Grange hero Neil McCallum aims to bow out in style

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Mazars Grange legend Neil McCallum wants to end his club career on a high with two trophies this month.

The 40-year-old batsman, who also chips in with some useful wickets, has revealed that he plans to step down from playing duties at the end of this summer.

The former Scotland player – he retired from international duties back 2011 – has been a near constant on the Capital cricketing scene for more than 20 years, firstly with Watsonians and then, since 2005, with Grange.

Indeed, recently he made his 150th league appearance for the Portgower Place men and he has helped them to lift a number of trophies in the past 14 seasons.

He is not reminiscing just yet though, in fact he has his eyes firmly fixed on a CSL Eastern Premier Division and Citylets Scottish Cup double as he aims to sign off with some more 
silverware.

There are four league matches remaining to play as well as the Cup final in Paisley against local rivals Heriot’s on August 19. But his immediate focus is on keeping his team on top of the league with a victory over RH Corstorphine tomorrow.

“I am loving my cricket as much as ever with this current Grange team,” McCallum said.

“The core of the team has experience and that has allowed us to bring youngsters through into the team and the likes of Charlie Peet, Jamie Cairns and Tom Mackintosh have been 
superb for us.

“All things must come to an end, but I am not thinking about that yet we still have lots of important cricket to play first.

“We have got ourselves into a good position in the league, but I have been around long enough to know that there could be a few twists and turns to come yet.

“Corstorphine have done really well since promotion and we know we will have to be on our game to get the better of them this weekend.”

Elsewhere tomorrow, second-placed Heriot’s will look to keep up the pressure at the top when they take on bottom side Glenrothes at Goldenacre.

Carlton make the trip to Inverleith to play Stewart’s Melville.

The home side will be skippered by Adam McHoul in the absence of Greg Ruthven while Toby Hughes will keep wicket.

Watsonians have Dewald Nel, Fraser Sands and Rory Evans coming into the XI as they field eight former George Watson’s College pupils away to Arbroath.