The Camden Campbelltown Ghosts may have lost their third match of the season but there were some positive signs from the match against Sutherland.
They were behind on the first innings after a batting collapse on day one of the match at Glenn McGrath Oval and it was an uphill battle from there.
Batting first the Ghosts managed just 124 in their first dig, with Sutherland declaring at 167 in response.
At stumps on the first day the Ghosts in their second innings were 1 for 17, still needing 26 runs to make Sutherland bat again.
And that would have been the first target when play resumed on the second day last Saturday as Sydney’s big wet event was approaching.
The young Ghosts ticked that box, reaching 5 for 143 before play was stopped early.
That put the Ghosts 100 runs ahead of the home side, but we’ll never know if their bowlers would have been able to do the job and win the game outright.
But it was a vast improvement on day one and indeed the first two games of the season.
What’s more, young gun Jackson Isakka, above, belted the bowlers to make 86, his biggest tally so far this season.
The allrounder hit nine boundaries and two sixes in his innings, which lasted two hours and 12 minutes.
A lot is expected of Isakka this season and this innings could be the start of something big for him and the Ghosts.
The other positive from this match was the five wicket haul of another young Ghosts allrounder, Ben Patterson.
If these two can achieve some consistency the Ghosts will have a very good season.
It’s certainly something to build on and help the Ghosts get off the bottom of the 20 team ladder. They are actually running second last, with Blacktown just below them.
But for the Ghosts it all starts in round four – weather permitting – when they take on Parramatta at Old Kings Oval in a limited overs clash this weekend.
Parramatta (2/89) and Fairfield Liverpool Lions (244) drew their round three match, which was also affected by the wet weather.