After the Nottinghamshire team arrived at Clifton to play Gloucestershire in August 1891, Robert Bagguley was taken ill and John 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.
Griffiths, born at Long Eaton in 1863 (he was registered as having the first name James, not John) was employed by Messrs. Shaw and Shrewsbury in their factory in Nottingham - perhaps he reaon he was called up at short notice. His name is found in the team run by the factory and in the All Saints XI of Nottingham. In 1892 he played in the Colts XXI v Nottinghamshire.