Laurelvale out to learn lessons ahead of third Cliftonville test

Laurelvale's David Sinton (centre) was awarded the Northern Cricket Union Ulster Bank League award in recogition of his undefeated 112 against Millpark. Also included are, from left, Sean Murphy (Ulster Bank) and Peter McMorran (NCU president). Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Laurelvale's David Sinton (centre) was awarded the Northern Cricket Union Ulster Bank League award in recogition of his undefeated 112 against Millpark. Also included are, from left, Sean Murphy (Ulster Bank) and Peter McMorran (NCU president). Pic by PressEye Ltd.
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Laurelvale will be hoping that familiarity can result in improved form next week with a third fixture against Cliftonville inside the past month.

Previous meetings between the sides have led to wins across league and cup respectively for Cliftonville, the dominant side in this season’s Section Two campaign with a maximum return from league play to date.

The weekend reverse arrived within the Junior Cup by 52 runs, having previously lost out to Cliftonville on a four-wicket tally in the league.

The next test will offer Laurelvale an opportunity for progress within the Twenty20 Shield tournament, with a welcome win the target to send the Villagers into the final.

“Cliftonville are a good side but we have suffered due to some big individual performances in the past,” said David Sinton, the Laurelvale captain. “If you can keep someone like Johnny Territt quiet then previous scoring would suggest that could be a big help.

“He has put up innings of 78 not out and 82 not out and taking those out of the final result would obviously change the situation.

“That is not to say Cliftonville do not have a strong team and they would be expected to be among the challengers for trophies this season.

“However, after two defeats it is important to try and learn lessons from those games and come up with a way to alter the outcome.

“It has probably been a few years since we went up against some of the Cliftonville guys and they have top-flight experience but, hopefully, we can pick up on some familiar habits based on the past two games.

“We had a good run over maybe 70 of the overs in the Junior Cup tie last weekend but the game got away from us at times.

“We have two league fixtures planned for this weekend, away to Dundrum on Saturday then home to Cregagh on Sunday.

“Then it will be the Twenty20 Shield semi-final at some stage next week.

“Obviously we want to do well on all fronts.”