‘Don’t throw it away Millpark’

Millpark Cricket Club are determined to end the season as Section Threee champions. They have four massive matches coming up, beginning with a trip to face fifth placed Donaghadee this Saturday, Pic: Johnny Breen in action for the local side. INBL1526-271PB
Millpark Cricket Club are determined to end the season as Section Threee champions. They have four massive matches coming up, beginning with a trip to face fifth placed Donaghadee this Saturday, Pic: Johnny Breen in action for the local side. INBL1526-271PB

Millpark Cricket Club have a massive month ahead.

They’re chasing down the NCU Section Three title and are joint top with four games to go.

However, it’s still all to play for after a slip against Newforge last week let the chasing pack back in.

They’re now just two wins ahead of third place Dunmurry, who have a game in hand.

Millpark travel to take on Donaghadee on Saturday and looking over their shoulder isn’t an option for captain Paul McCart, who wants more than gaining promotion through the runners-up place.

“We would all much rather go up as champions,” he said.

“The last couple of times we have gone up from Section Three, we have gone up in seconde place so it would be great to actually win it this time around.

“We haven’t won all that many trophies so we need to try and take this chance when it has come along.

“Obviously, we would be relatively happy to at least finish second and make sure we go up but I think we would all be disappointed that we didn’t manage to win the league. That’s our target.”

With joint top Cooke Collegians still to play, Millpark may need four straight wins to secure top spot and McCart knows that victory will be far from a formality this weekend.

He said: “We’ve let Cooke back in so we need to make sure we get back to winning ways this weekend.

“We just about beat Donaghadee earlier in the season. They normally have a much stronger side at home than they do away because they are so far away from most of the other teams.

“These last four are all going to be difficult games.

“We are easily capable of winning all four of them but the danger is that when we are bad, we are awful.

“We were very poor last Saturday. When we are up against an unorthodox side who swing the bat, we seem to panic.”