Viel and Callan in top form for Ballina

CALLUM Viel and Angus Callan helped spark a revival for Ballina in the Under-15 Walter Taylor Shield in Armidale.

Ballina was easily beaten in an eight-wicket demolition against Penrith on Monday and went in to the second day in a must-win clash against Tamworth.

They needed just 18.3 overs to register an impressive seven-wicket win.

Viel was the pick of the bowlers taking 3-14 off six overs after the opposition won the toss and went into bat.

The efforts of Viel helped skittle the Tamworth line-up as they were bowled out for 97.

Callan top-scored for the second day scoring a determined 64 in the run chase.

Cameron Daniels also contributed with the bat, scoring 23 runs.

"The side showed a lot of character to come back from a big loss," coach Craig McNally said.

"We had a training run after the loss on Monday and the boys responded really well.

"We've come a long way in 24 hours and it ended up with us having a pretty convincing win in the end.

"It's still do or die for us and we'll need another win to keep going."

Ballina takes on Hastings in the third round of the competition today.

Meanwhile, Lismore are step closer to making the final after a 166-run win against the Hunter Valley.

Will Parsons (48) and Cooper Stahl (47) combined to help Lismore to a total of 299 after 49.4 overs.

Dane Pratt, Isaac Lee, and Elliot Nance each took three wickets to bowl Hunter out for 123 in reply.

"It was a really good batting display and a big team effort," coach Trevor Graham said. "We'll keep growing in confidence and another win will put us in the final."

Lismore now takes on host team Armidale with the final set down for tomorrow.

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