Griffith retains possession of Creet Cup after defeating Leeton

Angus Kennedy and Trevor Richards have led Griffith to another successful defence of the Creet Cup after taking down Leeton at West End Oval on Sunday.

After Griffith won the toss and sent the Wolves into bat on a damp pitch, Nathan Tang and Mark Burns tried to survive a tricky period.

Griffith’s Angus Kennedy struck in the third over to dismiss Tang (1), while Burns (8) followed an over later when he was trapped in front by Andrew Potter (1/28).

Collins didn’t fare much better as Kennedy took his second to see Leeton fall to 3/18 after just eight overs.

Needing to find some stability in the middle order Matt Dedini and Nathan Carn put on 23 runs for the fourth-wicket before Carn (11) was caught by Luke Shannon off the bowling of Derek Opo (1/16).

It was a struggle for Leeton to find someone to hang around with Dedini as Steve Weckert (6) and Jordan Camm (11) fell in quick succession to the bowling of Joel Mulder (2/17).

Sam Cooper provided the stable partner Dedini and the Wolves needed as they look to post a competitive score as the pair but on 33 for the seventh wicket.

When Dedini (42) was eventually dismissed by Kennedy, Angus Boulton (22*) came out and added late runs as Kennedy dismissed Kyle Pete (2) before providing an accurate throw to find Todd Pattison (2) short of his ground to have the Wolves all out for 130.

While Leeton was able to take early wickets in the form of Dean Catanzariti (3) and Michael Crosato (6) to have Griffith on the back foot at 2/13 after 10 overs.

It was the third-wicket partnership of 96 runs between captain Trevor Richards and Luke Shannon which took the game out of the hands of the Leeton side.

By the time Shannon (49) was finally dismissed by Josh Carn (1/16) the damage had been done with Griffith sitting comfortably at 3/107 after 33 overs needing 23 runs off the last 12 overs.

The Wolves restricted the run scoring with regular wickets including Richards (50) with Cooper (2/30) taking the wickets of Potter (7) and Mulder (0) in quick succession.

Brady French (2*) and Babar Safdar (3*) were able to guide Griffith to a three-wicket victory and their third defence of the Creet Cup.