Hat-trick gives Morecambe knockout blow

Morecambe opener Josh Dixon.
Morecambe opener Josh Dixon.
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Morecambe bounced back from Saturday’s defeat to Barrow with a comfortable 50-run victory at Fulwood and Broughton in the ECB National Knockout

Batting first Morecambe openers Josh Dixon and Suman Shrestha looked to punish any poor offerings and the score raced to 60 in the first 10 overs.

The pair looked at ease at the crease and both found the boundary with regularity as the Fulwood bowlers tried to exploit the little seam movement on offer.

All seemed well until Rosstir seamed one back down the slope to clean bowl Dixon for a well-made 27.

Ryan Pearson carried on where Dixon left off however and Shrestha (21) was next to go looking to force a short ball through the leg side.

Skipper Lewis Edge combined with Pearson and both looked in good touch before first Jackson and secondly Patel struck to leave the game in the balance at 128-4.

Morecambe continued to lose wickets at regular intervals however Reg Cupit (13), Kallum Ahmed (12) and Tommy Clough (10) chipped in enabling Morecambe to 
reach a competitive 180 all out.

Fulwood’s reply started poorly, Smith going first ball to Tommy Clough with Fitch following soon after caught behind off the bowling of Yakub Bhamji.

Morecambe sensed an opportunity however Patel had other ideas, making 71 in just 37 balls he hit the ball to all corners of the ground.

He looked to be taking the game away from the visitors before Clough managed to sneak one through the gate to claim a vital wicket.

Fulwood crumbled with Ayush Sharma claiming a hat trick to pick up the last three wickets in successive balls, two bowled and the final leg before wicket to round off a superb win.

Morecambe face Kendal at Shap Road in the next round.

In the Northern League on Saturday, England and Sussex star Amjad Khan was the star as Barrow beat Morecambe.

Half centuries from Josh Dixon (80) and and professional Vishal Tripathi (71) took Morecambe to 218-3 from there 50 overs.

Lewis Edge’s side seemed to have things under control until Khan, acting as sub professional, smashed 80 off 54 balls.

Cumberland’s Ryan Brown scored 50 as Barrow ran out winners with eight balls to spare.