Solway haunts Ghosts all day
Premier Cricket Round 7 vs Campbelltown-Camden
A stellar innings from the irrepressible Daniel Solway enabled the Bankstown Sports Bulldogs to reach 310 at Memorial last Saturday. Campbelltown skipper Phil Wells won the toss and invited the home side to bat. Bankstown openers Peter Dignam and Daniel Solway put on a formidable 73 until Dignam was stumped for a fighting 24. His debut season in the top grade has been a successful one and he has consistently got the side off to a solid start. The classy left-hander is still searching for the really big score which is hopefully just around the corner. Brendan Smith hammered a useful 34 which kept the Bulldogs barking whilst all-rounder and Sydney Thunder recruit Nathan McAndrew chimed in with a timely 32. The personable rep player is a vital cog in the Bulldogs wheel and always seems to be amongst the runs and wickets. Mitch Brown his fellow all-rounder kept the Dion Bourne scoreboard ticking over at a rapid rate with a fine 37. However, the day belonged to super stroke-maker Solway. He is always in the thick of all things batting and plundered the spiritless Ghosts with 146 majestic runs. He delighted the crowd with 17 sizzling boundaries and 3 huge sixes. One of them soared high over mid-wicket and out of the ground taking some time to retrieve the ball! The Ghosts were vanquished but have a useful batting line-up next week spearheaded by former Bulldog Phil Wells.
At Raby 1 the Ghosts batted well to compile 302. Ryan Clark kept the Bulldogs in the hunt with 3-74 in a marathon 26 over spell. Wallace Marshall was his usual enthusiastic self and claimed 3-69 from 17.2 lively overs. Ben Le Bas was also on target and claimed two wickets in his spell. At stumps Bankstown were 0-7 in reply.
Bankstown amassed 5-307 at Jensen with run machine Mansuhk Singh continuing his wonderful season with a dynamic 82. He drove and cut superbly as the Ghosts were vanquished and dispirited. His batting heroics have been lauded throughout the district and he really is an outstanding prospect. Fellow opener Matt Dedes hammered an eye catching 58 which helped lay the foundation for the big score. Daniel Hayes threatened to take the game away from Campbelltown as he plundered an unconquered 72 not out. He hammered the hapless bowlers to all parts of the ground with his vast array of strokes.