Raymond Terrace Club Champions

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In the 1967-68 season, Raymond Terrace won its first club championship. It finished fourth in first grade, first in second-grade division 2 and third in third-grade division 3.

Northern District won the first-grade premiership but was defeated in the final by Eastern Suburbs in what was described as "a very dreary match". Western Suburbs showed an improved form to finish third, after being "wooden spooners" for the previous two seasons.

Terry Finch (Eastern Suburbs) with 453 runs finished at the top of the batting aggregate, one run ahead of Allan Elliott (Northern District) who headed the averages at 60.2. Mike Iobbins (Weston Kurri) was the only first-grade bowler to reach 50 wickets for the season.

Jack Murray (Police Boys) recorded the highest score in first grade with 152 against Raymond Terrace at Police Boys, while Col Clarke (Eastern Suburbs) also scored 149 against Black Hill at East Maitland.

Maitland retained the John Bull Shield on averages from Cessnock, with Jeff Crittenden scoring 408 runs and Dave Rutherford taking 46 wickets in the competition.

Doug Weakley was selected in the Northern NSW Country team that played India at Newcastle on February 2 and 3 1968. In the first innings, he scored an impressive 58. Unfortunately for Maitland cricket, Doug, who had been appointed the captain of the Jhon Bull Shield team, moved to Brisbane for the second half of the season.

Glenn Brooker was chosen in the Country Seconds team.

At the JS White Carnival Ron Roy and Rodney Lawrence put on a record 10th wicket stand of 108 for Hunter Valley. David Rawling was selected for the Country Boys Coaching Class. John Dennis and David Johnston (son of Col Johnston) played in the State Under 14 schoolboys team in an interstate Carnival in Adelaide.

Following a recommendation from the Association, Maitland City Council set up oval boards at a number of grounds -Coronation, Lorn, Tenambit and the Sportsground. These gave an opportunity to local cricket clubs and other sporting bodies to discuss improvement and work to be carried out on home grounds.