Griffith retain O'Farrell Cup after defeating Young

They often say the smaller totals can be the hardest to chase and it proved to be the case when Griffith looked to defend the O’Farrell Cup against Young on Sunday.

It came right down to the last wicket with Young needing seven runs with plenty of overs in hand before Marc Tucker was able to take the final wicket after a diving catch from Reece Matheson.

It seemed an unlikely result when Griffith came off having only scored 100, but captain Haydn Pascoe said it was about getting into the right mindset before heading into the field.

“We spoke about it before we went out there about how small totals are the hardest ones to chase because you think you are just going to get it easy,” he said.

“There was a fair bit of enthusiasm out there especially when we got a couple of wickets before they even got a run and that sort of turned the flow in our favour.”

Things didn’t start well for Griffith when they lost Dom Brown (0) early to the bowling of Nick Hall (2/26) however Pascoe, and Phil Burge combined well to get Griffith moving in the right direction.

The introduction of Josh Hall into the attack looked to derail Griffith’s innings when he picked up Burge (18) and Pascoe (24) before taking a rare double hat-trick to have Griffith fall from 3/62 to 7/65 in the blink of an eye.

Jimmy Binks compiled a defiant 18 which helped Griffith to 100 before they were bowled out in 36 overs.

If they were to have any hope of defending the modest total, Griffith needed early wickets to put the pressure back on Young. Thanks to tight bowling from Satvir Chahal, who ripped through Young’s top order dismissing Scott Neville (0), Brendan Croese (0), Geoff Palmer (5) and Nick Hall (8), the visitors were struggling at 4/16.

Young captain Sam Langford (25) tried to lead a fightback along with Duncan Cameron (8) however the introduction of Charlie Cunial (2/21) and Theo Valeri (2/32) saw wickets continue to fall at regular intervals.

With the visitors sitting on 8/61, it looked like the game was set to go Griffith’s way but Jason Hall and Jacob Lucas gave Griffith one last scare before Chahal (5/31) picked up his fifth for the game before Tucker brought the game to an end.

“When it was two wickets to go, and they hit a couple of boundaries it made it a bit tighter than you would have liked, but we got there in the end,” Pascoe said.