The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts will face a mighty challenge next week with a run-chase of 338 on their hands.
The Ghosts faced North Sydney on the first day of the first grade round five NSW Premier Cricket match at Raby Oval on Saturday.
North Sydney went in to bat with openers Anjan Oberai and Benjamin Bryant, who didn’t hit double figures until the fifth over.
Bryant hit his stride in the sixth over, smashing three fours off the bowling of Luke Webb.
The good form was short lived though, when Bryant was caught and bowled by Samuel Skelly on 19 runs from 23 deliveries.
Justin Avendano came it at third and made an immediate impact, hitting four fours in the first seven balls faced, taking North Sydney’s score to 1/57 after 10 overs.
The run rate slowed then, crawling to 77 at the start of the 17th over, when Avendano was too dismissed caught and bowled, by Jarrad Burke.
Oberai and fourth bat James Newton brought the total into triple figures in the 25th over, before Oberai lost another partner. Newton was caught by Iain Carlisle on the back of Webb’s bowling.
Oberai was finally dismissed by Webb at the end of the 30th over, with figures of 43 runs from 94 balls. He clocked four fours in his spell.
Webb continued his scintillating form, taking another three wickets to finish 5/84 off 24 overs, with one maiden. Webb was also responsible for taking down North Sydney’s top-scorer, Thomas Jagot.
Jagot came in at number five and was the only visitor to notch up a tonne, hitting 129 from 201, with 11 fours.
The remaining batsmen helped North Sydney to a total of 338.
Burke added to his figures, taking the final wicket of the day to end 2/57, while Jordan Browne also picked up a wicket from his eight overs.
The Ghosts will continue the second day of the match on Saturday at Raby from 10.30am. They will hope to extend their unbeaten streak to five rounds.