Ghosts drop to third on premiership ladder after tame draw

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 Philip Wells
Ghosts batsman Philip Wells made 94 against Eastern Suburbs on Sunday, the third time this season he’s been dismissed in the nervous nineties.

The Campbelltown Camden Ghosts cricket club first grade team had a weekend it would rather forget.

On Saturday they could only manage a draw in the round 11 two day Belvidere Cup match with University of NSW.

It meant the Ghosts only picked up one competition point and as a result dropped out of the top spot on the ladder for the first time this season.

They are now in third place on 45 points, behind new competition leaders Sutherland (49) and second placed Parramatta (46). Sydney University is fourth with 43 points.

On Sunday, Campbelltown Camden were bundled out of the limited overs competition when they went down to Eastern Suburbs in a quarter final clash at Raby.

The bright side of that loss is that first grade can now concentrate solely on the premiership and the four remaining rounds.

The Ghosts will take on Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval in round 12, then host Bankstown at Raby in round 13, will be away to Mosman in the penultimate round and then return home to host Sydney University in the final round.

Against UNSW and having scored 9/337 (declared), the Ghosts would have been reasonably confident going into day two last Saturday.

But they just could not take the last two wickets and at stumps the home side were 8/309.

Skipper Jarrad Burke picked up another four wickets to be the pick of the bowlers, but it was to no avail.

Burke won the toss on Sunday and once again elected to bat in the limited overs quarter final at Raby against Easts.

After some solid batting from most of the top order, the Ghosts finished with 8/264 after their allotted 50 overs.

Top scorers were Phil Wells with 97, Pope (49), and Yabsley (40).

But they paled into insignificance compared with the demolition job put on by NSW and Australian batsman Nic Maddinson for the visitors.

He blasted 113 runs off just 56 balls to help steer Easts to a comfortable victory at Raby and a semi final spot.

The visitors reached the victory target losing just five wickets and with three overs to spare.

Lower Grades
Second: Campbelltown Camden 10/160 & 10/123, Uni of NSW 10/140 & 7/95, M Hudson 55; B Bourke 28; J Appleton 4/26 & 2/38; F Parker 4/39;

Third: Campbelltown Camden 172 & 1/76 Uni of NSW 9/187 (dec), C Passlow 3/44; J Mills 70*; Q Passlow 50* & 35;

Fourth: Campbelltown Camden 10/263 Uni of NSW 10/157, A Mishra 78 & 3/39; K Stoneham 44; R Wickramanayake 36; R Ray 33 & 2/13;

Fifth: Campbelltown Camden 10/91 & 10/61, Uni of NSW 2/97 (dec) & 2/61, M Richardson 27.










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