Templepatrick hoping for better weather on tour

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TEMPLEPATRICK cricketers will be hoping for better weather this weekend while on tour in Northamptonshire.

Most of the senior side will make the trip during which they will play two games in the Twenty20 format against local opposition.

Apparently, in one of the matches, Richard Greer’s lads will encounter a former county batsman, Mal Loye, who is likely to pose problems for the ‘Patrick attack.

Two Senior League Section 2 fixtures scheduled for last weekend were washed out. Although the Portadown game was switched to Lurgan Park on Saturday it still failed to beat the wet weather, and Sunday’s clash with Drumaness in County Down suffered the same fate.

With Sunday then free, a hurried arrangement was made to fit in a local derby with Academy at The Cloughan, but once again the weather intervened, so Templepatrick are left with 14 fixtures to play to complete their programme.

Their next outing will be at The Cloughan against Saintfield on Saturday, July 21.

David McWilliams’ 2nd XI were also left idle at the weekend, and it will be the same again this weekend when many players are unavailable.

That means that they go straight in to their Intermediate Cup semi-final against either Derriaghy II or Lurgan II on July 21.

They continue to have promotion from the Junior League Section 3 high on the agenda after having had a walkover against Cliftonville II who were unable to field a team.

With five games still to be rearranged the Temple lads still have ten league fixtures to fulfil.