Vishal’s half century vital to first victory

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Morecambe bounced back from last week’s opening day disappointment at the hands of Leyland with a superb victory at Chorley.

Bowling fist Morecambe started brightly, Yakub Bhamji bowling with real ferocity first up but he met his match in Griffiths who found the boundary with ease.

Fifteen overs into the contest Chorley were on top at 40-0 however the introduction of Gareth Pedder changed things and alongside Jono Gates they set to work dismantling Chorley’s top order.

Together the pair took the first five Chorley wickets and suddenly the home side were 72-5.

Morecambe sensed an opportunity and through the spin bowing of Tommy Clough and professional Vishal Tripathi they squeezed the Chorley lower order limiting them to a below-par score of 139 picking up the final two wickets in the final two balls of the game.

Morecambe’s reply started poorly with Smith trapping Josh Dixon on the crease, however pro Tripathi came out and instantly looked in the mood.

Despite losing 17 overs to rain and hail Tripathi and Suman Shrestha mixed excellent running with superb stroke play and the pro soon reached a wonderfully-made half century.

He went caught behind off the bowling of Flood with his side 12 runs from victory. Captain Lewis Edge strode out next and was soon striding back as Flood hit him plum on the toe first up to remove him leg before wicket.

A wobble was inevitable, but Pearson (two not out) and the brilliant Shrestha (40 not out) brought the game home for a well-deserved 12 points.