Cricket: Maxwell wants derby win to revive season
One of the fiercest local rivalries in local cricket was resumed last night when Lurgan and Waringstown met in the final group game of the Metal Technology Twenty20 Cup.
Tomorrow though it’s the real McCoy, a first league meeting since Lurgan were relegated from the top flight for the first time in 2007.
The Pollock Park side are the only team yet to win in the league and after six matches they are propping up the league, but, according to captain Peter Maxwell they are remaining positive for a change in fortunes.
“Our last game, against Ballymena, was probably our worst display of the season and we know we have to beat the teams around us if we are to have a chance of staying up,” said Maxwell.
“The previous match against North Down (which ended in a tie) proved we can compete against the best. We have to believe that we will get off the mark and then a few more wins will follow.
“Against North Down, we got into the winning position, but they scored 31 for the last wicket and it was so disappointing not to be able to finish them off.
“That’s what we are up against and it will be no different when we meet Waringstown on Saturday.”
Lurgan welcome back Marvin van Nierop tomorrow and will retain Cameron Grieve at the top of the order.
“Cameron wasn’t getting much of a chance with the bat, so I pushed him up to open and although he hasn’t come off yet he is seriously good young cricketer and we will persevere,” he said.
Johnny Bushe, the Waringstown captain returns to the team, happy that his broken finger has healed sufficiently for him to resume behind the stumps.
Only two points separate the top four in the closest ever Premier League table with two more teams, Carrickfergus and Instonians — who are at co-leaders Lisburn and CIYMS respectively — within a win of the top and with Lurgan just two points behind Downpatrick and Civil Service North, who meet at The Meadow, it is literally all to play for.
Tomorrow’s fixtures: Ulster Bank Premier League (1.00): CIYMS v Instonians, Downpatrick v Civil Service North, North Down v Ballymena, Lisburn v Carrickfergus, Lurgan v Waringstown.
Section One: Armagh v Woodvale, Derriaghy v Laurelvale, Holywood v Dundrum, Cliftonville v Muckamore, Saintfield v Bangor.
Section Two: Dungannon v Academy, Dunmurry v Drumaness, Cooke Collegians v Larne, Millpark v Templepatrick.
Sunday: ClubTurf Ulster Cup quarter-final (1.00) Civil Service North v Brigade.
Ulster Shield quarter-finals: Ardmore v Bangor, Bonds Glen v Derriaghy, Laurelvale v The Nedd, Saintfield v Muckamore.