It was a year to remember for Ballyspallen as they gained promotion to the Premier League, while they also captured the Sammy Jeffrey Cup.

They had quality in their ranks and that most import of attributes, depth.

The batting was led by a talented top five who delivered time and time again with remarkable consistency.

West Indian Darnell McCallum was not only the leading run scorer at the club, but also the region, hitting 4 hundreds and 5 fifties on his way to 1199 runs at 52.13. he played one of the special innings of the year, defying illness to lead Spallen to victory in the Sam Jeffrey final.

Graham Kennedy hit 6 fifties and one century as he made 854 runs at 47.44, just ahead of Craig Averill who impressed with 848 at 44.63 (2 hundreds, 4 50s).

Mark Averill was another club centurion, as the skipper scored 503 runs at 27.94, while Stephen Kennedy is also worthy of a mention, hitting 338 runs.

On the bowling front Mark Averill topped the NW charts with an excellent return of 50 wickets at 16.98.

As with the batting, the bowling unit all delivered, with five players taking 20 or more wickets - the benchmark for any team.

Graham Kennedy impressed with 34 wickets at 19, while Craig Averill's 33 wickets came at a cost of just 12.97.

Gareth Burns and Stephen Kennedy both took 23 wickets, while Stephen McCloskey's knee injury restricted his appearances, but he still captured 16.

Premier League cricket in 2019 means they will be unable to use McCallum as their overseas player, so they must choose his replacement wisely.

It will be difficult for them to survive, as shown by the relegation of both Fox Lodge and Ardmore this year, but if they can recruit wisely over the close season, then they will certainly be competitive.

BALLYSPALLEN BATTING

Top Run Aggregates

# Name Club Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s Runs
1 D McCallum Spallen 25 26 3 1199 128* 52.13 822 145.86 4 5 1 133 72 1199
2 G Kennedy Spallen 23 24 6 854 100* 47.44 933 91.53 1 6 1 100 33 854
3 C Averill Spallen 25 23 4 848 157* 44.63 1259 67.36 2 4 1 94 12 848
4 M Averill Spallen 25 22 4 503 101 27.94 680 73.97 1 - 2 55 6 503
5 Stephen Kennedy Spallen 22 23 1 338 52 15.36 718 47.08 - 1 1 45 2 338
6 J Thompson Spallen 22 22 6 160 29* 10.00 354 45.20 - - 6 16 - 160
7 Stuart Kennedy Spallen 21 19 4 149 31 9.93 185 80.54 - - 3 17 6 149
8 P McIlmoyle Spallen 23 14 1 100 34* 7.69 237 42.19 - - 5 10 2 100
9 I Crown Spallen 4 4 1 81 47 27.00 118 68.64 - - - 5 3 81
10 A Scott Spallen 17 11 - 75 17 6.82 129 58.14 - - 1 8 - 75
11 G Burns Spallen 17 10 5 35 10* 7.00 43 81.40 - - 2 4 - 35
12 S McCloskey Spallen 14 5 - 23 9 4.60 38 60.53 - - 1 2 - 23
13 D Craig Spallen 3 3 1 15 8 7.50 41 36.59 - - 1 2 - 15
14 C Wilson Spallen 3 2 2 7 5* - 19 36.84 - - - - - 7
15 J Martin Spallen 5 2 - 6 6 3.00 33 18.18 - - 1 1 - 6
16 D Corscadden Spallen 12 4 3 4 3 4.00 15 26.67 - - - - - 4
17 M Spratt Spallen 3 3 1 3 2* 1.50 11 27.27 - - 1 - - 3
18 L Gilfillan Spallen 3 2 2 3 3* - 8 37.50 - - - - - 3

BALLYSPALLEN BOWLING

Top Wicket Takers

# Name Club Mat Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5WI 10WM wds nbs Wkts
1 M Averill Spallen 25 196.3 28 849 50 5-13 16.98 4.32 23.58 1 - 36 - 50
2 G Kennedy Spallen 23 170.2 35 647 34 6-17 19.03 3.80 30.06 2 - 12 5 34
3 C Averill Spallen 25 113.5 9 428 33 5-29 12.97 3.76 20.70 1 - 2 5 33
4 G Burns Spallen 17 140 19 602 23 5-19 26.17 4.30 36.52 1 - 17 2 23
5 Stephen Kennedy Spallen 22 149 14 680 23 3-43 29.57 4.56 38.87 - - 5 - 23
6 S McCloskey Spallen 14 108.2 9 477 16 4-41 29.81 4.40 40.62 - - 15 1 16
7 Stuart Kennedy Spallen 21 61.1 3 375 8 2-29 46.88 6.13 45.88 - - 5 - 8
8 J Martin Spallen 5 9 - 71 3 2-31 23.67 7.89 18.00 - - 9 - 3
9 J Thompson Spallen 22 17 - 113 3 2-26 37.67 6.65 34.00 - - 7 1 3
10 C Wilson Spallen 3 10 - 66 2 1-30 33.00 6.60 30.00 - - 3 - 2
11 D Corscadden Spallen 12 17 2 102 2 1-27 51.00 6.00 51.00 - - 1 - 2
12 G Wilson Spallen 3 8 - 58 1 1-14 58.00 7.25 48.00 - - 3 1 1
13 A Scott Spallen 17 4 - 35 - 0-3 - 8.75 - - - 2 - 0