Morecambe hold nerve for final over victory

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The statistics will show Morecambe beat Netherfield with just two balls to spare but in reality it was a far better performance than that in a game which the home side controlled.

Professional Vishal Tripathi took three wickets as the visitors to Woodhill Lane posted 165-5, South African professional Colin Ackermann scoring 66.

In reply, Mark Woodhead, Suman Shrestha, Ryan Pearson and Triphathi all made contributions with the bat as the home side held their nerve to secure a six-wicket win in the final over.

Asked to bowl first Morecambe got off to a fine start with Yakub Bhamji and Gareth Pedder (one for 27) both bowling excellent opening spells to reduce Netherfield to 18-2, aided by some excellent work in the field from Tom Barnfield, who ran out Craig Walmsley with a direct hit.

Ackermann then set about repairing the early damage with Cumberland star John Huck and the pair took the score to 93 before Huck offered a sharp return catch to Tripathi (three for 37).

Morecambe’s good standards in the field were there throughout the innings which culminated with Josh Dixon hanging on to a fine catch to dismiss Ackermann.

Cameos from skipper Marc Brown and Chris Parry took the visitors score to a total well within Morecambe’s grasp.

The home side’s reply started steadily as the openers kept up with the run rate until Dixon (15) was adjudged leg before for a fluent 15.

Tripathi (36) then started in typically aggressive style as he tried to dominate the bowlers who were sticking to their task well but his attacking instincts eventually brought about his downfall as he was trapped in front by Ackermann whose off spin was keeping Morecambe in check.

Shrestha (26) and Pearson continued to progress Morecambe’s total as the pair ran well between the wickets and found the occasional boundary.

When Shrestha departed 25 were still needed from six overs and Barnfield (11 not out) proved the perfect foil for Pearson (30 not out) as the two of them were the calmest men on the ground, guiding Morecambe to victory, finishing on 166-4.