The Campbelltown Camden Ghosts first grade team is in a prominent position heading into day two of the Sydney Premiership Round Four fixture against the fancied St George team.
Winning the toss, Ghosts Captain Jarrad Burke sent the Dragons in to bat on Saturday. Burke’s opening bowlers immediately backed their skipper’s decision and had the Saints in early trouble, dismissing both opening bats for four runs only minutes into play.
Despite attempting to consolidate, St George found it difficult for the rest of the day and lost wickets at regular intervals. The next two batsmen were dismissed with the score on 30 and no pairings scored more than 35 runs in the innings.
Only Dylan Smith, batting in the middle order, provided any resistance to the Ghosts’ dominant bowlers, hitting 61 runs.
The Ghosts bowlers were impressive. Particularly the 19-year-old quicks Sam Skelly (3/27) and Iain Carlisle (2/32).
The duo who were well supported by Luke Webb (1/35).
However, it was Burke who collected another four wickets (for 58 runs) adding to his remarkable early season figures of 18/219.
Burke, who sits comfortably on top of the Sydney Premier Cricket bowling statistics, cleaned up the Dragons’ tail, after earlier having caught and bowled Luke Bartier, who was batting at four.
The Dragons were dismissed for 189 in the 67th over, leaving the Ghosts opening bats the enormous challenge of facing the St George attack for 30 overs before stumps.
They were boosted by the inclusion of Australian opening bowler Josh Hazlewood, in preparation for the coming Ashes series.
Mitchell Carruthers and Aaron Yabsley immediately set about batting positively and while they respected Hazelwood’s bowling, they dominated the attack through to stumps. The Ghosts finished at 0/94.
Yabsley played freely for 57 not out. Carruthers finished unbeaten on a patient 35.