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Ghosts win the hard way to keep finals hopes alive

They did it the hard way, but the Ghosts have kept their finals hopes alive with a hard fought victory over Blacktown Mounties on the weekend at Raby Sports Complex.

The win puts the Campbelltown Camden side just two points out of a finals spot with one match to go.

Ghosts, who are on 44 points on the ladder, two behind sixth placed UTS on 46, host Hawkesbury in the final round at Raby Sports Complex this Saturday in a one dayer.

Play will start from 10am.

Shivansh Pathak bowling on Saturday afternoon.

Ghosts will need to win and hope other results go their way if they are to make the 2019-20 finals.

Winning against Blacktown on Saturday meant that they are alive in the competition.

But at one stage the Ghosts looked like missing out as the match headed towards a draw.

Having taken three quick wickets early on, the Ghosts attack couldn’t buy a fourth, with the visitors putting up a spirited defence at everything the local bowlers threw at them.

With tea approaching and dark clouds circling Raby Sports Complex, the omens were not good for the Ghosts, who had made 285 batting first a week earlier.

But the floodgates opened after the Ghosts finally snared the fourth wicket with the Mounties on 172.

When another wicket fell on the same score, and a third two runs later, the writing was on the wall for the visitors, who were eventually all out for 207.

Spinner Shivansh Pathak took three wickets, while Sam Skelley, pictured below, and William Salzmann chimed in with two scalps each.

Ghosts allrounder Ben Patterson took just one wicket, but it was an important one – talented opener Jordan Gauci, who top scored for his side.

Patterson conceded just 19 runs off his 13 overs in another impressive performance from the young star.

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