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Pope rules over St George as Ghosts storm home

Ollie Pope scored his maiden hundred for the Ghosts

English import Ollie Pope scored his maiden hundred for the Ghosts to lead them to victory over St George on the weekend at Raby.

Campbelltown Camden Ghosts cricket club have continued their undefeated run this season after thumping powerhouse St George on the weekend.

A superlative century by English import Ollie Pope was the highlight of some solid batting by the Ghosts at Raby on Saturday.

Pope, the under 19 England representative, peeled 114 runs off the St George bowling.

He did it in style, too, facing just 112 balls and hitting eight boundaries and three sixes.

The Ghosts lost two wickets in reaching the first innings total set by the visitors.

A week earlier St George were dismissed for 189 and the Ghosts openers, Aaron Yabsley and Mitchell Carruthers, survived to stumps having accumulated 94 runs after facing 30 overs.

Yabsley was the first to go when play resumed on Saturday and the total was on 111.

The opener made 66, while first drop Philip Wells compiled 21 before he departed to make it 2 for 154.

By the time the Ghosts lost their third wicket, opener Mitchell Carruthers on 86, the match was as good as over.

Especially with the way Pope was batting at the other end.

The Ghosts decided against an early declaration and opted instead to give some of their players batting practice against St George.

At stumps the locals had lost five wickets for 350 and had the six first innings points safely in their bag.

Jaydyn Simmons made a good contribution with a 27 run haul before being dismissed, while at stumps Jordan Browne and Nathan Baker were undefeated on 10 and 19 respectively.

♦ This Saturday the Ghosts will again be at Raby where they will host North Sydney in round 5 in a two day match.

For once this season, the Ghosts will be the favourites.

They are now third on the NSW Premier Cricket ladder with 19 points, one behind leaders Manly after three first innings wins and one draw.

North Sydney are in 18th spot, two from the bottom after three losses and one draw so far this season.


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