Morecambe hang on for losing draw against Barrow

Ikram Ullah hits a boundary for Morecambe against Barrow. Picture: Tony North
Ikram Ullah hits a boundary for Morecambe against Barrow. Picture: Tony North

Morecambe hung on for a losing draw against Barrow at Woodhill Lane on Saturday.

Professional Kelly Smuts took four wickets and Yakub Bhamji three as the hosts restricted Barrow to 208-9 from their 50 overs with Sam Dutton the mainstay of the innings with a well-paced 86.

It was a total that Morecambe were more than content to chase but having struggled with the bat for large parts of the season the chase petered out.

Ikram Ullah (35), Smuts (19), Ryan Pearson (31) and Lewis Edge (31) all made starts but the innings fell away and it was left to James Law (28 not out) and number 11 Jono Gates to survive the final overs.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat with Smuts bowling Barrow professional Kaustubh Pawar for just two.

Dutton however got the innings moving in a composed knock that included 10 fours.

The Barrow innings threatened to ignite on several occasions but good bowling from Smuts (4-62), Bhamji (3-51) and Jono Gates (2-39) kept the visitors in check.

Graham Dawson (30), Dean Williams (26) and Ryan Gilmour (22 not out) ensured the visitors posted a good total however.

In reply, Morecambe lost Josh Dixon (1) clean bowled by the pacy Dawson (4-49) but Smuts and Ullah got the innings moving.

Ullah’s 35 came from just 31 balls as the hosts went on the offensive but 55-1 soon become 58-3 as both fell softly to Dawson.

Pearson and Edge began the rebuild and took the score to 98-3 at the halfway stage but two more quick wickets, with Edge departing quickly followed by Jordan Willoughby put a check on the Morecambe progress.

And when Pearson went in the 38th over as Gary Collins’ (2-30) second victim the hosts were looking to the draw at 135-6.

What looked like a fairly solid position for a share of the spoils quickly became precarious however as Ryan Gilmour (2-31) removed skipper Yakub Bhamji (10) and Tommy Clough (8) before Dawson made Ayush Sharma his fourth victim.

With the score 168-9 in the 47th Barrow sensed victory. Gates came under a barrage in the closing stages, surviving a hostile penultimate over from Dawson which saw Barrow place eight fielders around the bat.

It was then left to Law at the other end to negotiate the final over from visiting skipper Daryl Wearing as Morecambe were left to rue another disappointing batting display.