Re-introduction of Finals

Re-introduction of Finals2018-07-23T21:39:28+00:00

The 1957-58 season saw the re-introduction of finals that had been abandoned for first grade after 1952-53 and for other grades after 1950-51. The finals were to be played over two Saturdays, and in a rather unusual ruling, the Board decided that the winners of the finals should be deemed the premiers.

The first-grade final was played between Northern District and Western Suburbs. Northern District had finished with a 15 point margin over Western Suburbs but was defeated in the final. In an interesting match, Western Suburbs scored 9 for 225 on the first day with Charlie Bridge making 79. On the second day despite a fighting century by Col Johnston, Northern District was dismissed for 223 with Charlie O'Connor taking 5 for 101.

In the other finals, Western Suburbs defeated Woodville in second grade, and Black Hill No.2 defeated Volunteer in third grade.

In first grade, Charlie Bridge (Western Suburbs) was the first batsman in post-World War 2 cricket to reach 500 runs before Christmas. He scored two centuries and a 97 and ended with an aggregate of 808, including the final. Other batsmen to reach 500 for the season were Col Johnston with 725 (including the final), Ray Allen (Eastern Suburbs) 515 and Mick Hinman (Central) 510.

Dave Rutherford (Northern District) headed the first-grade bowling averages with 54 wickets at 7.73 while Bert Coffey (Marist Bros.) took out the aggregate with 56 wickets. Keith Smith (Northern District) again took 50 wickets and Alan Johnston (Northern District) had a strong double with 46 wickets and 378 runs.

The Mercury of 18.11.1957 carried the following report of a
remarkable bowling performance:

"1114-year-old boy took 9 wickets for 0 runs on Saturday in
what is believed to be the best ever bowling performance in
Hunter Valley cricket.
He is Allan Elliott, a right-hand medium pacer in the Police
Boys Club third grade team.
While his opponents failed to score a run off him in four overs,
he bowled five victims, trapped two LBW and had two caught.
His performance included the hat trick.
Allan came on the first change in the match against Raymond
Terrace No.1 on the turf at Raymond Terrace and routed the innings
for 23".

In second grade J Trethewey took all 10 wickets for 45 for Police Boys against Thornton, while in third grade Allan Elliott (Police Boys) took 9 for 0 against Raymond Terrace.

Maitland won the Coal Board Cup for the fifth time during its eight seasons of competition.

The Hunter Valley Cricket Council conducted a coaching class at Robins under the guidance of Peter Philpott. Among the Maitland players who attended were Bob March and Jack Killer. These coaching classes were to be held regularly in the following years.