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McCallan rolls back the years to have Woodvale in a spin


Kyle McCallan. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Freddie Parkinson

Kyle McCallan. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Freddie Parkinson

©INPHO/Presseye/Freddie Parkins

Kyle McCallan. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Freddie Parkinson

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 Robinson Services Premier League.

Admittedly, Waringstown had posted 322 for seven, with Andre Malan run out for 99 after Greg Thompson had dominated a fourth wicket stand of 132 in 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 their 235 was not enough against CIYMS as the defending champions timed their chase to perfection, winning with nine balls to spare.

Opener Chris Dougherty 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.

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North Down and Civil Service North both had easy wins over Instonians and Lisburn respectively, the losing teams both dismissed for 124.

In Section One, Derriaghy made it nine wins in-a-row with an eight runs victory over third place Cliftonville Academy and between the two is Cregagh for whom Jay Hunter hit 149 in his side’s 308 for seven against Muckamore. Adam McCormick then took six wickets in a 159 runs win.

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