Lancaster youngsters show promise in derby clash

LANCASTER got the better of Morecambe in this bank holiday derby clash.

Asked to bat first Lancaster started steadily only losing Ranga (10) to Morecambe’s opening pair of Alam and Maartens.

Joe Atkinson batted steadily on his way to an excellent 46. Quyyum accounted for both Atkinson and Moorby bringing the veteran pair of Parkinson and Craig Atkinson to the crease.

The drinks interval signalled a change in tactics with both players looking to take the attack to the bowlers.

Graves bowled Atkinson for 25, however this provided the incentive for Ian Parkinson to take the game to the Morecambe bowlers.

With over 90 added in 15 overs Morecambe turned to Maartens, had an immediate impact, removing first Chambers and then Parkinson for an excellent 72.

Lancaster kept the score board moving whilst losing wickets towards the end of the innings, finally being bowled out off the first ball of the last over for an imposing 220.

Maartens and Graves both finished with three wickets apiece.

In reply Morecambe started brightly with Law looking particular impressive, until a mix up and a slip saw him run out for 12.

When Maje was caught by the flying Craig Atkinson for 36, Morecambe’s chances of victory were already looking remote.

Cockburn’s agony was finally ended by Craig Atkinson for 25.

The re-introduction of Joe Atkinson triggered a mini collapse from the Morecambe middle order taking three wickets in three overs whilst Chambers removed Pearson at the other end.

With 13 overs remaining Lancaster were looking favourites for victory.

Fisher having damaged a thumb in the field lasted for five overs in support of young wicket keeper Ahmed before becoming Chambers’ second wicket.

Alam (4) and Ahmed (12) batted the remaining overs out with a few scares along the way to deny Lancaster victory.

Lancaster can take great heart from the performances of some of their younger players.

Joe Atkinson had a particularly good day scoring 46 and taking 3–29.

Morecambe 2nd 142–8

Lancaster 2nd 220ao

Furness Northern Premier League Division Two