Camden Campbelltown Ghosts Cricket club had a huge weekend planned for their matches against Bankstown (men’s) and Gordon (women’s), but the wet weather rained on the club’s parade, on and off the field.
The first grade match on Raby #1 was cancelled on Day 1 due to the ground being unplayable. Fifth grade suffered the same fate on Raby #3.
Third grade provided some hope getting a start at 11.30 and were 0/100 before heavy rain took them off the ground for the day.
The McDonalds Family Fun Day still went on with Ronald McDonald arriving, much to the delight of the children present.
First grade returned on Sunday morning in drizzling rain hopeful of a start on day 2 which would have allowed 120 overs of play. But the overnight rain had turned the outfield into a collection of puddles and no play was possible.
Sunday would have also have seen Ghosts Women’s first grade play Gordon and include Pink Stumps Day as another fundraiser for the Glen McGrath Foundation. The club had also planned a lunch for sponsors, special guests and volunteers.
All washed out but the club says Pink Stumps Day will be rescheduled somewhere in the near future.
Second Grade played their limited overs match against Bankstown, who amassed 7/241. Muir 3/49 and Constable 2/32 were the main contributors to the Ghosts bowling attack. Ghosts batsmen scored 157 in reply with Constable 58 and Muir 30 completing good doubles for the match.
Fourth grade batted first scoring 145 with Viles top scoring with 62 runs. Bankstown struggled against some very good bowling from Ghosts with Viles continuing his good form with 4/20. Despite this fight from Ghosts bowlers Bankstown passed the Ghosts score in the last over to win the match.
Ghosts play Parramatta next round, with first grade away at Old Kings Oval.
Across town, at Hawkesbury’s Owen Earle Oval, the visitors, Fairfield Liverpool Lions somehow avoided the wet weather and were able to pile on the runs when they batted, losing just four wickets for 326. Ben Rohrer scored 144, Wendel Delpechitra 70 and Jake Doran an unbeaten 75. After 82 overs were bowled, umpires stopped play because of bad light.