Brilliant Bhamji buries Barrow

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Morecambe defeated Northern League leaders Barrow at a sun drenched Ernest Pass to claim a well deserved and much needed 15 points.

Batting first, Morecambe got off to a shaky start as Mark Woodhead (1) was bowled by Barrow’s Australian professional Johnathan Wells and Ryan Pearson (1) was to follow soon after caught behind off the bowling of home skipper Daryl Wearing.

Vishal Tripathi and Josh Dixon then batted carefully and sensibly to take the score forward, although Tripathi was to fall to the excellent Wells, who trapped him leg before for a well crafted 20.

The score soon became 54-4 as Lewis Edge was brilliantly bowled by Patrick Allington before Tom Barnfield (23) combined with Dixon to take the score onto 93 before Gary Collins removed Barnfield and Clough in quick succession.

However, Dixon (48), enabled Morecambe to reach an extremely competitive total of 139-9 on a wicket which as the day went on offered significant amounts of movement for the bowlers.

Morecambe came out of the blocks quickly as Reg Cupit removed Wells first ball, and his fellow opening partner Sam Dutton was to fall soon after to Tommy Clough, well caught at the wicket by Edge.

Barrow’s Ryan Brown then raced to 25, with this Morecambe brought in former Lancashire Under 19s star Yakub Bhamji (seven for 26) into the attack and within an instant he trapped Brown leg before, and clean bowled his replacement at the crease Greg Reynolds for a first ball duck.

Bhamji then claimed the wicket of Nicky Burns (24), and his third of the afternoon, before Jake Smith (one for 16) trapped Dean Williams leg before, leaving Barrow on 81-7.

Bhamji then removed Daryl Wearing leg before and Rhys Studt to a brilliant catch by Pearson in the deep, before finally removing Gary Collins courtesy of a neat catch by Tommy Clough in the gully.