Major task for ’Vale to rescue promotion bid

Laurelvale captain David Sinton.
Laurelvale captain David Sinton.

After a long season of clocking up runs, miles and wickets over 15 fixtures, Laurelvale’s season could effectively come down to a coin toss.

The Villagers sit fourth in the Section Two standings with an outstanding match against BISC to wrap up the programme.

Promotion remains a mathematical possibility but, following a slump over the closing stages of the campaign, hopes appear slender.

The 20-over restriction placed on rearranged games puts Laurelvale under significant pressure in pursuit of around the 250 score projected as part of a target that would also require the BISC innings to end on a low tally.

Ultimately, the loss of the coin toss and a decision by BISC to bat first would - given the net run-rate calculations - push what is already a major challenge beyond Laurelvale.

However, despite the difficult weekend, captain David Sinton remains positive.

“We must first and foremost go into the match with the target of a win so that we can at least end the season in the right way,” said Sinton. “It is going to be a big ask and we must go into bat due to how everything is worked out.

“We lost out on promotion last season due to the net run-rate and it is shaping up to be similar this year, although in different circumstances.

“All we can do is go out and approach the fixture in the best way possible then see how everything pans out.”

Laurelvale recorded a five-wicket defeat of Dundrum last weekend - with Sinton clocking up a welcome half-century to stop the rot following three successive reverse results.

“We got the win but did not really help our overall situation against Dundrum,” said Sinton. “It is an uphill struggle for sure but one benefit is we have previously managed over 200 runs in a 20-over match this season and managed to get the opposition out for under 50.

“However, we have to be realistic.”