Camden Ghosts attack takes its toll

CAMPBELLTOWN Camden District Cricket Club lost the toss in all five grades in round three of the Sydney Cricket Association competition against Bankstown.

First grade captain Scott Coyte took three early wickets to set the scene for a successful day at Bankstown Oval.

Coyte bowled quickly on a placid wicket and finished with 4-38 and was well supported by Brendan Jones, who cleaned up the tail to achieve great figures of 3-14 off 10 overs.

The Bankstown middle order achieved starts, but spinners Nathan Brain and Arjun Bagga, with assistance from fast bowler Hamish Oxley, removed them before they could make too much of an impression.

Bankstown were all out for 176 runs.

In the Ghosts innings Australian under-19 captain Damien Mortimer was dismissed LBW when the team score was zero.

Partner Josh Clark batted patiently and settled in against a quality attack that included former New Zealand Test bowler Daryl Tuffey.

Clark was joined by Ryan Gibson. They put on 48 runs before Gibson was out LBW.

Gibson accumulated a classy 34 runs before Coyte joined Clark and steered the Ghosts through to stumps, taking the total to 2-97, leaving the Ghosts 80 runs to gain on Saturday with eight wickets in hand.

Clark finished with 22 not out from 130 balls on a slow, low-bouncing wicket.

Coyte scored a run every two balls for his 35 n.o.

On Raby Oval, second grade ended the day at 3-21, chasing Bankstown's 300 runs.

The visitors put on a demoralising last-wicket partnership of 73 runs.

Unable to capitalise on a good start with the new ball, Ben Bourke and Tristan Muir finished with three wickets each on a pitch that offered little to bowlers.

Third grade dismissed Bankstown for 135 runs.

Chris Inger and Josh Appleton bowled superbly, and Inger took his second five-wicket haul in consecutive matches, with 5-25.

Appleton's 3-16 off seven overs was admirable.

The Ghosts require 47 runs on Saturday, with eight wickets in hand.

Opener Peter McKell will resume on 55 n.o.

On the flat Raby Oval 2, the young fourth grade team had a tough afternoon.

Bankstown scored 7-298 and look set to finish their innings with a good score.

Fifth grade require 241 runs in their match at Bankstown.

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