Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts march into women's first grade grand final

The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts women's cricket team on Saturday. Picture: Ghosts Cricket
The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts women's cricket team on Saturday. Picture: Ghosts Cricket

The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts remain in the hunt for the prestigious women's first grade premiership.

The Ghosts have qualified for the Cricket NSW grand final this weekend against Gordon at Blacktown International Sports Park.

Having already secured the minor premiership, the Ghosts took on St George-Sutherland Slayers last Sunday in a semi-final at Raby Oval. 

The home side sent the Slayers into bat in fine conditions.

The Slayers got off to a good start, nullifying a tremendous opening spell of bowling from Australian representative Lauren Cheatle.

The visitors lost their first wicket with the score at 40, courtesy of a fine catch by Stephanie Ellsmore off Yardley Polsen's bowling.

St George-Sutherland constantly turned the scoreboard over, but the Ghosts were exceptional in the field.

Cheatle showed safe catching in the outfield while Kellie Rowling's snare at cover and a brilliant one-handed catch by Isaballa Greig at short extra cover kept the spectators on their feet.

The visitors were 3-107 at one stage, but consistent bowling from the Ghosts helped restrict the Slayers to 179 runs. 

Spinners Clara Iemma and Polsen both claimed two wickets apiece.

In reply, the formidable Claire Koski led the charge for the Ghosts.

Koski added 65 runs and was finally dismissed with the scoreboard reading 3/151.

She was supported by Hannah Trethewy and Iemma, setting a platform for Dharmini Chauhan to score 44 runs.

The Ghosts secured victory with five overs to spare.

The Campbelltown-Camden ladies will aim to secure their inaugural women's first grade title this Sunday.

Play starts at 10am.