Second heavy defeat on dismal bank holiday weekend for Morecambe

Morecambe's South African professional Kelly Smuts.
Morecambe's South African professional Kelly Smuts.

Morecambe slumped to their second heavy defeat in as many games on Monday at the hands of Kendal at Shap Road.

The Woodhill Lane side collapsed to 67 all out, ultimately falling to defeat by seven wickets, to cap off a dismal bank holiday weekend of fixtures for the club’s premier side.

Losing the toss Morecambe were asked to bat at Kendal on a pitch used the previous day for a minor counties fixture between Cumberland and Northumberland.

Kendal as Darwen had on Saturday flew out of the blocks and the going was tough for Tommy Clough’s side.

Josh Dixon (20) dug in but was however to see James Law (4) and professional Kelly Smuts (5) fall to soft dismissals at the hands of Chris Miller (4-27).

Alongside Ryan Pearson (11), Dixon and Morecambe looked to move forward taking the score on to 40 before Dixon was to fall leg before to Nick Lewthwaite.

Dixon’s wicket almost signalled Morecambe’s demise as Willoughby (2), Edge (0), Dennison (0) and ultimately Pearson (11) saw four Morecambe wickets fall for a miserly seven runs.

It was a simply unforgivable display of batting placing Morecambe in a no win situation.

Clough and Ayush Sharma battled hard to ensure Morecambe batted out the majority of the overs but the visitors finished on a dismal total of 67 all out.

Kendal’s response started quickly as Darren Moore (23) and Ben Harrison (24) looked to make serious inroads into the Morecambe total early on.

Morecambe could only hope to take two or three wickets with them, and that they did as Lewis Edge stumped Moore of the bowling of Clough (2-21) and Darren Braithwaite went for just a single.

Smuts bowled superbly picking up the wicket of Harrison however it was left to Kendal professional Jamie How to finish the game and ultimately complete Morecambe’s dismal bank holiday weekend.