KENDAL failed to chase down a modest target of 138 against Morecambe to miss out on the opportunity to get back into the top four.

Umar Amin ripped into Kendal’s batting in the second innings to claim 7-33 as Morecambe beat Kendal by 25 runs at Shap Road.

The away side started the game steadily as former Kendal man Ikram Ullah (21) and Josh Dixon (14) put on a partnership of 32 before the former skied an effort to Terry Hunte.

A further 28 runs were added before Morecambe pro Amin was caught by Nick Phillips for 20 off Chris Miller.

But Kendal began to glean some joy after Morecambe were 60-2, restricting Tom Barnfield, Lewis Edge and Ryan Pearson to single figures as Morecambe were reduced to 84-6.

Chris Miller was solid during his 20 overs, claiming 3-46, but all the bowlers chipped in with wickets as Morecambe scored 138-8 off their 50 overs.

Kendal’s reply was unspectacular as they reached 25 without loss after 16 overs, but Amin claimed the first of his seven wickets when Graham Baker was caught for 14 by Barnfield to put the Westmorlanders on 32-1.

Wickets then began to fall regularly from over 22 as firstly Donovan Du Plessis was caught behind by Ullah for 14.

The only runs scored by Kendal pro Jamie How were in the 23rd over when he hit a spectacular six over to his leg side, but he was out next ball as he cut his shot to Pearson in the covers to leave Kendal 43-3.

Three overs later Nick Lewthwaite was bowled by Amin for one to leave the home side struggling on 44-4.

Terry Hunte could only add 11 runs when he was trapped LBW by Richard Cupit to leave them 60-5, and Kendal could only score another 14 runs for the loss of three wickets as their innings bordered on the precipice.

Jack White tried to get things moving for Kendal, scoring two wonderful maximums as he scored 28 off 34 balls.

But some awful communication between White and Miller got the Kendal captain run out for five, leaving them on 101-9.

Stu Parkin tried to get White on strike, but in the 46th over Amin notched up a seventh wicket as he bowled White middle stump to dismiss Kendal for 113.

The Shap Road side claimed two losing bonus points for their bowling.

Kendal’s Readers Cup tie with Morecambe was abandoned on Sunday due to an unfit pitch, and the match will now take place on August 4.

This weekend sees a crucial double-header as they travel to Leyland on Saturday before entertaining the Lancashire Cricket Board on Sunday.