Ben Barrow’s second innings knock of 106 guided Netherfield to a battling four-wicket win at Lancaster.

Barrow, who batted throughout the second innings, was in relentless form as Netherfield knocked off Lancaster’s first innings total of 179 after they finished on 180-6 off 49.1 overs.

Former Sedgley Park captain Ritchie Forsyth also impressed on debut for Netherfield after he returned first-innings figures of 5-28, while Matt Jackson weighed in with figures of 3-25.

Netherfield, who bowled first, saw Jackson make the early breakthrough after he dismissed Lewis McGinley who picked out Forsyth in the field.

The field continued to dictate the early stages of the game, with Isaac Medhurst seeing off Laurie Atkinson who was caught by Lewis Richardson.

Steven Fisher’s top score of 52 saw Lancaster regain some ascendancy, while Ali Azmat’s 34 frustrated Barrow’s team.

Forsyth put Netherfield back in control of the first innings, when he returned figures of 5-28 dismissing Fisher, Azmat, Andrew Chubb, Surath Bastola and Ben Simm.

Netherfield wicket-keeper Finlay Richardson played a key part to the first innings as he picked up four catches and two stumpings from behind the wickets.

Indian professional Shrikant Munde closed with figures of 1-55, Isaac Medhurst took 1-18, while Jackson weighed in with 3-25.

Netherfield had to dig in during the second innings after they battled through a strong Lancaster attack.

Josh Dixon fell for 10 after being stumped by Steven Fisher off Ben Simm's delivery, while Azmat trapped Mundhe and Forsyth LBW.

Simm caused further problems for Netherfield after he dismissed Brad Earl and Finlay Richardson.

However, Netherfield always stayed in the second innings following contributions of 14 by Forsyth before a crucial knock of 23 by James Bowman, who formed a resistant partnership with Barrow as the Field began to see the victory target.

Lancaster did offer a late fightback when Irfan Qayyam bowled Bowman; however, Barrow’s undefeated 106 and Lewis Richardson’s undefeated five saw Netherfield over the line, closing on 180-6 off 49.1 overs.

Netherfield host Fleetwood on Saturday before hosting Fulwood and Broughton on Sunday in the 40-over cup.