Single Wicket Competition

Single Wicket Competition2018-07-24T00:07:40+00:00

An innovation in the 1964-65 season was a Single Wicket competition which was held on Sunday, February 14 1965. The competition was organised by Eddie Murray, who was to play a prominent part in the organisation of the club.

Eastern Suburbs returned to the winning list in first grade by going through undefeated to take out both the premiership and the final. In the final against Northern District, Eastern Suburbs scored 8-352 (Ray Allen 100 n.o. and Ron Allen 50) to defeat Northern District 284 (Doug Rawling 78). Much of Eastern Suburbs' success during the season was due to the opening batting combination of Ron Allen and Terry Finch. Ron headed the batting aggregate with a post-war record district aggregate of 841 runs while Terry scored 774.

Both figured in a post-war record opening partnership of 248 against Western Suburbs at OK Rebel's wicket, with Finch scoring 141 and Allen 118. It broke the record of 182 set a few weeks earlier by Brian Burke and Des Kennedy of Combined City in a match against Western Suburbs.

With dry weather providing ideal batting conditions, the season was dominated by batsmen. Ten batsmen in first grade passed 500 runs for the season - Ron Allen, Terry Finch (Eastern Suburbs), Doug Rawling, John Cox (Northern District), Colin Elliott (Police Boys), Mick Hanley (Black Hill), Tom Hedges (Western Suburbs), Peter Hinman (Combined City), Warren Pepper and Bruce Sweetnam (Raymond Terrace) .

John Cox recorded the first post-war double century Glenn Brooker and Allan Elliott figured in a record-breaking partnership for Northern District against Raymond Terrace at Lorn when they put on 256 for the second wicket.

Brooker made 152 and Elliott 100 to help take Northern District to 5 for 406 - the first post-war 400 plus score in first grade.

In a season so favourable to batsmen, Mike Jobbins of Weston Kurri with 52 wickets was the only first-grade bowler to take more than 50 wickets. In third grade division 2 fifteen-year-old Ken Stork, playing for Hinton No.1 against Masonite, took all ten wickets, clean bowling 9 of his victims.

Two leading Maitland cricketers went to Sydney to try to further their cricket careers. Col Elliott played for Manly and Dave Rutherford for Waverley. Elliott was selected for the State Colts in matches against Queensland and Victoria. but returned to play with Police Boys for the second half of the season. Rutherford was to stay a season and a half with Waverley before returning to Maitland cricket.

Combined City trio Trevor Deamer, John Lane and Peter Hinman.
"Two batsmen in the one third grade match on Saturday broke
the post-war aggregate record for Maitland cricket.
Peter Perkins, a 15-year-old Lochinvar bat, clouted 139 runs in
quick time to take his season's total to 1,048, beating the old
record of 1,022.
Bruce Whipp, playing for South Maitland Loco in the 1947-
48 season was the holder.
In the Hinton No.1 innings in reply to Lochinvar, Bob Smith
scored 79 to pass Perkins with a total of 1,071."
Maitland Mercury. 29.3.65.

Maitland played a match at Coogee Oval against Randwick. The match was organised by John Hayward, the Randwick captain who had formerly played in Maitland.

A special match was arranged between the Maitland representative team and former "Old Boys" of the Maitland Police Boys Club to honour Sgt. Vie Moffitt, the founder of the Junior Association. During the luncheon adjournment, he was presented with the first Life Membership badge of the Junior Association. During the next season, life membership was also awarded to Reg Kelly and Charlie Stocker, who had been associated with the early years of the Junior Association.

Warren Pepper, after being the leading batsman at the Tamworth Carnival, was selected for the Emu Colts tour of New Zealand.

Rob Robilliard, a promising young spinner, was a member of the state CHS team that played against a NSWCA team. David Rawling, the eldest son of Doug Rawling, was selected in the Under 14 schoolboys team that played in the interstate Carnival in Brisbane.