NETHERFIELD Cricket Club climbed 24 points clear at the top of Northern Premier League after a dominant 187-run victory over Lancaster at Parkside Road.

Ben Barrow's first innings knock of 86 off 110 balls and Obus Pienaar's 68 off 75 saw Netherfield post 235 before Nathan Chambers ripped through with a return of 5-27, leaving Lancaster all out in reply for 48 off 20.4 overs.

Netherfield batted first, but it was a poor start as Josh Dixon was trapped LBW early on by Liam Moffat.

However, Barrow and Tom Williamson pushed the score onto 59, with Williamson impressing after posting a good knock of 28 off 35 deliveries.

Williamson’s innings came to an end after picking out Jamie Heywood off the bowling of Ben Simm.

Barrow and Pienaar pulled the game away from the visitors with an imposing third-wicket stand of 115 as Netherfield raced onto 174.

Lancaster broke the partnership when Barrow, who hit 10 fours and a six, was run out.

Netherfield ran into some trouble though, as the last seven batsmen scored just 15 runs. The problems began when Kasun Madasanka picked up three quick wickets to dismiss John Huck, Pienaar and Lewis Edge.

Lancaster piled on the pressure as Simm trapped Brad Earl LBW before collecting the wicket of Daniel Ingham, who picked out Ian Perrieman. The wickets continued to fall as Mark Clarkson was bowled by Madasanka.

Netherfield were all out when Chambers was bowled by Madasanka, who returned figures of 5-54.

In reply, Netherfield made a great start when Danny Welbourne picked out Huck off the bowling of Chambers, before Chambers picked up his second wicket when Charlie Swarbrick was caught by Clarkson.

Clarkson trapped Jamie Heywood LBW while Lancaster toiled onto 12-3, before Chambers completed his five-wicket haul by removing Kieran Moffat, Madasanka and Ian Perrieman, as the visitors collapsed onto 35-6.

Ingham, brought into the attack, picked up the wicket of Simm, who was caught by Clarkson, before the New Zealander bowled Paul Dawson.

Marc Hadwin claimed his first wicket to see off Reuben Orr who was caught behind by Edge, before Ingham completed his return of 3-12 by bowling Scott Sparks as Lancaster were all out, having fallen a long way short of their target.

Netherfield travel to Fleetwood on Saturday before they play in the T20 final at Penrith on Sunday where they face Blackpool at 1pm.