Tons of trouble as Ghosts mow down massive Norths total

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Ton of trouble: Jordan Gauci scored his maiden first grade century yesterday for the Ghosts. Here he is pictured after scoring 100 for Australia under 19s against England early this year.

It was a case of tons of trouble for North Sydney as centuries to Ryan Gibson and 17 year old Jordan Gauci helped the Ghosts chase down 383 to win the match, reports Jason Ellsmore:

NSW and Sydney Thunder squad member Ryan Gibson walked to the crease with the score on 15 and departed when it was 294.

Gibson scored 136 runs before he was bowled on the 165th ball he had faced.

In that time Gibson had figured in a 145 run partnership with Scott Coyte (70 runs) and a 104 run partnership with Jordan Gauci.

Gauci, who earlier in the year had posted a century for the Australian Under 19’s against England, steered the Ghosts home to 7/386 and victory.

Gauci, who is just 17, scored his maiden first grade century, finishing with 108 not out and figured in a vital 8th wicket partnership of 71 runs with Luke Webb. Webb contributed an excellent 33 (not out) runs.

Both Gibson and Gauci were superb, playing shots to all parts of the picturesque 149 year old cricket ground. The two young Ghosts bats hit 37 boundaries between them and enjoyed Scott Coyte’s ruthless treatment of the Bears bowling along the way.

Coyte went at a run a ball when at the crease enabling the Ghosts to comfortably maintain a good run rate in the chase.

After six rounds the Ghosts have secured third place on the SCA first grade ladder, one point behind Eastern Suburbs, who they defeated in Round 1.

♦ Whilst the first graders shone with bat, Jordan Browne, at home on Raby #1 in the second grade fixture, starred with the ball.

Browne completely routed the visitors, taking 7/64 off 21 overs. His figures were the ninth best all time for a Campbelltown Camden DCC second grade bowler.

Chasing Campbelltown Camden’s total of 6 dec for 422 from last week, the Bears were never in the hunt. North Sydney started slowly against the Ghosts young attack, who bowled tight, building pressure from the opening overs.

In the end North Sydney were dismissed for 168 runs, giving Campbelltown Camden victory by the huge margin of 254 runs.

♦ The Ghosts third grade were also impressive in victory. Chasing North Sydney’s total of 264 runs, the Ghosts passed the Bears having lost just six wickets. Jarrod Collis (89) and Skipper Pryian De Zoysa (82) ensured the top order did their job in securing victory at Tunks Park.

♦ The fourth grade fixture on Raby # 2 was the only match that didn’t favour the Ghosts in Round Six. The Ghosts were unable to chase down North Sydney’s 170, falling just 9 runs short. Jesse Kennedy scored 35 runs in the attempt.

♦ The Ghosts fifth grade win topped off an excellent day for the club. Defending 186 runs, the Ghosts bowlers shared the wickets in dismissing the Bears for 151. Nathan Baker, Michael Strong and Ruedi Holbeck each took two wickets on the way to victory.

• Next week the Campbelltown Camden DCC hosts Parramatta in two day matches. First, third and fifth Grades will contest matches at the Raby Sports Complex.

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