Historic run chase secures victory

The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts pulled off an historic victory at the weekend, chasing down a total of 429 runs in less than one day’s play.

The successful run-chase against Mosman was the highest of any grade in Ghosts history.

The team returned to Mosman on Saturday fully aware that a full day’s effort was required to maintain their narrow position at the top of the Sydney Premiership ladder.

Mosman batted for a further eight overs at Allan Border Oval, adding 61 runs to their overnight total of 7/368.

Allrounder Luke Webb took the only wicket of the morning spell.

The Ghosts bats then set about their massive task of scoring 430 runs in 85 overs.

Aaron Yabsley and Mitchell Carruthers opened the innings.

Yabsley went first, caught LBW to the spinner on 43.

Carruthers anchored the innings until he was dismissed for 127, with 240 Ghosts runs on the scoreboard.

The opened scored at a rate of almost a run a ball and cleared the fence four times in his maiden first grade century.

Philip Wells came in at three and played a nice innings of 54 runs – coincidentally his season average.

He was caught and bowled off a leading edge.

Ollie Pope’s last innings on Australia soil this season helped maintain the required run rate. Joined by Jordan Browne at the crease, the two young bats added almost a century to the board before the Englishman was given LBW for 67.

Browne partnered with the middle and lower order to steer the Ghosts home, finishing on 76 not out, a personal best.

The Ghosts finished 6/430 – the second-highest first grade score for the club.

The team will face fourth-placed Sydney University from atop the table next weekend at Raby.

A victory will ensure the Ghosts claim the minor premiership.

Full results ghostscricket.com.

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