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Young Ghosts fall agonisingly short again

Another wicket falls on Saturday.

The Campbelltown Camden Ghosts have once again started the season with two losses from their first two games.

After a narrow loss to Northern Districts in round one, the young Ghosts fell short against neighbouring club Fairfield Liverpool.

The match was played at Raby Sports Complex over two Saturdays, with Liverpool batting first and reaching a total of 256 runs.

In reply, the Ghosts could only manage 244 before they were all out – just 13 fewer than was required for victory.

There was no batting collapse from the home side, just a steady fall of wickets through the day as the visitors stuck to their task of keeping the Ghosts under 256.

A worrying statistic for Ghosts coach Graeme Smith was that six of his batsmen reached 20 runs but lost their wickets before they got to 30.

If each of them had scored just a couple of runs more the match would have been tied.

Also of concern was that five Ghosts batters fell leg before wicket: skipper Phil Wells (8), Brock Larance (0), Ben Patterson (22), Adam Whatley (26) and Jackson Isakka (20), pictured from round one.

One bright spot for the home side was the performance of opener Jonathon Sammut, who made a commendable 71 before he too saw the umpire raise the finger.

Sammut spent 228 minutes at the crease, faced 178 balls and hit 8 boundaries before he spooned a catch.

The Ghosts are off to Sutherland and Glenn McGrath Oval this Saturday for round three of the premiership.

Both teams will be looking for their first win of the season from the two day clash.

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