Morecambe’s inconsistent start to the season continued on Saturday as they were beaten at the death in a game they seemed to be in control of throughout.
Barrow pulled an ace out of the pack in employing the services of ex-England international bowler Amjad Khan, now playing for Sussex, to deputise as professional for the day.
Losing the toss Morecambe were put in to bat and Mark Woodhead and Josh Dixon put on 46 before the former was dismissed for 27.
This brought professional Vishal Tripathi to the wicket and the pair both reached 50 in the same over as an ominous total looked likely.
Dixon, who looks an improved player from last season as he begins to show he has found his feet at this level, dominated before top edging for a fine 80.
Tripathi’s 71 was equally as entertaining and with Pedder promoted up the order to accelerate the run scoring the innings closed on 218-3.
Barrow’s innings started badly with the early loss of Dutton, caught at slip by Woodhead off Jono Gates but the visitors soon settled, Cumbria’s Ryan Brown making 50. But Morecambe managed to get the required run rate up to eight an over and the game now rested on Barrow’s sub professional Khan.
To say he disappointed with the ball would be unfair on the Morecambe batsmen, but he more than made up for it with the bat in his hand.
He was happy to take whatever runs were on offer early in his innings, but importantly gave two early chances in four balls.
Edge changed his bowlers to find a breakthrough but alas it never came and the brutal Khan finished the game with eight balls to spare with a 54-ball innings of 80, including 13 boundaries, hit with increasing power and distance.
*Morecambe wore lack arm bands on Saturday in respect of their former captain and record run score Graham Fisher, who passed away recently.