Griffith Blue bowls over the Reds

Cricket

GRIFFITH Blue's bowling attack was firing on all cylinders as the side claimed a huge 10-wicket win over Griffith Red in Sunday's Milliken Shield derby at Exies No.2 Oval.

Led by paceman Blake Argus (3-13), who clean-bowled three of Griffith Red's top batsmen, the Blue team was simply too strong in all facets of the game, knocking over the opposition for just 69.

Only one Red batsman, Connor Bock (20), scored a double-figure total, with the youngster putting in a monster effort under pressure to stay in the middle for 21 overs.

Red's Alex Robinson and Harry Rowston dug in for a while but the remainder of the batsman provided little resistance.

The remainder of the wickets were shared around for Griffith Blue with Sam Kelly (2-2) and Judd Stevenson (2-6) the only other multiple wicket-takers.

Tom Greenaway finished with a tidy 1-5 from his four-over spell while Beg Signor, Quade Stevenson and J Hutchinson claimed the other Red scalps.

Griffith Blue had little trouble chasing down the required total and lost only one wicket Sam Kelly (0) along the way.

Opening batsmen Dean Bennett (20) and Ed Toole (26) both retired after making strong starts, while Greenaway (8 not out) and Piri (1 not out) were the men at the crease when the match was won.

Angus Bartter took Red's only wicket, trapping Kelly leg before.

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IN the Ross Shield, a half-century from Leeton opener Mackenzie Saddler steered the visitors to a narrow 13-run win over Griffith Blue at Exies No.1 Oval.

Saddler retired on 51 and together with strong contributions from Cooper Sharman (26 not out) and Nathan Tang (21), his score powered Leeton to 171 all out at the end of their 40 overs.

Griffith Blue's bowlers tried hard all day and had their best spell in the middle of Leeton's innings, when Jack Favell and Max Jones combined to claim three key middle-order wickets in the space of six balls.

Jones finished with 2-28 while Blue's Dylan Gillett also bagged a pair of wickets.

Tight bowling from Leeton's attack stopped the home side from building any momentum with the bat, even though Griffith Blue still had one wicket in hand at the end of the innings.

Blue looked in real strife at 5-59 but a 57-run stand between Favell (44) and Jones (41) gave them genuine hope of chasing down the target.

However, that hope was extinguished when the pair was dismissed, with Griffith's tail unable to keep the run rate high enough for victory.

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