Morecambe CC miss out in their bid to go for gold
Morecambe fell at the penultimate hurdle in their bid to win this year’s 40-over competition for Northern League and Palace Shield clubs.
Having come through two group stages to reach the semi-finals, they were beaten by Blackpool in their elite gold section final four clash on Saturday.
Graeme Cassidy’s players went down by 17 runs at Woodhill Lane after their bowlers had looked to have dragged them back into the game.
Blackpool had won the toss and opted to bat first, a decision which looked a good one as opening pair Ciaran Johnson and Sam Dutton put on 86 for the first wicket.
That was when Charlie Swarbrick picked up the wicket of Johnson for 31, sparking a change in fortunes.
Blackpool lost eight wickets for 51 runs on their way to finishing their 40 overs on 146-8.
Graeme Cassidy dismissed Tomas King (5) before Kieran Moffat got in on the act, sending back Ben Howarth (1) and Dutton (66) to leave Blackpool 117-4.
It was soon 120-7 as Liam Moffat got the better of Dylan Henshall (0) and Jake Muncaster (0) before Kieran Moffat accounted for Josh Boyne (7).
The same bowler then dismissed Matt Grindley (6) to end with 4-37 while Liam Moffat took 2-15, Graeme Cassidy 1-31 and Swarbrick 1-33.
In reply, however, Morecambe were always left playing catch-up after a dreadful start to their innings.
They slumped to 16-3 as Grindley got the wickets of Jamie Heywood (8) and Swarbrick (0) in consecutive deliveries, before Arran Lewin got the better of Luke Pearson (8).
Ryan Pearson and Lewis Smith tried to rebuild with an innings-high partnership of 28 for the fourth wicket.
That ended when Boyne dismissed Ryan Pearson (20) as Morecambe lost three wickets for two runs.
Boyne also sent back Gareth Pedder (0) and King dismissed Smith (7) as 44-3 suddenly became 46-6.
Boyne collected a third wicket as Reuben Orr (8) was out to leave Morecambe 62-7.
Kieran Moffat made 19 before he became King’s second victim, and the end was nigh once Lewin accounted for Liam Moffat (6) with Morecambe on 104-9.
Graeme Cassidy and Jamie Cassidy ensured Morecambe would avoid losing all 10 wickets with an unbroken stand of 25 for the final wicket.
That took them to 129-9 at the end of their reply, the captain top-scoring with an undefeated 43 as Boyne took 3-19, Grindley 2-17, King 2-21 and Lewin 2-40.
Morecambe’s seconds were also beaten as they lost their silver play-off with Chorley by 66 runs on Saturday.
Jack Bird took 3-27 as Morecambe bowled out Chorley for 136 when they batted first at Windsor Park.
In reply, however, Morecambe were all out for 70 as Andy Flear took 4-35 and Adam McCullagh 3-6.
Lancaster also lost as they went down by 24 runs to Kendal in their elite level silver semi-final at Lune Road.
Kendal batted first and were all out for 154 with two balls of their innings remaining.
Ben Simm again led the Lancaster bowling with figures of 5-28 from his eight overs.
Irfan Qayyum (2-41), Laurie Atkinson (1-20) and Abdul Rehman Shah (1-22) also took wickets for a Lancaster side which was dismissed for 130 in the 38th over of their reply.
Atkinson (32), Faizan Khan (31) and Andrew Chubb (21) all got starts but Darren Nightingale’s 4-17 helped to give Kendal victory.
Lancaster’s seconds reached their silver final as they beat Torrisholme by five runs.
Lancaster batted first and were all out for 95, Liam Pemberton claiming 4-26 for Torrisholme who were 90 all out.
Mohamma Bilal took 3-5 for Lancaster, who travel to Thornton Cleveleys on Saturday (12.30pm).