MOMENTUM was the key word in Morecambe skipper Lewis Edge’s post match interview, as his side made it three wins in a row with a superb all-round display away at Shap Road against Kendal.
The visitors battled to 138-8 before professional Umar Amin took seven wickets to seal a 25-run win.
Edge said: “It’s all starting to come together, the lads grafted out a score on a damp green wicket and the pro bowled superbly today.
“As a side we are seriously growing in confidence. With Netherfield only getting a losing draw at Carnforth and Preston losing the momentum is with us and there is no reason why we can’t finish in the top three or four.”
Asked to bat first on what looked a green wicket Morecambe openers Ikram Ullah and Josh Dixon made an assured start.
Ullah the aggressor looked calm and relaxed as he stroked first Stu Parkin and then Jack White over the top of mid-on for two glorious boundaries.
With Dixon rotating the strike the pair looked good, however Ullah (21) was to fall caught at third man off a leading edge, giving White his first victim.
Professional Umar Amin joined Dixon and looked in superb touch from the start, dispatching Cumberland’s Chris Miller for a straight six.
His well-made 20 came to an end as he drove straight at cover, and Dixon (14) was soon to follow trying to repeat his cover drive for four he had made earlier in the over, getting an inside edge back onto his stumps.
Skipper Edge and Tom Barnfield were aggressive in their approach, however after both fell, along with Ryan Pearson, Morecambe were wobbling.
Gareth Pedder (11) and Gulam Madge (17) dragged Morecambe back though, mixing singles with the odd boundary.
Miller dismissed Pedder with a smart catch off his own bowling but the tail wagged and James Law (16 not out) along with Gert Maartens (eight not out) carried on the good work, taking Morecambe to a total of 138-8.
Kendal’s reply began slowly with openers Baker and Du Plessis content on survival and 10 overs ticked by very quickly with few scoring shots.
Amin however sniffed wickets, and his bowling alongside that of Pedder and secondly Reg Cupit was superb.
Cupit was Amin’s perfect partner as he removed Kendal professional Jamie How caught by Ryan Pearson at point for only six.
Still Terry Hunte (11) was at the crease, and anything was still possible until Cupit trapped him in front.
Kendal’s batsmen were struggling with the moving ball and it showed as Amin removed Lewthwaite, Phillips and Braithwaite all for single figures to claim five wickets.
Amin however was not finished and neither were Kendal as Jack White (28) took it upon himself to knock off the runs.
However, when he ran out his captain Miller any result was possible.
And he was soon to follow, bowled by the superb Amin who finished with figures of seven for 33 as Morecambe wrapped up a 25-run victory.
Morecambe’s Readers Cup tie against Kendal on Sunday, July 22, was abandoned due to the Woodhill Lane playing surface being unfit.
The sides will try again in two weeks time.
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