David Sinton has praised the professional approach adopted by Laurelvale to see off spirited Ards across the Junior Cup.
The 10-wicket win featured leading individual performances by Daryl Henry, Jeff Haire, Michael Burns and Lee Edgar.
Henry and Edgar, in particular, proved central to the win across both bat and ball.
“It was a comfortable win but we gave Ards every respect,” said Sinton, the Laurelvale captain. “It was a case of going in and producing a professional display.
“I was pleased with most aspects of our performance, especially off the back of the disappointing midweek Twenty20 Cup defeat that marked an early end of our trophy defence.
“The Junior Cup is a competition we want to progress across and the Ards match will hopefully set down a marker for how we approach every game.
It was a comfortable win but we gave Ards every respectDavid Sinton
“Maybe in the past we were guilty of looking at our players on paper and waiting for the result to come, especially in the league or against sides ranked lower.
“It was a different story against Ards and should act as a boost in confidence entering a demanding league run.
“We have plenty of league and cup games to come over the next month, starting this weekend away to highly-rated Drumaness.”
Laurelvale bounced back from a midweek Twenty20 Cup exit with knockout success on Saturday against Ards.
The 10-wicket victory pushed Laurelvale into the Junior Cup quarter-finals and a derby date on June 20 against Millpark.
Henry enjoyed a wicket in his first over and Burns delivered five successive maidens during tight spells with the ball.
Haire and Edgar collected three wickets apiece as Ards finished all out for 68.
Henry and Edgar then proved impressive with the bat as the latter’s half-century knock included a series of boundary hits towards 54 not out.
Tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) Section Two programme will feature a visit to Drumaness.
Laurelvale’s under 11s and under 13s each enjoyed knockout progress against, respectively, Armagh and Templepatrick.
The Speers brothers, Adam and John, proved central to the run of success - with the former on 77 against Templepatrick and the latter with 43 during the derby victory.
The Templepatrick match featured Speers and Jamie Richardson with a century-plus partnership, the latter on 30 not out alongside Joshua Smyth’s quickfire 12.
With the ball, Laurelvale restricted Templepatrick to 104 in the 43-run win that has left the Villagers with a clash against Carrickfergus.
The under 11s had James Gordon on 27 not out, with Tommy Smyth finding the boundary and Speers eventually on 43.
Laurelvale posted 125 overall thanks to additional runs from Chloe Stewart, Caleb Kerten and Johnny Conn.
Conn and Smyth impressed with the ball as Stewart finished on figures of two for the loss of just 13 runs. Jessica Greenlee also collected a wicket, with Scarlet Brown the third girl in the club’s under 11s towards the 80-run victory.
Portadown Taverners enjoyed a four-run win away to Dundalk Cricket Club Social XI.
The town club’s 20-over innings ended on 84.