Morecambe's Pro Luke Jongwe
Morecambe's Pro Luke Jongwe

It was a case of so near, yet so far for Morecambe as they were agonisingly beaten in the final over by Fleetwood at Broadwater.

Ryan Pearson’s men were beaten by three wickets as the hosts chased down their imposing total of 210-7 with just one ball to spare.

The result now means Morecambe have slipped below mid-table, while Fleetwood are in fifth spot.

The day had begun promising for the visitors after Pearson had won the toss and had no hesitation in having first use of the wicket.

The skipper was soon back in the pavilion, however, as he was caught behind by Dean Bell off the bowling of Alex Ryder in the first over for five.

Luke Pearson and Luke Jongwe then enjoyed a decent partnership for the second wicket until the former was bowled by Ryder for 27. His knock came off 34 balls and included six boundaries .

Jamie Heywood’s stint in the middle did not last long as he was run out for a duck and Lewis Smith was bowled by Damien Hutchinson for five.

Zimbabwean Jongwe then handed a catch to James Gregson off Joe Bell for 37 and Alex Briggs was trapped in front by the same bowler for 17.

Morecambe’s innings was given fresh impetus by Reuben Orr who struck a timely unbeaten half-century. His knock included six fours and one six.

He was ably assisted by Daniel Edwards, who struck 28 off 43 balls before being bowled by Sam Bell.

Stefan Dixon helped push the score above 200 with two boundaries in a quick-fire 19.

In reply, Fleetwood got off to a good start thanks to openers Jeremy Davies and Damien Hutchinson.

It was Jamie Cassidy who got the breakthrough when he had Hutchinson (14) caught by Dixon.

Daniel Edwards then removed Davies after he holed out to Luke Pearson for 32.

However, Dean Bell and Neels Bergh then enjoyed an excellent partnership for the third wicket.

Bergh was particularly aggressive, hitting his 46 runs at almost a run a ball – a knock which included six 

He was eventually dismissed when caught and bowled by Daniel Edwards .

Liam Castellas was run out by Lloyd Smith for 16 and Declan Clerkin was dismissed for eight when he offered a catch up to Luke Pearson off Dixon’s bowling.

Bell was bowled by Dixon for 41 after hitting five boundaries in his 85-ball knock.

Six wickets down, Morecambe sensed an opportunity, but their flame was doused by James Gregson, who struck a quick-fire 26 before being caught by Dixon off Cassidy.

It was left to Ryder (17 not out) and Joe Bell (6 not out) to guide the home side to victory off the penultimate ball.

This weekend, Morecambe are at home to Leyland