All eyes in the NCU tomorrow will be on Kyle McCallan as the former Ireland international attempts to continue his undefeated start to the season.
Normally the word ‘undefeated’ applies to a team but the 34-year-old has been in the middle for every ball of Waringstown’s first three matches and batted for 141.4 overs. He has yet to be dismissed.
Having seen off the bowling attacks of Carrickfergus, North Down and Old Belvedere, it is the chance for a Ballymena bowler to be a hero tomorrow when they arrive at The Lawn with McCallan needing only 38 more runs to bring up 400 for the season in his fourth innings!
The bigger picture is that Waringstown can join CIYMS at the top of the Ulster Bank Premier League with another victory because the Belmont side have the weekend off, as the players recover from sponsor Stephen Hughes’ wedding today. Although McCallan has been the dominant batsman, he will be encouraged by the support he has received from Keith Morrison at North Down and last week James Hall also scored a century in Dublin. So even if Kyle fails there should be enough runs in the side to keep Waringstown on the winning trail and set them up for their next league match on Saturday fortnight — away to CIYMS.
No doubt about the big match tomorrow — the game between North Down and Instonians at The Green, a game full of intriguing possibilities and, even at this early stage of the season, one neither team can afford to lose, as they have already lost once this season.
Instonians bounced back from their surprise defeat to Civil Service North with a resounding victory over Brigade in the Irish Cup but North Down lost in Dublin, again, to Pembroke.