THE usual suspects produced again as Kendal brushed aside Barrow to record a convincing eight-wicket victory, with skipper Stu Parkin and New Zealand professional Jamie How taking the plaudits.
How smacked a quick-fire 40 at the top of the innings, while 39 from Darren Moore and an unbeaten 29 from Terry Hunte guided Kendal home with five overs to spare.
Barrow were dismissed for 119 inside the final over as Parkin proved the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, as Chris Miller and an economical Nick Lewthwaite took two apiece.
After winning the toss and choosing to bowl first, Parkin struck in the third over to remove Indian professional Kaustubh Pawar, caught and bowled, for 12.
Sam Dutton – a centurion when the two teams met at Shap Road – was caught behind by Gary Baker to give Miller his first victim.
Graham Dawson added a quick-fire 19 before being dismissed by Darren Nightingale for a 10-ball 19, a knock which proved to be Barrow’s highest of the clash.
The home side’s skipper Daryl Wearing holed out to Parkin off Lewthwaite for eight, with Barrow 71-5 in the 12th over after Miller trapped Greg Reynolds in front, also for eight.
Lewthwaite, who finished with 2-11 from four overs, bowled Rhys Studt for 12 – one of six Barrow batsmen to reach double figures – as the hosts reached 91-6 with 30 balls remaining.
How’s off-spin then accounted for Peter Deeks, LBW for seven, as Adam Cowperthwaite returned to bowl Toby Mowat for three, before Barrow’s ninth wicket added the highest partnership of the innings.
Patrick Allington and Tom Penny added 25 before Parkin removed both in the final over to finish with 3-17 as the Shap Road club were set 120 for victory.
Kendal’s reply started in blistering fashion with How and fellow opener Moore putting the Barrow bowling to the sword, reaching 36-0 off the first four overs.
How and Moore advanced the score to 67 before the former was dismissed for 40, caught by Studt off the first ball of the seventh over, bowled by Reynolds.
How clobbered three fours while also clearing the boundary rope twice as the 33-year-old smashed a 22-ball 40 to set Kendal a firm foundation to chase down their target.
Runs continued to flow as the in-form Terry Hunte joined Moore at the crease, with the Shap Road club reaching 90-1 at the halfway stage.
Requiring 30 to win from ten overs with nine wickets in hand, the result was never in doubt despite Pawar’s right-arm medium pace dismissing Moore, bowled for 39.
This setback failed to de-rail the Kendal charge, with a Hunte boundary seeing his side home with five overs remaining, as the veteran batsman finished 29 not out.