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McCallan adds ton to his astonishing run

It is 493 not out and counting for Kyle McCallan just four games into the new season.

Ireland’s most capped player may have retired from international cricket but his batting form just gets better and better at the top of the order for Waringstown.

McCallan added another 131 runs to his unbeaten tally this season as the Villagers joined CIYMS at the top of the table after victory at The Lawn over Ballymena but, despite Kyle’s heroics, the visitors took the game to the last ball.

Chasing Waringstown’s 273 for two, Ballymena needed 16 off the last over to win and six off the last ball to tie but Gary Fisher and Simon McDowell managed only a two. All the Waringstown bowlers, including McCallan, conceded five runs an over with the glorious exception of Gary Kidd finished with figures of one for 21 from his 10 overs.

McCallan’s third successive century came off 146 balls but he added another 31 in just 11 balls, finishing the innings with two successive sixes to supplement his 16 fours. Lee Nelson (59) shared a second wicket stand of 132. In reply David Kennedy led the way with 73 but steady batting all down the order kept the game on a knife-edge but there was no consolation for Ballymena who have now lost their first three.

Instonians, who shared the trophy with Waringstown last season, lost their second game out of three when they went down to North Down by 18 runs at The Green.

John Stevenson, who missed out in the nine wickets win over Brigade in the Irish Cup the previous week, top scored for the visitors with 89 but only James Shannon (44) gave him substantial support as North Down’s Aussie professional Daniel Harding finished with five wickets.

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