After the Nottinghamshire team arrived at Clifton to play Gloucestershire, Robert Bagguley was taken ill and J. Griffiths was telegraphed for to fill his place.

Arriving on the second day of the match, Griffiths was not called upon to bat or bowl as, because of inclement weather, only two hours play was possible on the second and third days.

The match took place on August 24th, 25th and 26th 1891. Griffiths was employed by Messrs. Shaw and Shrewsbury in their factory in Nottingham and his name is found in the team run by the factory and aso in the All Saints XI of Nottingham.

In 1892 he played n the Colts XXI v Nottinghamshire.