Murphy sets the standard as Laurelvale limp to Larne win

Gary Murphy.
Gary Murphy.

Laurelvale captain David Sinton has highlighted the “mature” innings put in by Gary Murphy towards a weekend win at Larne.

League points arrived with Murphy, thanks to determined support by Mark Thornbury, on 35 not out.

Daryl Henry looked impressive with the ball, with Jeff Haire producing wickets and Lee Edgar claiming three in a single over. Edgar, Henry and Haire each finished with three wickets and Michael Burns closed out the bowling to put Larne all out for 63.

A slump left Laurelvale on 24 for five before Murphy’s composure helped rescue the five-wicket win.

“We were happy with the result but it was far from convincing,” said Sinton. “Gary displayed a mature innings to get us back on track.

“We now have a trip to Millpark on Saturday in the Junior Cup then welcome Dundrum during Sunday’s league programme.”

We were happy with the result but it was far from convincing

David Sinton

Laurelvale seconds just dropped short of the Instonians thirds target last weekend on a quality surface thanks to work by the Villagers’ Colin Grant and Tom Irwin.

Laurelvale, in pursuit of 216, had Dan McKimm on 35, with Wesley Best registering 52 not out.

Laurelvale under 11s recently secured a spot in the Quoile Cup quarter-final thanks to wins against Armagh and Temlepatrick.

John Speers was the leading scorer on 43 against Armagh, with James Gordon posting an impressive 50 not out to help see off Templepatrick.

Arnold Jose, Tommy Smyth, Johnny Conn and Chloe Stewart helped to boost the tally against Templepatrick to 106 for four.

Speers claimed two wickets for 15 against Templepatrick, with Conn on two for eight and Gordon also picking up a reward with the ball.

Smyth, Joe Sheard and Stewart also produced some tight bowling - with Conn and Speers making a mark late on towards a 17-run success.

Laurelvale will face Bangor in the quarter-finals.