GRIFFITH have secured a place in the Creet Cup grand final after defeating defending champions Lake Cargelligo.
Having won the toss on a hard deck, Griffith made the choice to bat first.
It wasn’t the best start for the home side as they lost Andrew Potter (0) before the side reached double figures.
Dom Brown (8) and Jimmy Binks (22) put their heads down, however, Lakes’ Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Hart combined to take three quick wickets and when Luke Shannon (0) fell soon after Griffith were in a difficult position at 5/56.
Captain Pat Whittard said Lake performed well in the opening overs.
“I though early on they bowled particularly well and we played a few silly shots but you know that happens,” he said.
Being in the precarious position brought out the best in middle order batsmen Jamie Winkler (70) and Ryan Greenaway (43).
“Jamie and Ryan settled us down a bit and put on a good 100 run stand that got us to a good total,” he said.
The pair got the side to 147 before Greenaway fell to the bowling of Greg McFadyen (3/50).
Jason Hampel (24) provided a partner for Winkler as they continued to push for runs as Griffith were eventually bowled out for 224 off 43 overs.
Lakes were in a good position early with the first wicket stand getting them to 36 before Jarrod Cahill (22) fell to Satvir Chahal (4/52).
Dean Harris (42) and Johnson (45) kept the score ticking over putting on 74 runs before Binks (2/42) struck.
Nathan Morris (38) picked up from where Johnson left off and it looked like Lake were in with a good shot.
Whittard had little concern about the form from the visitors.
“I though we had plenty of runs on the board,” he said.
“It was just about being patient it was a nice flat deck, so it was hard to bowl on, but when the chances came, I think we took them and I think that what helped us win.”
After Morris fell with the side at 5/172 the last five wickets fell for 25 runs with Chahal and Harry Singh (2/26) ripping apart the lower order.
It appears with the win Griffith will now take on Leeton in the final after they defeated Hay.
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