KENDAL CC's Northern League status is hanging in the balance following their latest defeat to Morecambe at Shap Road.

Captain Chris Miller's impressive haul of 6-38 saw Morecambe, who secured their own survival with the win, limited to 105-9 in the first innings.

But Morecambe, helped by sup professional Tony Palladino's 4-28 in the second innings, made their way through the Kendal lineup with eight runs to spare to secure victory.

After winning the toss and electing to field, Kendal started well with Toby Tyson picking up the wickets of Mark Woodhead and Lewis Smith as the visitors were reduced to 12-2.

Woodhead was the first wicket to fall after the opener picked out Miller, before Smith played a tame effort into the hands of Ben Phillips.

Kendal continued to apply the pressure as Miller saw off Palladino and Adam Derham as Morecambe slumped onto 31-4. Palladino's powerful drive was well taken by Phillips while Derham was caught and bowled by the Kendal captain.

Morecambe battled their way onto 58 after Ryan Pearson and Luke Pearson put on a crucial fifth-wicket stand of 25 before Miller trapped Ryan Pearson LBW.

Miller then claimed the wickets of Edward Read, Tommy Clough and Luke Pearson before Jason Dawes bowled Jamie Cassidy as Morecambe finished their innings on 103-9 off 50 overs.

Kendal made a poor start in their reply as Ryan Shepherd picked out Cassidy off the bowling of Palladino before Zachary McCaskie was dismissed by Read after being caught behind by Damian Gudgeon.

The situation got worse as Kendal were reduced to 15-3 when Palladino bowled Paul Dodds. Phillips and Shane Hyland steadied the innings as Kendal pushed onto 27. However, Morecambe made the crucial breakthrough when Clough picked up the important wicket of Phillips who was caught by Morecambe skipper Ryan Pearson, while Palladino bowled Saeed Bariwala.

Shane Hyland, who battled away gamely for 11 off 52 balls, was the next to depart as the wicketkeeper was caught and bowled by Clough as Kendal fell onto 40-6, and Joseph Dodds was then run out by Ryan Pearson.

Edward Price batted well as he and Jason Dawes edged Kendal closer to victory, but Morecambe battled back as Jason Dawes picked out Ryan Pearson off the bowling of Read.

Once Dawes had been dismissed, Palladino claimed his fourth wicket to see off Chris Miller as Kendal were on 87-9.

Edward Price, who top scored with 37 off 85, edged Kendal closer, however, with 8 runs required Morecambe picked up the win after Price was run out by Read, with Kendal were all out for 97.

Kendal need to defeat Preston on the final day and hope that Barrow lose to Morecambe. If Barrow win Kendal will finish in the bottom two regardless of the result at Shap Road. Bottom club Lancaster could also stay up but they have to win and hope both Kendal and Barrow lose.