Lancaster captain can’t wait for Morecambe derby

Lancaster's Iain Perrieman goes on the attack. Picture: Tony North
Lancaster's Iain Perrieman goes on the attack. Picture: Tony North
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Lancaster captain Ben Simm admits he can’t wait to lock horns with local rivals Morecambe for the first time this season.

The Lune Road men and Josh Dixon’s side are third and fourth respectively in the Northern Premier League Division One on the same number of points, 61

They meet at Woodhill Lane on bank holiday Monday with Simm knowing victory over their rivals will complete a fine start to the new season with two further Twenty 20 games against Morecambe to follow shortly after.

The off-spinner said: “We both underachieved a little last year.

“I think Morecambe will know that as much as ourselves.

“It’s good to be going into it with both teams at the top of the table.

“It’s a few years since both teams have been up there when we’ve met like this.

“It’s exciting to say the least.

“It’s always a big game and we’ve got a few Lancaster lads who have grown up with the rivalry.”

Lancaster, who will be boosted by the return of professional Rameez Raja after two weeks playing in the Twenty20 competition back in his native Pakistan, first face reigning champions Blackpool at Lune Road on Saturday.

Simm said: “They are going well.

“They’re six points ahead of us at the top but we’ve got a game in hand.

“It’s a big test for us but we know what we’re coming up against.

“The two opening bowlers are the stars for them.

“It’s a test we’re looking forward to because we’re flying at the moment.

“It’s a big weekend even this early in the season.”

Simm takes his side into the double-header after a commanding batting display in the 105-run win at struggling Preston on Saturday.

The skipper said: “We batted supremely well.

“With a first wicket stand of over 100 you know you’re going to put a good total on the board.

“It was nice to be sat in my shorts and not scrambling around getting my pads on!

“But seriously, it was a really accomplished batting performance.

“We didn’t give any cheap wickets away and it was built on big partnerships.”