McCallan still top dog
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
KYLE McCallan may be approaching his 46th birthday but the former Ireland captain is still one of the first names on the Waringstown team-sheet.
He proved why, once again, on Saturday when he took six for 22 – his second best figures for the club – in the Villagers 111 runs victory over Woodvale to leave them in a five-way tie at the top of the Premier League.
Admittedly, Waringstown had posted 322 for seven – the highest total of the day – with Andre Malan run out for 99 after Greg Thompson had dominated a fourth wicket stand of 132 in just 14 overs, hitting 12 fours and two sixes in his 76 off 43 balls.
So the Woodvale batsmen were easy prey for McCallan’s off spin as they chased their imposing target and he duly cashed in for his best analysis since he took seven for 17 against Ballymena back in 2010.
The only wicket he couldn’t take – as he has already bowled his 10 overs – was the last and it needed a 61 runs stand between Sonny Stephenson and Pavan Kartick to get Woodvale past 200.
Carrickfergus went into the weekend as the only team to have won their first two games but they found 235 was not enough against CIYMS as the defending champions timed their chase to perfection, winning with nine balls to spare.
It helped that they lost only two wickets, the first to the second ball of the innings, but Chris Dougherty would not be moved and he finished 126 not out, sharing a second wicket stand of 175 with James Cameron-Dow, who scored 71 and ensured their four inter-provincial players were not missed.
The other two games resulted in almost identical scenarios with Instonians – the only team still without a win – and Lisburn both batting first and being dismissed for 124 by North Down and Civil Service North respectively.
With Luke Georgeson surprisingly released from North Knights duty, CSN won by nine wickets in the 31st over with the New Zealander finishing 79 not out, while North Down lost three wickets more but still won two overs later.
In Section One, Derriaghy made it nine wins out of nine with an eight runs victory over third place Cliftonville Academy and between the two is Cregagh for whom Jay Hunter played the innings of the day, 149 in his side’s 308 for seven against Muckamore. Adam McCormick then took six wickets to complete a 159 runs victory.