OPENER Ben Barrow hit his maiden century for Netherfield as the Parkside Road outfit earned the bragging rights of the town in a comprehensive victory over Kendal.

The impressive Barrow hit an unbeaten 104 off 144 balls to help Field post a sizeable 248-4 off their 50 allotted overs before opening bowler Mark Clarkson took a five wicket haul as Kendal were dismissed 102 runs short of the total.

The away side won the toss and put Netherfield into bat as captain Stu Parkin snared fellow skipper Marc Brown (9) lbw in the fourth over to give Kendal a decent start.

But that was about as good as it got for their bowlers as four decent partnerships, including 82 between Barrow and Tom Williamson, pushed Netherfield towards a commanding score.

That stand was finally broken in the 26th over as Williamson (31) was run out.

But Barrow, supported Sri Lankan pro Saliya Saman (42), big-hitting John Huck (45) and Ben Phillips (13 not out), continued to dominate the bowlers and smashed eight fours and two sixes on his way to a man of the match innings.

Saman was caught on the long-off boundary by Adam Cowperthwaite in the 41st over and Huck by wicket keeper Gary Baker after skying an attempted six five overs later.

Phillips added his knock of 13 off five balls to end Netherfield’s innings with an imposing total.

Barrow’s performance earned him the David Wheatman Trophy which was donated to the club by the mother of David Wheatman, a popular left-arm Netherfield bowler who died of cancer aged just 38 in 2004.

Parkin was the pick of Kendal’s bowlers taking 2-42 off his eight overs.
Kendal’s reply started in the worst possible manner as three wickets fell in the first six overs with Mark Clarkson being the main tormentor.

Darren Braithwaite (1) was first to find himself back in the pavilion before New Zealand professional Jamie How followed next ball for a golden duck.

Clarkson then took the scalp of the evergreen Terry Hunte (4) as he trapped him lbw leaving Kendal on 9-3.

Ryan Shepherd came to the crease and together with Darren Moore steadied the ship before the aforementioned Shepherd (37) was trapped by Phillips.

When Moore (40) was caught behind by Barrow off the bowling of Saman the match was all but over.

Baker (18) and Cowperthwaite (19) offered some resistance but Clarkson wrapped up the win by bowling Parkin with 12 overs still left to play.