Villagers miss out on reward for enhanced league display

Enjoying the Section Two date with Cliftonville in Laurelvale.INPT24-609
Enjoying the Section Two date with Cliftonville in Laurelvale.INPT24-609

Laurelvale became the latest victims of Cliftonville’s perfect start to the Section Two season on Saturday as the city club left the village with a four-wicket win.

It handed the Villagers a second successive reverse but captain David Sinton was happy to look beyond the statistics and rate the standard of individual play.

“After the heavy defeat by Holywood, going into the Cliftonville match we knew it was important to get back on track with an improved display,” said Sinton. “Overall, we certainly produced and the big contrast was with the bat.

“I cannot be too critical of our bowling or fielding but to go from 53 runs against Holywood to over 200 last weekend was really positive.

“We batted just a few balls short of the full 50 overs and Babar Khan scored 66.

“Cliftonville would be as strong as any side in the division but we went into the match feeling confident of getting a result.

“We dropped a catch at around 106 for five, plus lost Daryl Henry to injury on the morning of the match, which limited our variation with the ball.

“However, that’s sport.”

Laurelvale entertain BISC tomorrow (Saturday) keen to see a repeat of the effort but enhanced end product.

“Certainly the idea would be to maintain the same standard of play,” said Sinton. “As a captain, I felt it was more important over the long-term to show the Holywood result did not knock confidence.”

PORTADOWN

Portadown Taverners’ defence of the Border League title opened with victory by six wickets against Clogher.

Clogher scored 128 off the 15 eight-ball overs, with Jeff Haire the pick of the bowling. Gary Murphy posted 62 runs, with Alan Jones steering home the decisive score.

Contact George Hamill on 07808135346.