Lancaster look to even the score with Morecambe

Lancaster professional Rameez Raja in action against Morecambe. Picture: Tony North
Lancaster professional Rameez Raja in action against Morecambe. Picture: Tony North
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Lancaster captain Ben Simm is delighted his side don’t have to wait long for a shot at revenge against Morecambe.

The Lune Road side lost out to their local rivals by just seven runs in the Northern Premier League derby on bank holiday Monday.

The teams now meet again in Twenty20 action on Friday night, again at Woodhill Lane, with Simm keen for his side to right a few wrongs.

The off-spinner, who will lead a team known as the LPNM Lunesiders in the shorter format, said: “We just want jump back on the horse and get the right result this time.

“Our batting suits the shorter game and we tend to bat a shorter amount of overs anyway!

“We fancy ourselves in the Twenty20 and we think we’ll go well in it.

“We’ve done very well in it the last few years.

“We’ve got a well rounded bowling attack and some big hitters with the bat and hopefully they can come off and we’ll qualify for finals day.”

Monday’s derby was a rollercoaster of emotions for all involved as Morecambe just about defended a total of 160 as the rivals proved a credit to local cricket.

Simm said: “The whole day was the up and down and it was a brilliant game for the neutrals but not so good for me having to play through it!

“It was disappointing but a good game of cricket and a good advert for the Northern League.

“The game was played in great spirit and there was a bit of banter between us.

“But (Morecambe wicketkeeper) Lewis Edge fairly called back our opening batsman after taking the bails off, there was great sportsmanship shown.”

The game at Woodhill Lane on Friday night is a 6pm start.

Lancaster then host Netherfield as they look to get back to winning ways in the Northern League on Saturday.