Ghosts bust Bulldogs
A lacklustre bowling performance saw the Bankstown Sports sponsored Bulldogs lose to a determined Campbelltown Ghosts outfit at Memorial Oval last Saturday.
Chasing the Bulldogs 310 the visitors started with a stutter when Aaron Yabsley was dismissed by Nathan McAndrew for 19. However, a Ghost in the shape of former Bulldogs star Phil Wells joined Charlie Dummer in a 73 run second wicket partnership before Dummer was trapped LBW by Ben Taylor for 35. The game of cat and mouse continued with Oliver Robinson (14) and Jake Cormack (39) providing solid support for Wells who became another Ben Taylor victim, caught by Kyle Brockley for 70, leaving the game evenly poised with the visitors 4/162. With the score on 5/188 the Campbelltown innings looked a bit shaky but a 95 run sixth wicket partnership between Jayden Simmons and Jordan Browne led the visitors to a well-deserved victory reaching 6/313. The Bulldog bowlers toiled hard in the hot conditions but could not breakthrough at vital times in the innings. Consistent off-spinner Ben Taylor was the best performer with 2/74 off 23 overs. Sydney Thunder all-rounder Nathan McAndrew was not able to bowl at full pace due an injury, but he was economical with 1/36 off 10 overs and Kyle Brockley and Mitch Brown snared one wicket apiece.
The Tony Clark led Second Grade continued its fine run of form with a comfortable win against Campbelltown at Raby Oval. Chasing Campbelltown’s 302 the Bulldogs scored 5/303 to take the points. Joel Brockley (58) and young gun Zeeshaan Ahmed (58) got the Bulldogs away to a great start with a 78-run opening stand. Ethan Leten added 25 at first drop before the experienced pairing of Chris Ridley (55) and Mitch Hinds (62) maintained the Bulldogs momentum in the middle order. The hugely talented all-rounder Ben Le Bas grasped the challenge of seeing the Bulldogs home with a confident cameo innings of 37 not out.
Bankstown amassed 5-307 at Jensen on day one and this total proved too big a task for the visiting Campbelltown side were dismissed for 237. The bowling honours were shared by dogged paceman Chris Stefanish (3/65 from 16 overs) and ever-reliable Mohammad Hossain (3/43 off 12 overs). Stefanish and Hossain received great support from Daniel Slane (2/46 off 16.2 overs), Rhys Ward (1/24 off 9 overs) and Niran Wijewardene (1/48 off 12 overs).
Resuming at 0-54 chasing Campbelltown’s modest total of 145 the Bulldogs Harry Brett added six