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Ghosts snatch defeat from jaws of victory

Camden Campbelltown Ghosts have slumped to another defeat after going down to UTS North Sydney in a limited overs match on Saturday.

Campbelltown won the toss and batted first, managing just 209 after 49.5 overs.

The scorecard tells the story of woe: four Ghosts batsmen got just two runs each, while a fifth batter made just one run.

The Ghosts were actually travelling well at 4 for 168, but then lost four wickets in the space of 13 runs, cruelling their chances of a commanding total at North Sydney Oval.

A very good innings of 61 from MC Carruthers batting at three set up the Ghosts for a big total, but it wasn’t to be.

Carruthers was only at the crease for 65 minutes and faced just 74 balls.

He hit one boundary and two sixes.

Young allrounder Jackson Isakka, pictured, chimed in with a neat 40 and Luke Webb contributed another valuable 28 runs.

But a batting collapse, starting with the loss of Brock Larance (17) when the score was 168, was the fatal blow for this young team.

Four runs later Ben Patterson lost his wicket, followed by Luke Webb after just another five runs had been added on.

UTS were made to work hard to reach 210 for victory.

They lost seven wickets in the process, but in the end it was a relatively comfortable victory to the home side.

The defeat leaves the Ghosts second last on the ladder and a long away from the top six.

They return home to Raby in round 10, when they will host Western Suburbs this Saturday.

Elsewhere, Liverpool continued their good form when they defeated St George to take the six premiership points.

St George batted first and made 243.

Liverpool won the game after reaching 246 for the loss of seven wickets.

The win has propelled the Lions to fifth spot on the ladder, with six rounds remaining this season.

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