One win from five grades: Ghosts do it tough again

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Monty Panesar took two wickets against Bankstown
Monty Panesar took two wickets against Bankstown but it wasn’t enough to help the Ghosts first grade on the weekend.

The Camden Campbelltown Ghosts cricket club had another weekend to forget, with just one win from the five grades.

Fifth grade was the only Ghosts team to record victory, their third of the season.

The Ghosts easily accounted for Bankstown even though they lost the toss and were sent in to bat.

As in all grade matches, this was a limited overs match because day one the previous weekend was cancelled due to extreme heatwave conditions.

Ghosts finished their 50 overs at 6/224, with Jesse Kennedy’s undefeated 86 the standout innings.

And the team also did a good job with the ball, dismissing the home team 40 runs short of the target.

In first grade, which was played at Bankstown Oval, the Ghosts, chasing 262 for victory, collapsed to be all out for just 116.

Luke Webb and Monty Panesar took two wickets each.

The Ghosts were actually looking good early in the chase, losing just one wicket for 66 runs.

But when opener Aaron Yabsley was dismissed to make it 2 for 66 it triggered a mini collapse, with the Ghosts losing 4 for 11.

This placed the side under pressure in the run chase with the Ghosts losing a further 5 for 22 to be all out for 116.

• In second grade the Ghosts bowlers did well on Raby 1 to keep the opposition to 214.

The run chase got off to an excellent start with the opening partnership of over 100.

Ash Paddison was excellent on his way to 90 and received good support from Vincent Hreszczuk (23).

However, despite a late cameo of 26 from 20 balls by Jack Bray, the Ghosts were unable to reach the target.

• Third grade were bowled out for 159 and Bankstown reached the target for the loss of only three wickets.

• In fourth grade, also played at Raby, Bankstown were bowled out for 199 and in response the Ghosts were dismissed for 180, 20 runs short of victory.

Next week the Ghosts are up against Randwick-Petersham in the last two day game of the season.

First grade is on Raby 1 with the day starting at 10:30am, with 3rd and 5th grade also at Raby.

Mark Richardson


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