The so far undefeated Campbelltown Camden Ghosts cricket club will face another daunting task when play resumes this Saturday in their round five match with North Sydney at Raby Sports Complex.
While they may be undefeated, the Ghosts have had to do it all the hard way in their first four encounters this season.
Last Saturday, day one of the two day match, North Sydney won the toss and chose to bat first at Raby #1.
At stumps, the visitors had amassed 338 runs for the loss of nine wickets after facing almost 98 overs.
The Ghosts bowlers toiled away and took wickets at regular intervals but the North Sydney batting order was solid for most of the day.
First wicket fell after 36 runs and Norths were 2 for 77 when the second one went down.
They were 3 for 100, then lost a quick wicket after seven runs were added to the total to be 4/107.
But the Ghosts bowlers just couldn’t press home the advantage and North Sydney put on 103 for the fifth wicket partnership to restore parity.
At 5 for 201 the visitors were vulnerable to a batting collapse, but it didn’t eventuate.
Luke Webb was the pick of the Ghosts bowlers after he picked up five wickets for 84 runs off 24 overs.
Chiming in with a couple of wickets was – who else – the Ghosts’ inspirational leader in 2017-18, Jarrad Burke.
The skipper ended up with figures of 2/57 off 27.3 overs.
He will once again need to be the rock of the batting when play resumes on Saturday.
Burke needs just 134 runs to reach the 10,000 first grade runs milestone from a long and illustrious career.
A big hundred on Saturday will help him get there sooner rather than later, and the Ghosts will be on their way to another victory, as well.