Griffith rising star Dean Bennett has produced a Steve Smith-like batting effort to lead his side to a revenge 56-run win over Leeton to regain the Creet Cup on Sunday.
Batting first, Bennett’s innings of 91 dominated Griffith’s healthy total of 8 for 201 in Leeton. He looked certain to score a century before being run out.
His innings was on par with that of Australian captian Steve Smith, who also rescued his team in the First Ashes test at the Gabba on the weekend.
Like Smith, Bennett was also backed up by his bowlers.
Daniel Muir was the most impressive bowler for Leeton, taking 3 for 31 off eight overs. Rohan Renwinkel also took two important wickets, but was more expensive conceding 31 off his five overs.
In response, Leeton were bowled out for 145.
Muir impressed with the bat, scoring 66 not out, but no other batsman passed 25.
Dominating the bowling for Griffith was Dom Brown, who finished with the incredible figures of 6 for 29. His bowling efforts backed up an solid 27 with the bat.
Charlie Cunial, Andrew Potter and Connor Bock picked up one wicket each.
In terms of Griffith’s batting, Reece Matherson provided solid support to Bennett with 43. No other batsman passed 30, with Brown the next highest scorer.
The win for Griffith turns the tables on Leeton, who beat them in a final over nail biter just two weeks ago at the Exies.
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