Free-scoring ’Vale in search of way to build on weekend runs

Philip Weir.
Philip Weir.

Laurelvale’s struggle for scoring consistency in recent seasons has been a point of contention within the villagers’ camp.

However, last weekend’s commitments across league and cup dates led to a combined total of 595 runs on the Laurelvale column.

Millpark lost out across the Junior Cup as Laurelvale post 280, with 315 the return from Sunday’s league success against Dundrum.

Now the challenge for captain David Sinton and his players is to maintain that confidence across future challenges.

“Double weekends are great when you get off to the right start in the first match,” said Sinton. “That opening win can really set everything up and you go into Sunday with an added bounce.

“Even with changes, we managed to approach Sunday’s game in a positive mindset and viewed the player swaps as an opportunity for others to impress.

“We may have gone into the weekend with two wins considered our target but it was a real boost for everyone to find our scoring form.

“Add to that the success by our bowlers and it all came together for a great weekend.”

Laurelvale visit BISC tomorrow (Saturday) then face Victoria across next Tuesday and Wednesday on home soil.

“The next step, of course, is to build on those positives from last weekend and add that consistency to the game overall.

“We can take great encouragement from how the runs were shared around, with no fewer than four players walking away having moved beyond the 50 mark and Philip Weir close to the century.

“Philip’s 91 was a real highlight but special mention should also go to Gary Murphy, Daryl Henry, Chris Webb and Craig Irwin for each scoring more than 50.

“It was great to see different players stepping up and scoring runs.

“This is the time of the season we really feel we can push on, especially with a tough run of games in July.”