Ghosts unable to pass Sydney’s total

Looking good: Mitch Carruthers opened with Aaron Yabsley to kick off the Ghosts' batting innings at Raby on Saturday. Pictures: Jess Layt
Looking good: Mitch Carruthers opened with Aaron Yabsley to kick off the Ghosts' batting innings at Raby on Saturday. Pictures: Jess Layt

The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts had to settle for a draw at the weekend after failing to run down the Sydney Tigers’ day one total.

Day two picked up at Raby with the visitors declared at 9/363 – an impressive sum requiring a strong chase from the home side.

Ghosts Captain Jarrad Burke said the day’s play had been tough for his team, but they managed to stand up against quality opponents and deny them victory.

The Ghosts managed 7/281 before stumps, leaving the team unbeaten thus far in the first grade Sydney Premiership.

The Ghosts top order found the conditions slightly different for the first 90 minutes yet managed to get away to a good start before losing opener Aaron Yabsley leg before wicket for 32.

His fellow opening partner Mitchell Carruthers (20 runs) departed minutes later.

Number three bat Phillip Wells looked set for another dominating innings with some well-placed shots dissecting the field, but was bowled for 20. Jaydyn Simmons soon followed, unlucky to be dismissed LBW early, joining Wells in the shed soon after.

The top order collapse continued when Englishman Ollie Pope was caught LBW on just 12 runs.

At 5/97 the Ghosts were looking at an enormous challenge to avoid defeat.

Fine conditions: It took a while for the Raby wicket to flatten out before the Ghosts could really get firing on day two against the Tigers.

Fine conditions: It took a while for the Raby wicket to flatten out before the Ghosts could really get firing on day two against the Tigers.

Skipper Burke took to the crease next, where he remained until stumps.

He and Jordan Browne amassed 100 runs and respectability and a chance of victory seemed possible.

Browne was finally dismissed for a gutsy 53 runs with a back-foot cover drive to the fence being a highlight of his patient innings.

Young leg spinner Nathan Baker was the first to join his skipper, playing positively and aggressively before being dismissed for 35.

As the required run rate for victory increased, Burke and fast-bowling all-rounder Webb began shutting out the frustrated Sydney attack who threw everything at them.

They remained resilient, completely nullifying the Tigers attack for almost 90 minutes to obtain a draw.

Burke finished unbeaten on 87 runs, adding to his four wickets in the Sydney innings. The skipper selflessly denied himself a century by refusing to take risks running between wickets and playing patiently as the Tigers’ quicks fired up for the last hour with a new ball. Webb finished 10 not out having faced 62 balls.

The Ghosts are home in Grades 1, 2 and 4 against St George Cricket Club next week.