Landmark century but captain Sinton happy to share spotlight

Laurelvale players enjoying Saturday's derby defeat of Millpark. Back row, from left, are John Haddock and Mohammed Ajmal. Front row, from left, are Daryl Henry, Christopher Webb and Babar Khan.INPT20-604AM
Laurelvale players enjoying Saturday's derby defeat of Millpark. Back row, from left, are John Haddock and Mohammed Ajmal. Front row, from left, are Daryl Henry, Christopher Webb and Babar Khan.INPT20-604AM

Laurelvale captain David Sinton posted a first century of his senior career on Saturday - but still had to share the spotlight against Millpark.

The 220-run derby victory cemented Laurelvale a position at the head of the Section Two standings with a perfect record following three consecutive wins.

Sinton’s innings of 112 not out established a personal landmark in a first-team career for the village club which dates back beyond the decade mark.

Despite the achievement, Sinton was happy to take a step back and allow the real plaudits to go towards debutants Babar Khan and Mohammed Ajmal.

Khan finished on 109 not out and Ajmal collected a five-wicket haul as the former Victoria players enjoyed dream starts to life with Laurelvale.

“It was a nice moment but the only statistic that really matters is the final score,” said Sinton. “It was great to get another win and confidence remains high across the group.

“The two lads came in and really proved superb and, under the circumstances, I was more than happy to take a step back.

“They put so much effort into practice and the match so it was brilliant to get those returns.

“That worked well across the board, with Philip Weir and Daryl henry also excellent.

“Philip has been enjoying consistent form across the past few seasons and Daryl has managed to maintain his scoring rate from a position lower down the batting order.

“I put on an opening 99-run partnership alongside Philip so everything is working well at the minute.

“We visit Holywood this weekend in what should prove a tough test.”