Chambers Park men have trophy in their sights

David Sinton.
David Sinton.

Portadown Taverners stand one win away from closing out the debut campaign with trophy success.

The Chambers Park players will face Monaghan at Clogher on Saturday, September 12 in the Border League Shield final.

Taverners can enter the big match with the boost of a position as Border League leaders.

Play is set to start at 1 o’clock, with all support welcome for the season showcase.

The achievement of bringing cricket back to Chambers Park under the Portadown banner remains of greater overall significance but silverware would serve as the perfect way to cap the season.

LAURELVALE

Laurelvale captain David Sinton will send out his players at home to BISC tomorrow (Saturday) with the target of a crucial victory in the Section Two promotion push.

The Villagers entertain BISC then take on Victoria in a final game with the target two wins to wrap up progress out of the division.

Armagh managed to survive last weekend’s rain-disrupted fixture list to effectively seal the Section Two title.

However, Laurelvale and Saintfield remain locked in a two-team battle for the final promotion slot - with both sitting on 44 points after 11 wins from 16 fixtures.

Laurelvale can boast a superior nett run-rate at present and Sinton is keen to embrace every possible advantage over the closing weeks.

“It has been in our hands now for a few weeks so we want to get out this weekend and take that next step towards promotion,” said Sinton. “A win against BISC would then set up the Victoria trip on the final day of the season as a massive derby.

“It is almost a case of viewing the final league games as two cup finals and the message is simple, win both and we go up but lose even one and Saintfield would probably take that final promotion position.

“I think basically every player within our squad has been in this position before so we know what is required to get over the line and seal promotion.

“Now it is about getting the job done against BISC but we know to expect a tricky test given how they pushed us over each innings in the previous league match.”

Sinton will line out with a depleted panel following the unavailability of players such as Stuart McClelland, Craig Henry, Gary Murphy and Simon Hughes.

“We have had players ruled out before this season, with others stepping up to the mark,” said Sinton. “It is going to require something similar this weekend but I have confidence in the squad to, once again, fill any gaps and get us over the line.”

Play will start at 11 o’clock tomorrow (Saturday).