Last Saturday’s round nine limited overs clash between Campbelltown Camden Ghosts and Randwick Petersham had as much drama and intrigue as a good detective novel.
And that was even before a ball was bowled at Raby Sports Complex.
The Ghosts won the game and the six premiership points, but did it with just four balls to spare, adding even more suspense to the day right to the end.
The visitors, Petersham Randwick, boast one David Warner in their ranks and some fans were hoping he would trek to Campbelltown for the match.
Alas the banned Aussie opener was not on the team list when it was named earlier in the week.
A mighty storm the night before meant play could not start at 10am as scheduled, so players, coaching staff, officials and fans had to be content with pitch inspection reports for much of the day.
Finally there was enough improvement in the conditions of Raby #1 for the umpires to declare play could get under way from 3pm in a shortened version of 28 overs each.
Campbelltown won the toss and invited Randwick Petersham to bat first.
The visitors made 163 off their 28 overs, losing six wickets in the process.
Ghosts bowler Luke Courtney bagged three wickets, with Jarred Lysaught chiming in with two Randwick Petersham scalps.
In reply, the Ghosts got stuck into the run chase with gusto, opener Aaron Yabsley scoring a rapid 55 from 60 balls faced.
He lost his partner, Jordan Browne (24) at when the total was 82 – half way to the 164 needed for victory.
While Yabsley was the rock at the top of the order, Jake Cormack (33 not out) and Jaydyn Simmons (17 not out) took it home with four balls to spare in what was a nervous time for the Ghosts, who finished with 4/166.
- This weekend the Ghosts head to Pratten Park, Ashifeld for a round 10 clash with Western Suburbs.