CAPTAIN Toby Mowat and professional Grant Roelofsen laid the groundwork with the bat as Barrow claimed a big victory over leaders Netherfield in Northern League Division One.

The visitors were put into bat and, despite losing opener Robin Adams for six early on, never looked troubled by the home bowlers.

Mowat and Roelofsen put on 137 for the second wicket, before the latter fell for 87 from just 91 balls – hitting 11 fours and two sixes.

Mowat fell soon after for 51 – compiled without the benefit of a single boundary, from 115 balls – but Ryan Gilmour and Greg Reynolds ensured the platform built for them was not wasted.

They added 61 for the fourth wicket before Reynolds was dismissed for 29 from only 27 balls, with Gilmour ending unbeaten on 33 in a 50-over total of 223 for 4.

Barrow made the perfect start with the ball as Mowat claimed the first of his three wickets, having opener Josh Dixon caught by Daryl Wearing for two.

Ben Barrow followed lbw for 20, and only John Boyle – with a top-scoring 95 before he was run-out – offered any resistance to the visiting bowlers.

Mowat ended with figures of 3 for 44 from eight overs, and Reynolds, Gilmour and Gary Collins each took two wickets apiece as the table-toppers were dismissed for 161 in the 43rd over.

The result was only a second defeat of the campaign for Netherfield, who still lead the standings by nine points from Blackpool, and a first when they have been chasing down a target.