Morecambe end season with Barrow defeat

Kelly Smuts signed off with 46 for Morecambe against Barrow.
Kelly Smuts signed off with 46 for Morecambe against Barrow.

Morecambe signed off their 2014 Northern League campaign in defeat in a high-scoring encounter at Barrow’s Earnest Pass ground.

Woodhill Lane professional Kelly Smuts signed off with a well made 46 as his side fell short of Barrow’s mammoth 256.

Morecambe were again much changed with Josh Dixon standing in as skipper with Tommy Clough struggling with illness.

Having won the toss Dixon decided to bowl with Barrow opening pair Dean Williams (20) and Greg Reynolds (28) making a solid start.

The score had moved to 48 when Smuts removed Williams before 12 runs later Yakub Bhamji struck to remove Reynolds and sub-pro Rugved Insulkar in the same over.

At 60-2 Morecambe had a foothold in the game but Cumberland’s Ryan Brown (35) and Sam Dutton (53) had other ideas and powerfully took Barrow to 135 before Adam Derham removed Brown.

With Bhamji struggling with a knee injury Dixon turned to his younger bowlers, 15-year-old Lewis Smith (2-16) fairing best.

Barrow however ultimately batted Morecambe out of the game as they finished on 256-9.

With nothing to lose Morecambe openers Jordan Willoughby and Dixon started positively before Barrow skipper Daryl Wearing trapped the latter in front.

Despite the setback Smuts was keen to sign off in style and looked in imperious form alongside Willoughby who was keen to also leave his mark.

The pair took the score from 19-1 to 109-2 with 30 overs remaining and Morecambe were beginning to believe before Barrow match winner Gary Collins (6-62) removed Smuts.

Smuts’ demise signalled that of Morecambe as Willoughby was soon to follow for an excellent 43 with wickets falling at regular intervals.

Only Yakub Bhamji (38 not out) found scoring easy as Barrow ultimately brought the curtain down on Morecambe’s season when Phil Dennison was caught in the deep as they were bowled out for 194.

It all meant Morecambe finished a disappointing ninth in the Northern League table.