KENDAL were inspired to a big win over Penrith following Rongsen Jonathan’s undefeated first innings knock of 118 off 110 balls.

The former Morecambe Professional was in relentless form where he posted 6 fours and 7 sixes after Kendal closed on an imposing total of 221-8 off 50 overs.

With so many runs on the board, Kendal ripped through the visitors who were bowled out for 88 off 35.3 where Chris Miller returned figures of 4-37.

Kendal who won the toss and elected to bat made a steady start after both Darren Nightingale and Joseph Dodd’s posted a first wicket stand of 28.

Kendal soon found themselves in trouble after Nightingale picked out James Bowman off the bowling of Dylan Simpson before both Joseph Dodds and Chris Miller also departed, with Dodd’s trapped LBW by Jamie Ellis while Miller picked out Bowman off Bruce Glendenning’s delivery.

Rongsen Jonathan and Oliver Tyson began the fight back for the home team who were under pressure on 57-3, as Kendal edged ahead onto 101.

Tyson who scored 16 off 42 balls became the next wicket to fall when was caught behind by Alistair Craig off the bowling of Glendinning, and after Oliver Killiner picked out Finlay Hansford from Greg Cameron’s delivery, Kendal were in trouble again at 112-5.

Rongsen Jonathan and Sam Fletcher seized control as they pulled the game away from Penrith where Fletcher who last season played for Windermere made a crucial contribution of 20 off 28 balls.

Penrith eventually broke the partnership after James Ellis bowled Fletcher before Harry Lee was run out after lasting just two balls.

Rongsen Jonathan made the Penrith bowlers toil with a clinical batting display after the Indian Professional continuously scored boundarys and sixes, and with the support of Paul Dodd’s 13 off 20 Kendal were closing in on a big score.

After the Club Professional reached his century, Paul Dodds became the next wicket to fall after he fell to James Bowman, while Kendal closed on 221-8 off 50 overs.

In response to this, Kendal ripped through Penriths top order after Kuldeep Singh bowled Alistair Craig, while Harry Lee trapped Ollie Greenwood LBW.

The Auld Greys continued to run riot after Nicky Burns was run out by Darren Nightingale before Chris Miller bowled Samuel Hall as Penrith toiled even further in trouble on 32-4.

Greg Cameron and James Bowman offered some resistance before Matthew Park picked up the wickets of Cameron and Finlay Hansford who was caught behind by Sam Fletcher.

Chris Miller finished with figures of 4-37 taking the wickets of James Bowman, Dylan Simpson and Jamie Ellis, and when Matthew Park saw off Richard Ellwood who picked out Killiner, Kendal celebrated as Penrith were bowled out for 88 off 33.5 overs.

Kendal travel to play Lancaster on Saturday.