’Vale see off high-flying Holywood

Orchard County Primary School pupils in Laurelvale.INPT2115-422
Orchard County Primary School pupils in Laurelvale.INPT2115-422

Laurelvale captain David Sinton is aiming for increased consistency across the squad following a weekend of mixed results.

A superb success at the expense of high-flying Holywood kicked off the two-game schedule before a reverse against Saintfield.

“No-one from the outside was probably going to predict victory against a Holywood side with such a strong start to the season,” said Sinton. “However, we were impressive and posted some important runs, especially towards the end of the innings.

“We are working hard on increasing our run of overs, especially when you look at the quality of our bowling options.

“We need to work on reducing the number of wides but, overall, it was a very good spell of bowling and work in the field.

“On Sunday, we had a number of enforced changes and that made it difficult to build on the Holywood result.

No-one from the outside was probably going to predict victory against a Holywood side with such a strong start to the season

David Sinton

“The players worked hard but key changes left us without some top players.

“Next up is a Junior Cup tie away to Ards, a competition in which we really want to progress.

“The winners this weekend will play Millpark or BISC.”

Laurelvale produced a superb display to see off early-season league leaders Holywood.

The Villagers struggled against tight early bowling from the high-flying Section Two outfit - with Ricky Wilson and captain Sinton producing a partnership towards 70 runs within the 162 overall tally.

Laurelvale’s bowling attack improved as play progressed - starting with a wicket for Henry after five overs.

With the score on 53, Laurelvale rocked Holywood across a four-over spell that resulted in five wickets for the loss of just four runs.

Gary Murphy and Lee Edgar led the way with three wickets apiece.

A depleted panel suffered defeat to Saintfield on Sunday - with Michael Burns’ back-to-back knocks of six helping him top the team scoring on 24 within 132 overall.

Edgar lifted three wickets but Laurelvale finished down at the end of play.

Laurelvale seconds defeated Holywood by 25 runs in Junior League Three.

The Villagers’ thirds came home on a 12-run scoreline in Junior League Eight against Larne.

Laurelvale’s latest Kwik Cricket tournament for schools attracted interest from six sides.

Orchard County finished in front thanks to victory against Mullavilly across the final of the youth competition.

Moyallon entered two teams - with a record innings of 279 registered by the school across a first-round fixture.

Edenderry and Richmount were also involved in the event.

“There was great enthusiasm from the schools,” said Laurelvale’s Wesley Best, one of the organisers behind the increased club focus on building schools’ links. “We will be running the tournament again next year.”