Ghosts claim first win

At the crease: The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts picked up their first win of the season against Mosman at Raby on Saturday. Picture: Chris Lane
At the crease: The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts picked up their first win of the season against Mosman at Raby on Saturday. Picture: Chris Lane

The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts first grade team have posted their first win for the season at home in day two of round 11.

Following Mosman’s dismissal for 234 runs on day one – thanks to the bowling efforts of English test veteran Monty Panesar, 16-year-old debutante Nathan Baker, Jordan Browne, Luke Webb and Iain Carlisle – the Ghosts were in good stead for a run chase.

The Ghosts started positively with Aaron Yablsey playing his free-flowing game before being out LBW for 21.

His partner Mitch Carruthers was dismissed the same way for 37 but batted for a valuable two hours over both days.

Returning on day two as night watchman, Jordan Browne looked set to take his top order opportunity before falling LBW.

He also batted for more than two hours and scored 31.

It was valuable time, wearing the Mosman Whales bowlers down in the extreme heat at Raby.

However, day two belonged solely to Jack Preddy.

Preddy’s innings of 59 not out, batting at six in temperatures of 40 degrees in the middle, was a stand-out.

Preddy was determined and focused on keeping things fairly simple.

He hit the balls he could, left those he doubted and defended the ones he had to as the Mosman quicks threw everything they could at him.

Preddy’s innings led to many compliments, none more praising than the high profile Mosman and former Australian coach Warren Smith.

With 47 runs required Preddy was joined by all-rounder Luke Webb who went on to steer the Ghosts home, having also contributed the previous week with the ball.

Like Preddy, the experienced Mosman bowlers tried to intimidate Webb, hitting him on the helmet, shoulder and torso with good pace.

Webb finished 24 not out as the Ghosts passed Mosman seven wickets down.

As an exhausted Preddy looked for a cool drink, the Ghosts sung the team song so loud it could be heard at Mosman.

An elated Monty Panesar said: “I have been here 115 days. It has been a long wait but the boys have been tremendous.”