Ghosts fall from top spot

The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts have registered their first loss of the season, going down to Bankstown in round five of the NSW Premier Cricket first grade at the weekend.

The one-day match was held at Raby on Saturday, and the defeat means the locals have slipped from first to fourth on the ladder.

Bankstown won the toss and elected to bat.

Opener Mark Stoneman was dismissed in the third over for five runs off the bowling of Luke Webb.

But his partner Daniel Solway wasn't ready to go so early and knuckled down for a strong innings.

Third bat Nick Carruthers helped Solway carry Bankstown past the 100-run mark, before he too was dismissed on 45, falling to a run out.

Mitch Brown added just one to the total before captain Jarrad Burke sent him back to the sheds. Chris Ridley was next in, taking Bankstown to 147 before being dismissed by Jaydyn Simmons.

Ben Taylor (20) and Ben Le Bas (5) were next to go, leaving the team 6/213.

Finally, after more than three hours in the middle, Webb was able to dismiss Solway on 122, the day's top scorer, leaving Bankstown 7/244 with four balls remaining.

But the excitement didn't end there - Webb bowled former Ghosts teammate Jarred Lysaught the very next ball, setting himself up for a hat trick.

He wouldn't be raising the ball, however, with his next delivery going down as a dot.

Bankstown finished their innings 8/245.

The Ghosts had a hard time keeping their batsmen in the middle, with both openers - Aaron Yabsley (13) and Nathan Glynn (2) - and third bat Phil Wells (6) falling cheaply.

But Harry Swindells was determined to stick around, going through five partners before eventually being dismissed by Taylor on 74 runs after two hours.

Simmons also failed to shine with the bat, scoring just three runs from 13 deliveries. Burke added 21 to the scoresheet, then Ben Patterson was taken LBW on 11.

Tushaar Garg followed up Patterson's dismissal with another scalp, bowling Jackson Isakka on the next delivery. But he too failed to record a hat trick.

Swindells was next to fall, followed by Webb who was caught and bowled by Taylor on three runs.

Taylor also took Sam Skelly LBW for a golden duck the next ball, leaving the Ghosts' youngest ever first grade debutante Will Salzmann (just 15 years old) the only not-out batsman on seven runs from seven balls.

The Ghosts were all out for 144 from 41.3 overs.

Taylor was Bankstown's best bowler, taking four wickets for 32 runs.

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