Ryan and skipper give Morecambe the Edge

AFTER Saturday’s washout at Stanley Park versus Blackpool, Morecambe needed to get back to winning ways against the Lancashire Colts the following day.

Skipper Lewis Edge lost the toss and perhaps surprisingly, on what looked a damp track after a week of rain, Colts skipper Rob Jones decided to bat.

Morecambe, buoyed by the return of Ikram Ullah and Gareth Pedder, were confident of 12 points which would lift the side up four places such is the closeness of the league table.

Morecambe flew out of the blocks, with both Gareth Pedder and professional Umar Amin bowling controlled lines moving the ball both ways.

Amin was the first to strike removing Scott Friend courtesy of a superb one-handed catch at slip by Mark Woodhead.

This was just the beginning for Amin who went on to take the first five Colts wickets in a superb, controlled spell of seam bowling.

At this point the Colts were in serious trouble and on a wicket offering plenty for the bowlers the ball continued to pass the outside edge.

The only resistance for the Colts was Mark Friend who grafted his way to 41 with little support from the other end.

Reg Cupit supported Amin well but it was the returning Pedder who made the difference, sneaking in with five wickets, removing the ever-present Mark Friend and the tail with excellent variation of his pace and length allowing Josh Dixon to pouch a couple of good catches.

The Colts never got going and Morecambe can be proud of their bowling and fielding display, restricting the Colts to 96 all out.

In reply Ikram Ullah punished the short pitched bowling of Danny Hawke, finding the boundary with regularity.

This however was short lived as he was caught behind for 18 off just 19 balls.

Mark Woodhead (15) was joined by Umar Amin (11) who was his typical self and looked good before top edging a short ball to square leg.

At this point the Colts sniffed a collapse and the bowling of Luke Williams (1-2) and Mark Kitchin (2-27) tested Woodhead and Dixon to the point where they were both removed.

Morecambe were saved however by two super knocks from Lewis Edge and Ryan Pearson who both saw off Williams and Kitchin before aggressively dismissing the leg spin duo of Rob Jones and Matthew McKiernan both finishing on 22 not out.

An excellent win for Morecambe which takes them up into sixth and on the coat tails of the top five.

Morecambe skipper Edge will hope the side can string several results together with big games against Fleetwood and Barrow to come.