The O’Farrell Cup is coming back to Griffith.
Griffith beat Leeton by 39 runs on Sunday to claim the cup it last held in January of 2016.
Griffith captain Haydn Pascoe called the victory a great one and led the way for his side with the bat.
He top-scored with 75 but was quick to praise the batsmen around him for their efforts.
“Any time you score runs it’s good but it wasn’t only me,” Pascoe said.
“Pat [Whittard] got about 30 and young Reecey [Matheson] got 47 – he batted really well. Full credit to him.”
Griffith were in trouble early on as Josh Carn (5/31) produced an impressive opening spell to have Griffith at 2/11.
It was then that Pascoe strode to the crease.
He put on momentum-shifting partnerships with Dean Bennett (10), Pat Whittard (29) and Reece Matheson (47*).
Jamison Booth (2/24) finally removed Pascoe in the 41st over but Matheson stuck around and partnered Jamie Winkler (15). Matheson continued on and saw the score reach 9/206 after 55 overs.
Alex Flood (2/45) went on the offensive straight from the start of his spell and removed Nathan Tang in his second over.
Knocks from Brent Lawrence (26), Jarrod Lane (36) and Nathan Carn (51) brought Leeton right back into the match.
However, the run-rate was always going to be hard to overcome as Marc Tucker (2/23 from 10), Pascoe (1/8 from eight) and Liam Greenaway (2/19 from 12) mounted pressure.
With 10 overs to go, Leeton sat on 6/119 and needed to score 8.7 runs per over to win the match.
The built up pressure paid off for Griffith in the latter stages of the match as Charlie Cunial chimed in with two wickets and a run-out to help close out the match.
Pascoe said Greenaway’s spell was a game-changing one.
“They [Leeton] fought hard early on,” Pascoe said.
“They had a couple early partnerships but I think at the second drinks we had pegged them back.
“Liam bowled 12 overs for 2/19 and killed them in the middle stages.”
Griffith will now take on Young this Sunday.
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