Toby Mowat’s excellent knock proved to be in vain, as Barrow were defeated by 33 runs at Leyland in the Northern Premier League last Saturday.

The home side won the toss and chose to bat and gave Barrow’s bowlers a tough time, despite losing opener Karl Cross early in proceedings.

Saif Badar crashed 85 off as many balls, while he was well supported by an unbeaten 67 from Nathan McDonnell in the middle order as Leyland posted a challenging 230-4 from their 50 overs.

Barrow put themselves in a decent position in reply, with Mowat making an impressive 68 off 73 deliveries and him getting support from Dineth Thimodya’s 36.

However, once they got through the visitors’ top order, Leyland seized control and once Patrick Allington was run out on 32, Barrow’s race was run, as they were bowled out for 197 in the 45th over, with Henry Thompson and Will Jacques both taking three wickets for the hosts.

In Division Two of the Cumbria Cricket League, Ulverston 2nd XI claimed a rare victory, as 49 not out from Carl Botterill helped them to chase down Millom 2nd XI’s 166 all out with five wickets in hand.

Stuart Todhunter finished unbeaten on 62, as Haverigg 2nd XI defeated Cleator 2nd XI, who had posted 154-3 with opener Raghavendra Kurkal 61 not out, by five wickets with one over to spare.

Ten-man Dalton 2nd XI had a poor day with the bat, as they were skittled for just 44 at Egremont 2nd XI, for whom Carl Jackson and Matthew Lancaster both took 4-20, before the hosts wrapped up a six-wicket win in just 17 overs.

Barrow 2nd XI were defeated by 73 runs at home to Whitehaven 2nd XI, as they could only manage 114-5 in reply to the visitors’ 187-8.