Griffith has lost the O’Farrell Cup in a quite convincing fashion after nearest rivals Leeton came to Exies Oval on Sunday afternoon
On a deck which had a bit in it, Griffith captain Haydn Pascoe knows it was his side’s start which really let them down on what he describes as a “typical Exies 1 wicket”.
“They were obviously just better on the day and I think the score shows it,” he said.
“It is never good losing top order wickets for not many runs. They just bowled well and batted pretty well at the end there.”
“There was a little bit in the deck but once you get in and get set it plays pretty true.”
The Wolves were able to take quick wickets as Josh Carn (2/13), and Daniel Muir (3/13) made the most of the early conditions as Griffith were struggling at 5/20 with their big performers in captain Haydn Pascoe (4) and Dean Bennett (2) back in the pavilion without troubling the scorers.
When Jamie Winkler (1) became Carn’s second victim the Griffith side were in trouble at 5/20.
Reece Matheson (15) and Lucas Conlan (29) were able to offer some resistance before Matheson, and Charlie Cunial (1) fell victim to the quick bowling of Jameson Booth (2/26) to leave the home side at 7/42.
Conlan stuck around with Marc Tucker, but when Tucker (18) was caught at slip by Steve Weckert off the bowling of Brent Lawrence (2/10), and Hugh Collins (1/5) picked up Conlan (29) in successive deliveries it spelt the end for Griffith as they were bowled out for 96 inside 32 overs.
Nathan Tang and Matt Dedini were able to put the Wolves in the driver's seat with an opening partnership of 40 before the breakthrough was finally made in 20th over when Tang (30) was stumped off the bowling of Bennett.
Leeton had time on their side as Jarred Lane, and Dedini (15) came together and got the side to 59 before both fell as Bennett (2/29) claimed his second of the game while Lane (11) was dismissed by Dom Brown (1/16).
The wickets only quickened the scoring up for the Wolves as Daniel Muir came out looking to get the game finished quickly.
Muir (27*) and Lawrence (12*) guided Leeton to a comfortable seven-wicket win and will take on Yass next weekend.