morecambe professional Kelly Smuts in action at Settle in the Lancashire Cup.

Morecambe were comfortable five-wicket winners away at Settle in the first round of the Lancashire Cup on Sunday.

The Woodhill Lane outfit showed their class with both bat and ball as they restricted their Ribblesdale League opponents to just 117 before knocking off the total inside 37 overs.

Ayush Sharma in action for Morecambe against Settle.

Ayush Sharma in action for Morecambe against Settle.

Morecambe gave first team debuts to new South African professional Kelly Smuts, Ayush Sharma and Irfan Quyyam.

Being asked to bowl first the Morecambe opening pair of Ayush Sharma (1-12) and Yakub Bhamji (0-22) bowled with superb control restricting the Settle batsmen to very few loose offerings.

Sharma particularly stepped up on his first team debut and showed his class with the ball, picking up the wicket of T Davidson for just single figures.

Morecambe were guilty of spurning a couple of sharp chances including Settle’s Pakistani professional Imran Khalid.

Khalid was watchful at first and then began to threaten Morecambe with one or two lusty blows before skipper Tommy Clough (4-27) and Lewis Edge combined to have him stumped looking to go over the top.

Through Clough Morecambe began to pile on the pressure with wickets falling at regular intervals, and Clough was backed up beautifully by professional Smuts (3-15) and Quayyam (1-40) with Settle eventually finishing on a well below par score of 117.

The Morecambe response started superbly through Josh Dixon (28) and Phil Dennison (36) who played watchful, sensible cricket against the more than capable bowling of E Reid and T Davidson who bowled well on a helpful pitch.

The pair took Morecambe past the 50 mark before Dennison was bowled by L Read for a well-crafted 36.

Dixon was joined by Smuts (20) who punished any loose offerings before the pair were to both fall to the returning Davidson.

Edge (19) struck a few lusty blows of his own taking Morecambe within seven of victory but it was Ryan Pearson (8) alongside Adam Derham who confirmed the victory and sent Morecambe into the second round.

Morecambe had seen their game at Northern League newcomers Penrith called off without a ball being bowled on Saturday.

Tommy Clough’s side however have a double header of action over this bank holiday weekend , hosting in-form Darwen at Woodhill Lane on Saturday before travelling to Kendal on Monday, May 5.

Ben Simm’s Lancaster had a free weekend but will also return to action with two games in three days.

They travel to Netherfield before hosting Chorley.

Morecambe’s second team meanwhile recorded a winning draw against Penrith at Woodhill Lane on Saturday.

The hosts posted 208 for 5 with Gareth Pedder making 98 and pictured, captain Phil Dennison making 48.

Morecambe’s bowlers then restricted Penrith to 122 for 6 with Adam Derham and Gert Maartens chipping in with two wickets apiece.