A tremendous batting performance from openers Clara Iemma and Claire Koski paved the way for victory and the first ever NSW Women’s Premier Cricket competition minor premiership for Campbelltown Camden Ghosts on Sunday.
Chasing 179 for victory, the Ghosts easily defeated second placed Parramatta after a brilliant 146 run partnership between Iemma and Koski at Raby.
The Ghosts ladies now head into a home semi final against St George-Sutherland this coming Sunday, with play starting at 10am at Raby #1 Oval.
Yesterday, Ghosts captain Hannah Trethewy won the toss against Parramatta and invited the visitors to bat first.
From the moment opening bowler Claire Koski delivered a brute of a first ball, Parramatta knew they were in for a tough day at the office.
Ghosts pace bowlers Koski, Hannah Darlington and Stephanie Ellsmore all bowled tightly and claimed a wicket each to have the visitors 3/120 after 35 overs.
But it was spinner Yardley Polsen who did the damage, claiming 3/28 off 10 overs.
Darlington (3/24) and Koski (2/39) cleaned up the tail, leaving Parramatta to defend 178 runs.
In reply, the Ghosts reached the total easily, off the back of the tremendous opening stand between Koski and Iemma.
The former NSW premier’s daughter in particular delighted the locals with her control of the Parramatta attack.
The left hander played shots to all parts of the ground and by the time she departed after a classy 58, the damage had been done.
Koski, who by this stage was in cruise control, was joined by Australian Under 19 Hannah Darlington (12 not out) and the pair took the Ghosts across the line with eight overs to spare.
Koski finished with 86 not out, an innings that included seven boundaries.
It was another tremendous innings from the all-rounder following her century last time she appeared in a Ghosts cap.
- The Ghosts men’s first grade have slumped to last on the ladder with one round to go after going down to North Sydney on the weekend. They are away to Sydney in the final game of the season this weekend.