Match Report Morecambe V Fleetwood

For their first game of the 2014 campaign, Matt Clarke and his Merry Men travelled to Woodhill Lane to take on Morecambe who had former Leyland star Brett Pelser as their pro for the day.
First blood of the day went to Fleetwood, when skipper Clarke won the toss and took the positive step of batting first.
Openers Dean Bell and Adam Parker were given a torrid time by South African Pelser who snapped up Bell ( 11 ) caught at slip with the score on 21. Naveed Yousaf followed 3 balls later to give Morecambe an early advantage, Fleetwood 21 for 2.
#4 Joe Bell ( 9 ) fell to the nagging accuracy of Jono Gates ( 50 for 3 ), which brought South African pro JP de Villiers to the crease for his Fleetwood debut. He showed his intent from the off striking his second ball for 4 and followed that next ball with a big straight 6, which set the tone for his 57 ball innings of 63.
When Parker became Pelser's 3rd victim on 26, Fleetwood were tottering at 66 for 4 and when new recruit Michael Moore (2) fell lbw to the Morecambe pro, the visitors were struggling on 78 for 5.
The evergreen Michael Clinning batting at #7 joined the pro and these 2 steadied the ship for a while taking the score to 127 when JP was out caught at long on of the spin of skipper Tommy Clough for 63.
Chris "The Beast" Stanhope came and went for a brisk 14 ( 2 x 6s ) followed by Clicker adjudged lbw for 23 and Fleetwood were 156 for 8.
Skipper Matt Clarke and all rounder Jimmy Wilson then took the game by the scruff of the neck launching a ferocious attack on the Morecambe bowlers. Clarke smashed 50 not out including 4 enormous 6s from just 35 balls ably assisted by Wilson's 28 not out ( 1 x6 & 3 x4s ). These 2 added an incredible 79 in under 10 overs to give the visitors an impressive total of 235 for 8 off their allotted overs. Pro Pelser finished with 4 for 50 off 19 overs and skipper Clough 2 for 47 off 7.
In reply, Dixon & Law were subjected to some seriously fast and hostile bowling from pro JP de Villiersand Law ( 10 ) inevitably became the Fleetwood pro's first victim, caught behind by keeper Lee Jones. The first of many I feel.
Dixon was next to depart, caught by " The Beast " off de Villiers for 13 and Morecambe were 28 for 2. Pro Pelser and Lewis Edge then added 39 for the 3rd wicket before Edge ( 20 ) was bowled by wily off spinner Clinning.
Aussie amateur Jordan Willoughby was 4th man out, lbw to Yousaf , which brought Ryan Pearson to the middle to join the Morecambe pro.
These 2batted well together until pace man de Villiers back for his second spell removed the main man

Pelser caught by Dean Bell at mid wicket attempting a pull shot ( 149 for 5 ).
This signalled the end of Morecambe's hopes of passing their target and when Pearson ( 42 ) became JP's 4th victim, caught at long leg by Dean Bell the game was destined for a draw.
Dennison and Derham batted out the remaining overs as Morecambe finished on 177 for 6.
JP finished with 4 for 47 off 17 overs to round off a very impressive debut.
Fleetwood 8 points, Morecambe 5. Well done Fleetwood, a good start. Bring on The Colts

 Paul Sherlock (Secretary)