NETHERFIELD suffered an embarrassing collapse as they failed to chase down a target of 141 away to Morecambe.
Field were cruising on 120-5 after the 38th over when they lost five wickets for just 18 runs, finishing all out on 138.
This came after a good partnership of 64 from John Huck (33) and John Mason (36) threatened to give Netherfield all 12 points, having won the toss and deciding to bowl first. Mason was the first to
depart when caught by Gareth Pedder off V Amin, who claimed an impressive 6/24.
In a disastrous two-over spell in the 44th and 45th, Amin claimed two of his wickets, first bowling out Huck, then claiming Ben Barrow, who scored five.
Jono Gates then got in on the act for Morecambe, bowling Bradley Earl for a duck, before Marc Hadwin run himself out on his first ball, leaving tail-enders Stuart Dixon and Stuart Nixon with the
task of completing the runs challenge on 131-9, needing 11 to win. But they could only muster up seven runs before Amin took another wicket, keeper Lewis Edge catching.
Netherfield started the match well, restricting Morecambe to 33-1 by the 19th over. And things got better when Netherfield had the home side scrabbling on 46-5 by over 27.
But the home side’s middle order added runs to the scoresheet, Pedder scoring 30 before being bowled by Mason, Tom Barnfield posted 33 when he was run out by Huck, and Ryan Pearson with a knock of
26 when he was caught by Earl off Cobus Pienaar.
The 36th over proved particularly damaging, Netherfield conceding 14 runs when the home side struck three fours.
Mason and Chris Williams claimed 3/31 and 3/36 respectively.