Campbelltown Ghosts get the better of Bankstown Bulldogs on day one

A Campbelltown Ghosts bowler steams in. Picture: Chris Lane
A Campbelltown Ghosts bowler steams in. Picture: Chris Lane

The Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club’s first grade side sit in a good position at the half way stage of their crucial clash against Bankstown Bulldogs.

The Bankstown innings was completed late in the day after their tail order managed to salvage what potentially could have been a disaster for the Bulldogs, who were all out for 233.

On the beautifully prepared Raby surface, 19-year-old Sam Skelly ripped through the Bankstown top order before lunch.

Skelly dismissed three of the top four batsman with wicket keeper Ollie Pope taking two of the catches and the other batsman falling after being bowled.

As the Ghosts continued to apply the pressure the visitors found themselves in the precarious position of 6/92 before their tail settled in on the flat Raby wicket.

A solid innings of 73 runs from number eight batsman Kyle Brockley managed to salvage some respectability for the visitors.

Skelly finished with figures of 4/33 off 16 overs – which included six maidens.

He was well supported by Jarred Lysaught who finished with figures of 3/44 and Pope who also recorded five catches.

Luke Webb (2/66) and Jarrad Burke (1/46) shared the remaining wickets.

The Ghosts return to Raby next Saturday to chase 234 for victory.

Openers Mitchell Carruthers and Aaron Yabsley will lead the local’s chase when play starts at 10.30am.