St George on top in first grade clash with Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts

The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts face an uphill battle when play resumes in their first grade clash with St George this weekend.

The Ghosts bowled well at times last Saturday at Raby Oval, but the visitors finished the day on 6/252.

St George captain Nick Stapleton won the toss and elected to bat first, but Ghosts pair Luke Webb and Iain Carlisle bowled well early to reduce St George to 2/29.

However, the visitors fought back through a 110-run partnership between Blake McDonald and Stapleton.

All-rounder Tanveer Sangha eventually made the vital breakthrough, trapping the dangerous McDonald lbw for 70, as the scoreboard read 3/139.

Stapleton continued to bat and combined with Luke Bartier for a 31-run stand.

Carlisle dismissed Bartier with a nice caught and bowled to reduce St George to 4/170.

Soon after, Sangha dismissed Stapleton for 72 and Carlisle chimed in by dismissing Blake Nikitaris as the visitors fell to 5/190.

However, Jonathon Rose (23 not out) and Tom Engelbrecht (39no) combined for an unbeaten 62-run partnership to take St George through to stumps.

Carlisle was the pick of Campbelltown-Camden’s bowlers with 3/43 from 20 overs.

Sangha also chipped in with two wickets, finishing with 2/99 from 32 overs.

The players will return to Raby Oval for day two of the clash this Saturday.

The match marks round 13 of the NSW Premier Cricket first grade season.