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Ghosts show batting backbone to avoid outright defeat

A defiant second innings batting display helped Camden Campbelltown Ghosts avoid a humiliating outright defeat against Bankstown on the weekend.

The young Ghosts side were under the pump heading into the second day of the round seven match at Bankstown Oval.

They made a paltry 132 batting first a week earlier, with the home side well on top after declaring their first innings at 7 for 194, giving Bankstown a 62 run lead.

But if the Ghosts thought their problems were over they were wrong, losing three wickets by stumps to be 3 for 25 at the close of play.

It meant they still needed to score 37 runs just to make Bankstown bat again.

Well, whatever the coaching staff did during the week worked, because this was a different Ghosts team batting on day two.

Five batsmen made good scores, which helped the Ghosts reach 250 by the time they were all out.

After their solid effort against Bankstown on the weekend, the Ghosts first grade return to Raby Oval for their last match before Christmas, when they will host Manly.

This was a much better performance form the Ghosts and it meant shutting out any Bankstown hopes of an outright victory.

Young allrounder Jackson Isakka made 29 batting at three, and there were good efforts from Ben Patterson (33) and Adam Whatley (34).

But the biggest contributions were made by Brent Hardy, who made 55 vital runs, and, most of all, William Salzmann, who was undefeated on 59.

Bankstown faced just four overs in their second innings, losing two wickets for 37 runs.

Ghosts will host Manly at Raby Oval in their last match before Christmas, a two day clash starting this Saturday.

Play starts at 10.30am.

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Fairfield Liverpool Lions, who drew their last match with UNSW at Rosedale Oval, are off to Penrith for their last match before Christmas.

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