Campbelltown Camden Ghosts sit in a good position after the first day’s play of their crucial first grade fixture against Bankstown at Raby.
They need to score 234 next Saturday for victory and six premiership points, but it could have been so much better.
They had Bankstown in the precarious position of 6/92, but a solid innings of 73 runs from number eight batsman Kyle Brockley averted disaster for the visitors.
Brockley, with some help from the rest of the tail, helped his team to a respectable 233 before they were all dismissed.
The visitors had won the toss and elected to bat, but 19-year-old Ghosts bowler Sam Skelly ripped through the Bankstown top order before lunch.
Skelly dismissing three of the Bankstown top four with good support from wicket keeper Ollie Pope, having previously clean bowled the Bulldogs star batsman Daniel Solway in the fourth over of the day.
Skelly led the bowling attack to finish with 4/33 off 16 overs, including six maidens.
He was well supported by Jarred Lysaught 3/44, while wicketkeeper Ollie Pope enjoyed his day taking five catches.
Despite some lapses in the field, Phillip Wells once again caught exceptionally well at slip.
Luke Webb 2/66 and Jarrad Burke 1/46 shared the remaining wickets.
The Ghosts return to Raby next Saturday to chase 234 for victory.
Openers Mitchell Carruthers and Aaron Yabsley will lead the locals’ chase when play starts at 10.30am.
2nd Grade: Campbelltown Camden 10/194 Bankstown 3/123 A. Paddison 75; N. Glynn 43; J. Appleton 27; F. Parker 2/22;
3rd Grade: Bankstown 5/274 (dec) Campbelltown Camden 2/15 T. Woods 2/35; C. Passlow 2/65;
4th Grade: Campbelltown Camden 10/197 Bankstown 3/47 A. Harvey 49x; A. Mishra 3/20; M. Clarke 31; J. Campbell 31;
5th Grade: Bankstown 10/147 Campbelltown Camden 1/94 M. Brown 4/44; K Brien 3/29; S Mohan 2/15; T. O’Keefe 49; L. Jayawardena 30x;