Lancaster produced an excellent recovery with the bat to pick up a TWP Wealth Twenty 20 victory over Morecambe at Lune Road on Friday night.
Batting first the Seasiders were bowled out for 87 with the hosts getting over the line for a four-wicket win off the first ball of the final over despite being 15-5 at one point.
In a derby game that twisted and turned over the course of the evening, Tommy Clough’s side were asked to bat and started poorly with Jordan Willoughby, brought up the order in the shorter format of the game, falling for just five.
His opening partner Josh Dixon dug in against the hostile bowling of Lancaster’s Iain Perrieman (2-9) who bowled aggressive lines and lengths as he collected the crucial wicket of professional Kelly Smuts for just 2.
At this stage Morecambe were reeling but Lewis Edge (18) struck two maximums of his own and ran well between the wickets with Dixon.
When Edge was bowled by Liam Moffat, Dixon found a partner in his former Heysham teammate Ryan Pearson (28 not out) and the pair took on the Lancaster bowling both striking maximums of their own off the bowling of Dylan Conroy.
The visitors’ up and down innings was soon however complete as Dixon was run out to a superb direct hit for 29 before Yakub Bhamji had some fun of his own in the last over taking Morecambe to a competitive 87.
Lancaster’s reply got off to the worst possible start as Adam Derham ran out professional Michael Barry without facing a ball with a superb direct hit and Jamie Heywood (four), Charlie Swarbrick (three) and Danny Welbourne (four) were soon to follow as Morecambe began to run riot.
And when Conroy drove straight to mid-off for a duck Lancaster were reeling at 15-5 and only own result seemed possible.
However Perriman (41) and Ian Burstow (22) calmly and without alarm piled on the runs and helped themselves to some more than helpful change bowling from their local rivals as they guided Lancaster to a big derby win.
The teams will play the reverse fixture at Woodhill Lane on Tuesday night.