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Cobo deny Griffins three in a row

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OLLY NEWEY was the toast of Cobo after his late hitting got his side home with five balls to spare in last night’s winner-takes-all climax to the Odey Wealth Premiership season.

Chasing 118 to win in 18 overs, Cobo nervously put

an end to Griffins’ quest to win a third straight crown at the KGV.

It certainly was a game to match the occasion, Kris Moherndl also playing a vital role in the run chase.

Cobo took to the field with Tim Ravenscroft back in the XI, but he would have to wait for a bat as his skipper won the toss and opted to chase.

Thanks to a plucky 50 from Glenn Le Tissier Cobo were set 118, a target they would have taken beforehand.

Cobo’s innings got off disastrously as Josh Butler called Ravenscroft through for a sharp single and a superb piece of fielding by Tom Veillard off his own bowling, accounted for Ravenscroft.

Griffins were cock-a-hoop but their raw, young attack could not press home the early advantage.

Butler and Moherndl cruised along for a while, but when Butler top edged, Cobo were 52 for 2 at halfway with the rate a fraction above seven.

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Moherndl hit a fluent 38, but the run-rate climbed and when he holed out Griffins were favourites.

Their spinners were turning the screw and with four overs left, the requirement was up to nine an over.

One over later it was 10.

Newey then took charge and with four needed off the last over Olly Nightingale crashed his first ball for four and the title was won.

Rob Batiste

By Rob Batiste
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