Cricket Success Continues

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The Wallace High School cricket teams enjoyed another successful weekend defeating Ballyclare High School in all fixtures to take maximum points in their third league fixture.

The under 12s got the first points on the board on Friday as they chased down 76 runs away to Ballyclare. Nathan Cartmill continued his fine run of form with 40, whilst others contributed to make the result a formality.

Onto Saturday, and in the all important 1st X1 fixture (worth 14 points overall) the Lisburn lads comfortably chased 126. Rory Stewart opened the batting and got Wallace off to a great start with 36, before Year 11 pupils James McCallan (44 not out) and Mark Hylands (13 not out) sealed the victory with an unbroken partnership of 62. This was another fine knock by under 15 captain McCallan who earlier in the week had scored 81 not out as the 15s triumphed over RBAI in the first round of their Schools’ Cup. Hylands also celebrated his selection for the Northern Cricket Union under 15 side with a miserly bowling performance in the same game and both pupils look to have bright futures in the game.

The under 15s were awarded the points for their league fixture as Ballyclare could not field a team but played a friendly against the same opposition at the Thiepval Oval. This was a great opportunity for some of their fringe players to get a well deserved game and Matthew Crossey certainly took his chance taking 4 – 17 in the Ballyclare total of 102. Zack McCall (35) and Ryan Beckett (38) were the main run scorers as the 15s won easily by 7 wickets.

At the Clonevin Oval the under 14s produced an accomplished display to win by 42 runs. Perhaps the biggest disappointment in this game was the fact that no batsmen got really big runs in their total of 96, but their fielding and bowling was of a high standard with skipper Ryan Moore leading the way with 6 – 9 and Chris Moore taking 2 – 9.

The final fixture saw the under 13 X1 demolish Ballyclare by 10 wickets. Having bowled their opponents out for 39 (Ryan Getty 3 – 6, Callum McCandless 3 – 3 and Daniel Ballantyne 2 – 3), opening batsmen Neil Kilpatrick and Philip Hylands completed the job as they both finished not out.

This is an encuraging set of results for the Wallace teams who now sit in second place in their league. A good set of results this Saturday would set them up for a “top of the table” clash against Methody on the following weekend. This Saturday’s matches are against Sullivan Upper (9am starts). The 1st X1, under 13 and under 12 sides are away, whilst the under 15 and 14s are at home, all support welcome.

Last modified: May 18, 2010