Morecambe skipper’s delight at back-to-back victories

Morecambe professional Vishal Tripathi in action against Blackpool.
Morecambe professional Vishal Tripathi in action against Blackpool.

Morecambe skipper Lewis Edge was delighted to see his side make it back-to-back wins on Saturday with a comprehensive victory against Blackpool.

The four-wicket win at Stanley Park moved the Woodhill Lane outfit upto fourth in the Northern League table.

Gareth Pedder and Reg Cupit both took three wickets as the hosts were restricted to 152-8.

And in reply, contributions throughout the side helped Morecambe seal the win with 10 overs to spare.

Edge said: “It was a super performance again from the lads.

“We came out hard at Blackpool in the first 15 overs of their innings and continued that pressure throughout the duration of the game.

“I’ve got to give credit to our bowlers, Gazz Pedder bowled superbly and we must take this form forward into next week.

“A run of results could really get us in the mix.”

Losing the toss Morecambe were asked to bowl first and came out all guns blazing with Pedder bowling particularly beautifully, collecting the wickets of both Blackpool openers John Mousney and Alex Smith leaving Blackpool in trouble at 22-2.

Yakub Bhamji backed Pedder up well from the other end but Morecambe were guilty of letting a couple of chances go as Paul Danson (52) was put down on a couple of occasions.

The home side looked to rebuild as Morecambe turned to spin and Danson and Stephen Twist (36) took the score onto 87-3.

Andy Furniss (24) looked to continue the good work of those before him in the face of some excellent bowling from Tommy Clough.

However a flurry of wickets which coincided with the introduction of Cupit ensured Blackpool never got away.

Blackpool, like visitors, flew out of the blocks with the ball and Ben Eckton broke Josh Dixon’s defences early on.

Vishal Tripathi, however, came out positively and seemed to be finding the boundary at will as he raced into the 30s before Steven Mercer tempted him into one shot too many.

Suman Shrestha again made a super contribution, scoring 27, and Ryan Pearson (23) again batted well, looking a solid feature of the middle order.

Both fell but Edge (13 not out) and Pedder (15 not out) saw Morecambe home well inside their 50 allocated overs.