Preston edge out Morecambe in dramatic Twenty 20 contest

Mark Woodhead.
Mark Woodhead.

Morecambe and Preston played out a thrilling TWP Wealth Twenty 20 Cup encounter on Tuesday evening.

The hosts posted 142-4 at Woodhill Lane, a score Preston tied from the final ball of the match to run out winners as they had only lost two wickets.

Losing the toss Morecambe were asked to bat first and Mark Woodhead and Josh Dixon started positively, the former crashing the pink ball to all areas of the ground and looking in imperious form.

Morecambe were racing along until Dixon (13) and then professional Vishal Tripathi fell in quick succession.

Ryan Pearson joined Woodhead who continued to dominate the bowling, passing 50 with ease.

He eventually went for a wonderfully entertaining 80, run out by a smart direct hit.

Skipper Lewis Edge and Gareth Pedder came together late on and with a couple of lusty blows made sure Morecambe reached a very competitive total.

Preston came out all guns blazing in reply, Mohsin Modhi (27) hitting two huge sixes in the first over onto the roof of Woodhill House.

Ben Harrison mixed singles with aggressive stroke play, however Modhi fell leg before to Yakub Bhamji.

This brought Preston professional Soyeb Dukanwala (58 not out) to the crease who batted superbly finding the boundary with regularity.

Preston were always up with the rate and Dukanwala seemed to have taken a shine to Morecambe’s bowling, as he continued to time the ball beautifully to the boundary rope.

Tommy Clough claimed the wicket of Harrison (36) however and a tight finish was on the cards.

With one ball remaining Preston needed two to win the game outright but just one to win on fewer wickets lost.

Tripathi fired the ball into Dukanwala’s pads and Morecambe could do nothing as Preston sneaked a single to win.