STAND-IN skipper John Huck smashed a quick-fire half century as Netherfield once again dominated in the shortest form of the game by destroying Barrow with a 47-run victory.
Huck cleared the boundary rope four times, top-scoring with 54 in a total of 132-4, with opener Ben Barrow finishing unbeaten on 45.
In reply, only Kaustubh Pawar offered any resistance with 29 as Barrow failed to reach three figures, with slow left-armers Brad Earl and Tom Williamson doing the trick with three wickets apiece.
Netherfield’s control in the game was far from instant, with Ben Phillips falling to Barrow captain Daryl Wearing for two, caught at mid on by Toby Mowat.
Barrow proved the mainstay of the visitors’ innings and remained at the crease as Joe Atkinson and Sri Lankan professional Saliya Saman departed cheaply.
Atkinson was bowled by Pawar for eight while Saman also fell for a single-figure score, returning to the pavilion after holing out to Sam Dutton off Patrick Allington.
Huck and Barrow then combined to add 72 for Netherfield’s fourth-wicket, with Huck the main aggressor in a knock which contained three fours and four sixes.
With Huck the more dominant, Barrow’s innings was more sedate and provided a steady backbone with the opener hitting five boundaries despite predominantly dealing in ones and twos.
Huck was dismissed by Graham Dawson – who returned figures of 1-20 from four overs – after picking out Wearing at mid-on as Barrow finished unbeaten on 45, with Netherfield posting 132-4 from 20 overs.
Barrow reached 26 in the fifth over before debutant Stuart Dixon, making his maiden first-team appearance of the season, dismissed Dutton, caught behind by Huck, in his first over.
Graham Dawson struck a six off his first ball and added 27 alongside Pawar for the second wicket, before the former was bowled by Chambers for nine.
This departure signaled a flurry of wickets as Barrow’s final eight batsman added only 32 runs as Earl’s left-arm spin took centre stage with three wickets in two overs.
Earl accounted for Greg Reynolds Peter Deeks and Pawar en route to impressive figures of 3-18 from four overs, with Williamson then taking centre stage.
Williamson bowled Mowat before claiming the wickets of Wearing and Patrick Allington in the same over with Barrow eight wickets down and staring down the barrel of defeat.
Saman returned to bowl the 18th over and claimed the wicket of Josh Allington, caught by Earl for four, while victory was confirmed as Gary Collins was run out by Clarkson for two.
Williamson joined Earl in taking three wickets, posting figures of 3-15 from 3.5 overs while Saman and Chambers both took one wicket from three overs after conceding ten runs.