Laurelvale’s Kwik Cricket Tournament has attracted support from nine schools as the Villagers attempt to strengthen youth links.
Orchard, Moyallon, Edenderry, Seagoe, Portadown Integrated, Bocombra, Millington, Hardy Memorial and Mullavilly pupils will take part in competitions across May 8 and 22.
“I have arranged coaching sessions and some schools even want to enter two sides,” said Laurelvale’s Wesley Best. “Charlie McCrum, a former Laurelvale player, is already coaching in Edenderry but we will send people out to more than 250 children.
“The idea is to introduce cricket into local schools, with the planned meetings at Laurelvale a great start.”
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Weather conditions disrupted Laurelvale’s opening Section Two weekend but David Sinton is looking to the positives from the frustration of a postponed visit to Saintfield.
“Our next two fixtures will both come at home, starting this weekend against Dundrum then on Monday when Cregagh look set to visit,” said Sinton, the Laurelvale captain. “It is always frustrating when the first game is called off and, traditionally, April has not been kind to our fixtures in recent seasons.
“Everyone puts so much work into practice leading up to that first game but I suppose everyone is also used to the problems we have with weather.
“Now it is about working towards the next game and the chance to start the season in front of a decent home crowd.
“Dundrum were relegated last season and Cregagh promoted so both will offer different challenges.
“Two good performances would really set us up in the short space of time.
“It would be great to see a decent crowd out.”
Laurelvale thirds defeated Templepatrick by five wickets on Saturday in Junior League Eight.
The firsts face Dundrum tomorrow (Saturday) and Cregagh on Monday, with both home games to start at 1 o’clock.