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Gritty win for Barrow

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Barrow extended their lead further at the top following an 81 run victory over title rivals Netherfield at Ernest Pass in the Furness Building Society Northern Cricket League.

The game against the two Cumbrian teams was one of only three matches that were played in Division 1 on what was a miserable rainy afternoon for the rest.

The hosts were asked to bat first, making a steady start with contributions from the top middle order as batsman Jon Miles hit a top scoring 48 off 49 balls.

There were also runs from Ryan Brown (25), Vaughn Van Jaarsveld (27), Liam Livingstone (27), and Captain Chris D'leny who ended unbeaten on 37.

A rain delay midway through the first innings held up play briefly but they came back out having lost six overs.

With the game then reduced to 46 overs, Barrow ended on 205 for eight, with Netherfield professional Cobus Pienaar taking 5-52.

Northern Netherfield Cobus Pienaar

Netherfield pro Cobus Pienaar took 5-52 in vain

In reply the hosts skittled out Netherfield for 124, thanks to steady bowling from Daryl Wearing and Gary Collins, Wearing returned with figures of 4-41. Collins also impressed with figures of 3-42

For Netherfield Ben Haddrick top scored with an unbeaten 37 off 64, with John Huck making 33 off 48.

Lancaster pulled off a shock eight wicket win over Leyland at Lune Road. New captain Ben Simm had overseen two consecutive wins since taking over from Damian Gudgeon as they also welcomed back Jamie Heywood who re-signed for them after leaving Kendal

The visitors were all out for a lowly total of 52, with Ben Simm returning figures of 5-25. Liam Moffatt also impressed with figures of 4-10.

With a low total to chase the hosts eased to victory losing just two wickets, reaching 53

At Shap Road , Jack White put in a career best performance of 8-15, as Kendal comprehensively defeated Chorley by seven wickets.

White who equaled the club record set by Jack Armstrong in 1977, put on a fantastic bowling display as he ripped through a struggling Chorley team that were dispatched for 55 in just 29 overs. Captain Chris Miller also returned figures of 2-24

In reply Kendal opened with Chris Miller and Graham Baker, and despite Miller going for 0, the top scoring 26 off 37 by Paul Dodds as well as the unbeaten 19 off 45 by Graham Baker eased the hosts home in 16.5 overs as they reached 56 for three.

For the rest of the games in the first division, they were all rained off without any play at all!