Great early season form comes to an end at Chorley

Morecambe's Sri Lankan professional Suraj Randiv. Picture: Tony North
Morecambe's Sri Lankan professional Suraj Randiv. Picture: Tony North

Morecambe’s dream winning start to the season came to an end at the hands of Chorley on Saturday.

Batting second in a reduced affair the Northern League’s form side slumped to just 96 all out chasing Chorley’s 139-5.

With heavy overnight rain the Windsor Park pitch was left saturated and only thanks to tireless work from the Chorley ground staff did the game start at 2pm ensuring both sides received 45 overs.

Chorley won the toss and chose to bat first but started poorly losing David Fisher (3) and Gurav Dhar (5) cheaply to Eddy Read as the quick added to his ever-increasing tally of wickets for the season.

Morecambe full of early season confidence continued to put pressure on Chorley, however Ian Dickinson (29) and Australian professional Brenton McDonald (55) showed a great deal of resistance.

The pair combined well, repelling the tight bowling of Read and Sri Lankan professional Suraj Randiv.

However, scoring shots were rare on a pitch offering plenty for the bowlers.

With the pressure building Dickinson looked to accelerate the run rate but he was caught by Jamie Cassidy off the bowling of Randiv.

This, however, did not discourage McDonald who went on to reach his 50 and with late cameos from Moulton (9) and skipper Andy Holdsworth (22) as Chorley were able to make a competitive 139-5.Happy with their first half performance Morecambe looked confident going out to bat.

However, they were to have a half hour to forget, losing Josh Dixon, Mark Woodhead, Ryan Pearson and Lewis Edge all in quick succession leaving the side in disarray. Suddenly the total of 139 seemed light-years away but it seemed Phil Dennison (29) and Suraj Randiv (16) had other ideas as they began to rebuild the Morecambe innings.

The pair looked in little trouble as the game settled into what seemed normality.

Morecambe’s relative calm however wasn’t to last as man of the match McDonald produced two magic moments with the ball to remove both Dennison and Randiv and really turn the game in Chorley’s favour.

Late resistance from man of the moment Read (27) wasn’t enough as Chorley turned the screw to wrap up the points.