A FRUITFUL partnership between Indian professional Kaustubh Pawar and Sam Dutton was not enough for Barrow as rain put paid to any chances of a victory with just one Kendal wicket still standing.

Stand in Kendal captain Jamie How won the toss and elected to bowl but Pawar’s and Dutton’s 183 third-wicket stand saw sixth-placed Barrow post a total of 272 off their 50 allotted overs.

In reply Kendal had reached 173 with the loss of nine wickets before rain came to the rescue in the 43rd over to give the home side a losing draw.

Pawar opened the batting with Dean Williams and made a steady start reaching 22 before Chris Miller caught Williams off the bowling of Marcus Hill in the seventh over.

Nick Lewthwaite took the wicket of Ryan Brown in the 18th which saw Dutton make his way to the crease.

Pawar showed his batting prowess hitting nine fours and four sixes on his way to 121 off 130 balls while Dutton made an impressive 80 off 73 balls as both stayed at the crease until the 40th over.

Miller (2-89) took his second wicket as Dutton was caught by Kendal pro Jamie How before Pawar followed him back to the pavilion four overs later.

Michael Wellings stayed until the end and hit an impressive 32 off 34 deliveries.

Hill took the remaining wickets of Greg Reynolds and Lee Hogg as Barrow posted their impressive total.

In reply openers Darren Braithwaite and Richard Herron made 22 off eight over before the latter was bowled by Pawar.

New Zealand pro How (25) came to the crease and with Braithwaite edged Kendal closer to the target reaching 93 before How was bowled by Greg Reynolds.

Braithwaite (67) was next to go before the game was turned on its head by Reynolds who took the wickets of Terry Hunte (16) and Ryan Shepherd (3) in a double wicket maiden in the 29th over leaving Kendal on 127-5.

Ryan Gilmour picked up the wickets of tailenders Darren Nightingale, Miller and Nick Lewthwaite as Barrow smelt a victory.

Rain began to fall in the 43rd over and the covers were on. Players did not return to the pitch and Kendal picked up four points - one for a losing draw and three bonus points.