Morecambe CC claim their semi-final spot
Morecambe made it two wins from two in the second group stage of this year’s 40-over competition with victory at Leyland.
They booked a place in the semi-final after winning their Gold A group clash at the Stanning Memorial Ground by one wicket off the last ball.
The bowlers had done their bit in dismissing Leyland for 91 after asking them to bat first.
Jamie Cassidy had early success with the wickets of Jacob Wright and Kurtis Watson, both without scoring.
Wright’s fellow opener, Karl Cross, top-scored with 14 before falling victim to Liam Moffat, while Ross Bretherton made it to 13 only to be run out.
Morecambe could have faced a smaller target if their work in the field had been up to scratch as wides accounted for 25 of Leyland’s 30 ‘extras’.
Nevertheless, Andrew Makinson (10) was the only other batter into double figures with an innings ended by Graeme Cassidy.
Tommy Clough picked up the wicket of Tom Reece (0) before Charlie Swarbrick ran through the lower order.
He sent back Iain Critchley (9), James Rounding (2) and Josh van der Linde (2) before Liam Moffat ended the innings with the wicket of Leyland skipper David Makinson (3).
That meant he ended with 2-11, while Jamie Cassidy took 2-29, Swarbrick 3-15, Clough 1-11 and Graeme Cassidy 1-7.
However, the Morecambe run chase was anything but simple as they continually lost wickets.
Bretherton accounted for Gareth Pedder (9) and Swarbrick (4), while Cross dismissed Luke Pearson (2).
Alex Briggs (8) and Kieran Moffat (4) both fell victim to David Makinson, while Ryan Pearson battled his way to a top score of 19 before he was trapped by Watson.
As with the Leyland innings though, ‘extras’ were to make a contribution as 12 wides and three no-balls helped to add a valuable 18.
Graeme Cassidy (1) and Clough (5) were both out cheaply, falling to Critchley and David Makinson respectively, while Jamie Cassidy’s run out meant it was down to the final pair of Reuben Orr and Liam Moffat.
They duly obliged, finishing 12 not out and eight not out respectively in helping Morecambe to 92-9.
David Makinson had taken 3-11, Bretherton 2-22, Cross 1-5, Critchley 1-21 and Watson 1-20.
It means Morecambe can finish top of the group with victory at Garstang on Saturday (1pm).
The seconds were unable to make it a double as they went down by seven wickets to Fulwood and Broughton.
Josh Eales and William Mews both took 3-14 as Morecambe batted first and were all out for 81, a score Fulwood and Broughton surpassed with only three wickets down despite Freddie Deeks taking 2-19.
Lancaster took a giant stride towards a semi-final place with a six-wicket victory in their Silver A group match with Eccleston.
Eight bowlers shared the workload in dismissing their hosts for 118, Uzair Shah leading the way with 3-18 as Sam Bromley top-scored for Eccleston with 48.
Lancaster’s reply wasn’t plain sailing as they fell to 12-2 and then to 61-4 at Doctor’s Lane.
However, an unbroken stand of 58 between Andrew Chubb (41 not out) and Danny Welbourne (15 not out) saw them home.
It means Lancaster top the table with two wins from two, four points ahead of Saturday’s opponents Great Eccleston and Fleetwood, as well as a much better runs/wickets differential.
The seconds were also victorious as they saw off Leyland by 52 runs at Lune Road.
Lancaster batted first and reached 132-8, Chris Lord hitting 49 as Chloe Boardman claimed 5-21.
Imran Ashraf then took 3-13 as Leyland were all out for 80 in reply.