A six wicket haul from fast bowler William Salzmann helped Camden Campbelltown Ghosts to victory over Blacktown Mounties on the weekend.
It was anything but an easy win for the young Ghosts side, who batted first a week earlier and made 212.
Blacktown, playing at home, made a good fist of the chase, and were 4 for 118 at one stage.
But Salzmann, pictured above, had a blinder and put paid to their hopes.
He finished with figures of 6 for 51 off his 17 overs, which included one maiden.
Brock Larance chimed in with two wickets, while allrounder Ben Patterson picked up one scalp.
The win helped the Ghosts move away from the dreaded wooden spoon territory, and indeed the six premiership points meant they overtook Hawkesbury on the ladder.
There are three matches left in the 2020-21 season, with the Ghosts hosting Penrith this Saturday at Raby Sports Complex.
This is another match the Ghosts could win, given Penrith aren’t having a great season either and just above them on the ladder.
The Ghosts are again at home in the penultimate round, hosting UNSW at Raby.
Both round 13 and 14 are two day matches.
In the 15th and final round, the Ghosts are off to Owen Earle Oval where they will play home side, Hawkesbury in a limited overs clash.
Mathematically the Ghosts can still make the finals, but they will need some superlative performances from some of their young stars.
Something along the lines of what Salzmann did on the weekend, perhaps.
- Fairfield Liverpool Lions easily accounted for Bankstown in their round 12 match at Rosedale Oval. The Lions, needing 185 for victory, reached the target after losing only four wickets in the process. They are now in fourth spot on the ladder and look set to play finals cricket.