Mixed weekend for Morecambe seconds

Morecambe's Adam Derham.
Morecambe's Adam Derham.
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Morecambe’s second team enjoyed a mixed weekend as they grabbed defeat out of the jaws of victory against Netherfield on Saturday before an excellent win over Barrow on Sunday.

In the first of the double header, Morecambe amassed a competitive total of 188 against Netherfield despite the early loss of Gulam Maje, with excellent contributions from youngsters Lewis Smith (48) and Adam Derham (35).

Matthew Derham’s 47 not out and 31 from Michael Fisher provided the impetus at the end of the innings.

The game seemed to be going Morecambe way’s as East and Jamie Cassidy then ripped through Netherfield’s top order.

The home side lost wickets steadily and still needed more than a 100 to win when the seventh wicket fell.

However excellent batting mixed with poor bowling saw Netherfield steam along and despite two further wickets Mike Dugdale hit 51 and number eleven Airey 23 to see Netherfield over the line in the last over.

The following day, Barrow took full advantage of being asked to bat first at Woodhill Lane on Sunday, opener Penny batting through the innings for 82 as the visitors nearly reached the 200 mark, finishing on 194-5.

In reply, Gareth Pedder led the response hitting 51 out of the first 61 runs before playing on for 61.

Debutant Sam Firth (37) and Fisher (32) then speeded up the scoring rate to bring victory in sight before both were dismissed by Nicholson in the same over putting the game back in the balance.

Cassidy, 17 not out, and Maje, 11 not out, saw Morecambe over the line with a couple of overs to spare as they finished on 195-5 to pick up 12 points.