MORECAMBE succumbed to their second league defeat in a row as they were soundly beaten by seven wickets against cross bay rivals Barrow.
After the Barrow square was under three inches of water overnight, Morecambe skipper Mark Woodhead lost an important toss and was invited to bat first on a lively green pitch.
The visitors struggled to 52-6, with Ikram Ullah’s 24 the only telling contribution. Phil Dennison and Tommy Clough repaired the innings with a fighting stand of 64.
Both batsmen showed graft and determination to hang around before opening their shoulders with some blazing drives.
Clough was eventually caught by Malan off Graham Dawson for 31. Dennison fell with the last ball of the innings stumped by Tom Milligan off Livingstone for an invaluable 48 ably supported by the returning Reg Cupit who made 14 not out taking Morecambe’s final total to a respectable 153 given the poor start.
Daryl Wearing bowled superbly in favourable conditions for the home side taking 3-39 with Dawson and Malan both backing up his efforts taking two wickets apiece.
Morecambe pro Anwar Ali took two early wickets to give Morecambe hope, capturing Barrow’s prolific professional Pieter Malan leg before for three and proving too quick for Rob Lightfoot, clean bowling him for 12.
Barrow’s young all-rounder and captain Liam Livingstone then began re-build the innings in a match-winning stand of 114 with Robin Adams.
The 17-year-old all-rounder, who also represents the county, batted superbly on a drying pitch.
He spearheaded his side’s successful run chase with shots all round the wicket where those before him had struggled.
It wasn’t a faultless knock, as Morecambe had three very confident shouts for leg before all turned down.
They were then denied a run out decision that even had the batsmen shocked, and that appeared to knock the stuffing out of the visitors.
Adams was eventually out, superbly caught behind by Ullah off Chris Williams. It was an invaluable 25 off 77 balls as he played a supporting role to Livingstone’s eye-catching strokeplay, but was worth so much more given the context of the game.
Livingstone led his team to victory having faced 109 balls, hitting 17 fours and one six in a superb batting display.
Barrow should also be applauded for their sportsmanship too. Morecambe only fielded ten players in the game as wicketkeeper Lewis Edge had to withdraw just before the start due to his partner going into labour.
Barrow provided the visitors the use of a substitute fielder throughout their innings.
Northern Premier League