Morecambe bounce back with big Barrow win

Morecambe professional Suraj Randiv on his way to 86 against Barrow. Picture: Tony North
Morecambe professional Suraj Randiv on his way to 86 against Barrow. Picture: Tony North
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Morecambe bounced back from their first defeat of the season with a 47-run victory over a well-fancied Barrow side on Saturday.

A fine all-round performance from Sri-Lankan professional Suraj Randiv set up victory for the Woodhill Lane outfit as he scored his maiden half century for the club and went on to take crucial wickets with the ball.

Winning his first toss of the season skipper Josh Dixon stuck with the formula which has benefitted his side this season and asked for first look on a used but fairly flat Woodhill Lane pitch.

However, it was to be an interesting start with Morecambe losing Mark Woodhead to an achilles injury in the second over followed by Josh Dixon leg before wicket to Barrow skipper Daryl Wearing in the fourth.

Cue Morecambe’s man of the match Randiv (86) who combined with Ryan Pearson (15) to move Morecambe forward after their wobbly start.

However, through Wearing and new recruit Steven Boyd Barrow piled on the pressure an ultimately accounted for Pearson and then Lewis Edge cheaply.

Phil Dennison couldn’t recreate the magic of previous weeks as he and Gareth Pedder fell caught at the wicket by Chris D’Leny.

With Randiv unbeaten on 55, Morecambe were in deep trouble when Eddy Read fell to Gary Collins and Barrow professional Tharanga Paranavitana accounted for the returning Woodhead.

With Barrow well on top Morecambe looked to former skipper Tommy Clough (20 not out) who used his experience to combine with Randiv and take the hosts towards a competitive total.

The pair took Morecambe from 86-7 to 123-8 before Randiv fell bowled by the returning Boyd.

Clough alongside Jamie Cassidy ensured Morecambe reached 139-8, below-par on what was a decent pitch but a score to bowl at none the less.

Frustrated by last week’s result Read (4-31) was out to prove a point and in no time flew out of the blocks removing Dean Williams (5) and last week’s centurion Toby Mowat (0) in quick succession.

Despite having Cumberland star Sam Dutton dropped first ball Read returned to trap him in front for just 11.

Barrow were rocking at 24-3 and Read had a more than able partner in Cassidy who was unfortunate not to collect a wicket of his own.

However, with Barrow professional Tharanga Paranavitana beginning to settle skipper Dixon turned to Randiv to pile on the pressure.

That pressure told as Read well into his first spell trapped Paranavitana (18) on the crease to send his team into raptures.

D’Leny (15) provided some resistance for Barrow but it was to be the spin combination of Randiv (3-19) and Clough (2-12) who continued to turn the game Morecambe’s way.

When Clough accounted for D’Leny and Hunter in quick succession the pressure again told as Dixon ran out skipper Wearing and Randiv accounted for Collins to claim Morecambe another well-earned 15 points.