Changes in First Grade Teams

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Changes in First Grade Teams2018-07-23T21:52:30+00:00

The 1958-59 season was marked by a number of changes in the teams in first grade. Only three teams - Eastern Suburbs, Western Suburbs, and Northern District - remained from the previous season. Weston Kurri did not enter first grade as a number of its leading players had transferred to Newcastle.

Central and Marist Bros. amalgamated to form Combined City, the combination bringing together the Hinman brothers Mick and Peter, and the Coffey brothers Bert, Dick, and Pat. New clubs to move into first grade were Raymond Terrace and Black Hill. A number of local school teachers - Peter Searle, Errol Ingram, Kevin Ford, Clem Ellis and Ian Wilson - were in the Black Hill Club, which was granted use of the old Marist Bros.' wicket at Maitland Park.

Northern District won the first-grade premiership but was defeated in the final by Combined City. Max Callaghan had a fine bowling double for Combined City taking 4-16 in the first innings and 6-44 in the second to di miss Northern District for 53 and 80. Combined City scored 192 to win by an innings and 59 runs.

Col Johnston headed the first-grade batting aggregate with 595 runs while Ray Allen (Eastern Suburbs) took out the average with 497 runs at 49.7.

Dave Rutherford (Northern District) had an outstanding season, taking over 100 wickets in competition and representative matches. In first grade headed the aggregate with 68 wickets. In Coal Cup and John Bull Shield matches, he took 38 and further 14 in trial matches.

This gave him 120 wickets - the closest that any bowler came to this figure was Roy Oakes in 192-1-25 and Mick Hinman with 103.

In the third grade, Alf Drage (Volunteer) and Bob Bellamy (Beresfield) both took 100 wickets. Allan ane!