It’s do or die this week for the Griffith Creet Cup team when they travel to Lake Cargelligo.
With a win, Griffith will almost certainly propel themselves into second place on the ladder and give themselves a shot at defending the title they won in 2015.
In their way is a Lake Cargelligo side that sits in second place, a team that dismantled a strong Hay side last round.
There's enough depth in Griffith cricket that we can field two competitive teams and still put up a strong 11, we're going over there with expectations to win and make the final
Griffith come into the match having lost their last two games in convincing fashion.
Griffith captain Scott Smith wasn’t worried about past results.
He said the team knew how important the match would be and that they’d be up for the task.
“There's enough depth in Griffith cricket that we can field two competitive teams and still put up a strong 11,” he said.
“We're going over there with expectations to win and make the final.”
He mentions two teams because on the same day Griffith will also field an O’Farrell Cup team in a match against rivals Leeton.
While the team might not be the same week in week out, for Smith that wasn’t much of an issue.
“Rep cricket’s tough,” he said.
“You often don't field the same team two weeks in a row.
“On paper we have a good team, if everyone does their part we'll give it a good go.”
Smith doesn’t know much about the competition or the field they’re playing at, but he expects a tough match.
“I don't know much on who they've got playing for them,” he said.
“They beat Hay and and Hay have shown that they've got a good team.
“Playing teams from out of town, you know more about yourself.”
He said the game plan would be a simple one.
“If you're bowlers come into the game in form, then hopefully they bowl well.”
“Hold your catches, bat the full allotment of overs and if do the simple things right you’ll always give yourself a chance to win.”
The two teams didn’t face off last year as Cargelligo forfeited. The match will start at 10.30am on Sunday 31.
The tentative Griffith team: Scott Smith (c), Andrew Potter, Toby Polkinghorne, Logan Matheson, Matt Peruzzi, Jack Favell, Kierren Williams, Tom Valeri, Charlie Cunial with a few spots still to be named.