Laurelvale miss out in race for the runs but Sinton still positive

Craig Irwin.
Craig Irwin.

Laurelvale captain David Sinton admits a mixture of confusion and frustration in the aftermath of last weekend’s defeat by Drumaness.

The Section Two meeting left Laurelvale short by 27 runs in pursuit of the hosts’ 166.

Although aspects of the defeat proved disappointing, Sinton also finished unwilling to place major blame on his squad.

“It was not as if we were especially poor in terms of batting or bowling,” said Sinton. “There was not really a major passage of play that we could look back on and say that was key to the result.

“They bowled reasonably well and managed to boost the scoring thanks to a reliable display by the lower order to see out the full innings.

“We did well to get back into contention at one stage but didn’t do much wrong overall, with the exception of a few bad choices.

“Jeff Haire was economical with his bowling and the partnership of Michael Burns and Craig Irwin helped us test Drumaness.

“However, we needed to cash in with the runs once in that position on that Drumaness wicket.

“We were without some key players against Drumaness so that had an impact in terms of the depth of our options.

“The weather conditions made life difficult as the crossfield wind made things hard for bowlers to find balance and rhythm, plus tested the batsmen.

“However, that was the same of course for both teams.”

Laurelvale visit Larne tomorrow (Saturday) in the league.

“This period is an important spell for us and we need to put some good results on the scoreboard within the next few weeks,” said Sinton. “Consistency is the target and, with all due respect to Larne, other sides have come away with wins so we must do the same or risk slipping away.

“We met Larne last season in a cup game and, despite the difference in divisions, they gave us a test.”