Lancaster and Morecambe set for two big Twenty20 derbies

Lancaster's captain Ben Simm in action against Morecambe earlier in the season.

Lancaster's captain Ben Simm in action against Morecambe earlier in the season.

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Lancaster and Morecambe clash twice this week with both sides battling to rescue their seasons.

They meet in the TWP Wealth Twenty 20 on Friday at Lune Road and Tuesday at Woodhill Lane as they look to get their campaigns properly up and running.

The sides played out a thrilling tie in May but have won just once in the Northern League this season and are looking to the shorter form of the game to kickstart their seasons.

Lancaster captain and chairman Ben Simm said: “Obviously it’s been a disappointing start, especially with the bat. But sometimes, the T20, with the hard pink ball, is one that can help you get into form.

“It’s always good to play your rivals too and we want to get one over on them.

“There’s quite a lot riding on it. Qualification for finals day is quite open at the minute and you never know if you get there.

“We’ve been there before and hopefully this is our year.”

Lancaster’s cause hasn’t been helped as they’ve struggled for numbers in recent weeks with Simm himself being banned until next month after an altercation with a Netherfield player earlier in the season.

He said: “It was just an argument that ended with me pushing him out of the way.

“I regret the incident but I think it’s been blown out of all proportion.

“The most disappointing thing is that I feel like I’m letting my team mates down and that I’ve left them in the lurch.”

After the first derby clash, Lancaster host Kendal and Morecambe host Preston in the Northern League on Saturday.

Both sides are then in Readers Cup action the following day, Lancaster hosting Netherfield and Morecambe travelling to Blackpool, before the second T20 game on Tuesday, June 24.

Simm said: “We’ve got a big chance over the next week or so.

“We’re playing teams in a similar situation to us and it feels like we’re not far off a win.”

Morecambe captain and chairman Tommy Clough said: “We’ve been poor in the league so far and only the biggest optimist could see us winning it this year.

“Our chances of competing at the top end look to have gone already.

“That makes the Twenty20s and the League Cup a lot more important.

“If my players can’t get themselves up for Friday then I think they’re playing for the wrong team.”

On Friday at Lune Road there will be a BBQ and music with the bar showing the World Cup. The game starts at 6.30pm.