Laurelvale move into prime position for promotion spot

David Sinton.
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Laurelvale remain in the prime position for promotion out of Section Two following a double weekend boost.

Saturday’s programme finished with the Villagers recording an emphatic 10-wicket win over Larne plus gaining a lift from the published net run-rate figures.

Laurelvale entered the weekend schedule on second in the standings with 44 points alongside Saintfield, both sides having enjoyed 11 wins approaching the closing fixtures.

A superior net run-rate should hand Laurelvale a welcome edge for the final weeks.

The net run-rate ahead of last weekend’s Section Two dates placed Laurelvale on 0.882 and Saintfield with 0.689.

Armagh remain clear in top spot - with 48 points from just 15 fixtures before the weekend programme.

Lee Edgar picked up four wickets for the loss of nine runs, with Michael Burns on figures of three for 17.

Daryl Henry’s spell with the ball led to two wickets for just 17 runs as Larne’s innings ended on 74.

Laurelvale pushed past that target with a full house of batsmen as Henry posted 42 not out and Philip Weir 26 without loss.

The Villagers must now face Victoria on the road tomorrow (Saturday), with Saintfield scheduled to entertain BISC.

The closing weekend will provide both Laurelvale and Saintfield with home tests - the former against BISC and latter with Dundrum the visitors on September 5.

“We may have bene expected to win against Larne given the league table positions but still had to go out and produce a professional performance,” said Laurelvale captain David Sinton. “It was a boost for everyone to see the net run-rate figures as it just helped to clear up the picture a bit going into our final few games.

“Of the chasing pack behind Armagh, we look to have the best position and it would seem as if we face a two-way race for promotion alongside Saintfield.

“Basically if we win our remaining fixtures that should be enough for promotion.

“However, we will just focus on getting the results first and foremost.”

Laurelvale seconds lost out to Instonians thirds in Junior League Three by 129 runs.

Saturday’s Junior League Eight programme featured success for Laurelvale thirds against Larne seconds on a seven-wicket win.