Barrow’s difficult season in the Northern Premier League continued last Saturday, as they fell to a seven-wicket defeat at home to fellow Cumbrians Penrith.

After winning the toss, Penrith put Barrow in to bat and quickly removed openers Justin Pringle and Ian Allington before the hosts recovered to 70-2 thanks to Sam Dixon and Dineth Thimodya.

However, the dismissal of Dixon for 23 trigged a collapse that saw Barrow slide 80-8, with Thimodya (25) being the last of those six wickets to fall in quick succession.

Matthew Adams’ 26 helped recover things slight, but Barrow were still bowled out for just 121, as Penrith’s Jonathan Osborne claimed brilliant figures of 5-18.

Captain Glenn Kermode gave the home side some hope by removing Greg Cameron (7) and Owen Jones (three-ball duck) to leave the visitors 58-3, but an unbroken partnership between Zack Reekie (51*) and Greg Hall (36*) eased them to victory.

In Division Two of the Cumbria Cricket League, Millom 2nd XI won a very low-scoring affair at Dalton 2nd XI by three wickets.

Kevin Edwards made 34 as Dalton were skittled for just 64, with Dec Tyson taking 5-23, but Millom were made to work hard to chase that down, collapsing from 54-2 to 60-7 before eventually limping over the line.

Skipper Roy Carton’s 67 in Haverigg 2nd XI’s 165-3 proved to be in vain as 53 from Lee Cruden and 49 from Vickram Balakrishnan allowed Egremont 2nd XI to chase their hosts down with seven wickets in hand.

Only two batsmen reached double figures as Ulverston 2nd XI were bowled out for 67 in their seven-wicket defeat against leaders Whitehaven 2nd XI, for whom Matthew Harrison and Luke Blaney both took three wickets.