MORECAMBE registered their first win of the season with a dramatic three-run victory over Netherfield at Woodhill Lane on Saturday.
Home captain Lewis Edge lost the toss and his side were put into bat on a wicket with a slight green tinge.
The returning Mark Woodhead (23) resumed his opening partnership with Josh Dixon (13) and the pair made a solid start against the new ball before Dixon was the first to go, bowled by former Morecambe man Chris Williams (3-36).
This cued a miniature collapse from Morecambe and with professional Umar Amin (6) being bowled by visiting skipper John Mason (3-31) memories of the previous week at Preston came flooding back.
These were soon to be eradicated however as Gareth Pedder (30) kicked on before new recruit Tom Barnfield (33) alongside Ryan Pearson (26) added 59 for the seventh wicket helping to take Morecambe to a competitive total of 141.
In response Pedder struck early removing Marc Brown in the third over and Jono Gates (2-29) was soon to follow Pedder’s lead, removing Netherfield professional Cobus Pienaar.
This brought former Morecambe man Williams to the wicket and he took the Netherfield score forward and they looked well in command when he fell to Amin leg before wicket.
Shortly after with captain Mason (36) and wicketkeeper John Huck (33) at the crease Netherfield were 126-4 and seemed to be cruising to a 12-point victory.
Amin was however not finished and he removed Mason followed by two further wickets with the scoreboard still showing 126.
The Morecambe professional bowled with superb control and seamed the ball both ways, clean bowling Barrow and exposing the tail.
Still in the driving seat Netherfield froze and Rafferty ran out Hadwin before Amin claimed the final wicket and an extremely unlikely victory was complete, the Pakistani international finishing with figures of 6-24.
Edge’s side will be hoping this win can springboard their season, starting with their visit to Carnforth next week.