Ex-Morecambe pro makes test debut against England

Bruce Martin, right of the two batsmen, in action for New Zealand against England.
Bruce Martin, right of the two batsmen, in action for New Zealand against England.

A former Morecambe Cricket Club professional had a test debut to remember against England last week.

New Zealand slow left arm bowler Bruce Martin took four wickets as Alastair Cook’s side were dismissed for 167 in the first innings of the opening test of the series between the two sides in Dunedin.

Bruce Martin.

Bruce Martin.

Martin, who spent the summer of 2008 at Woodhill Lane, then made 41 with the bat as The Kiwis made 460-9 declared to put themselves well in command of the match.

But an England revival in the second innings meant the game finished as a draw, with “Bucko”, as Martin is known, picking up a further wicket to make it five in the match.

Morecambe director of cricket Tommy Clough said: “He did pretty well for us.

“He got 58 wickets and nearly 500 runs and it was the season where we would have won the Northern League if we’d beaten Netherfield on the final day.

“He was a great bloke and was one of the most well liked pros we’ve ever had, not only by the players but also the members.

“He spent every minute down at the club.”