Pope shines as Dragons are trounced

The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts’ first grade side have kept their unbeaten season alive, defeating St George in the fourth round of the NSW Premier Cricket at their Raby home ground on Saturday.

Day two picked up with Ghosts’ openers Aaron Yabsley and Mitch Carruthers at the crease after the bowlers having dismissed the Dragons for 189 the week before.

St George had to make do without star guest paceman Josh Hazlewood, who bowled 10 overs on the first day. The Ghosts extended their terrific start with the opening pair bringing their partnership to 111 runs before Yabsley was dismissed by Trent Copeland on 66.

Philip Wells and Carruthers brought the score up to 154 before the third bat was taken by Andrew Walsh.

Carruthers was also eventually dismissed by Walsh on 88 runs, including four fours and a six.

However, young Brit Ollie Pope was the true stand-out, hitting more than a run a ball to notch up 114 runs from 112 deliveries.

Pope smashed eight fours and three sixes before being taken by Copeland, proving his worth as the Ghosts’ star import this season.

Jaydyn Simmons (27), Jordan Brown (10 not out) and Nathan Baker (19 not ou) also added to the Ghosts’ hugely impressive total of 5/350.

Matthew Lacey was the only other Dragons bowler to take a wicket, dismissing Simmons in the 76th over.

Campbelltown-Camden will next face North Sydney at home this Saturday. North Sydney have yet to register a win this season, coming off three losses and a draw.