Walters in Chegwyn Match

Walters in Chegwyn Match2018-07-23T23:26:36+00:00

At the start of the 1962-63 season, Jack Chegwyn brought to Maitland another "star-studded" team which included Willy Watson, Warren Saunders, Jim Burke, Graham Thomas, Jim De Courcy, Sid Carroll, Norm O'Neill, Doug Ford, Gordon Rorke, Ron Guy and Gamini Goonesena.

The Maitland team, captained by Col Johnston, included Ron Allen, Ray Allen, Col Elliott, Allan Elliott, Joe French, Peter Macmillan, Len Dudley, Ken Bromage, Dave Rutherford and Dave Evans, A special invitation was extended to Doug Walters of Dungog to play in the Maitland team.

In the first innings, Walters took 4-28 with Watson, Saunders, O'Neill and De Courcy among his victims. In the second inning, she scored 51 not out. Later, reflecting on the significance of the match, Walters wrote: "possibly this, more than anything else, had an influence on my later cricket career. I was persuaded to think about coming down to Sydney to play grade cricket". Within three months Walters was to be selected in the State Colts and the State team, and some of the credit should probably go to this match at Lorn Park.

In the local first grade competition, Northern District again won the premiership and final. The Warren Pepper - Raymond Terrace all-rounder. improved Raymond Terrace team which had its best post-war season as runners-up. Their team included the experienced Jack Bremmell and Harry Drowley, and the promising youngsters Warren Pepper and Len Dudley.

In the final, which was again restricted to one day because of wet weather, Northern District 7-143 defeated Raymond Terrace 9-127. Dave Rutherford (Northern District) was again the leading wicket-taker with 60 wickets.

Colin Elliott (Northern District) took over from his twin brother as the leading run-getter in first grade with 526 runs, including two centuries and a 97. Joe French (Weston Kurri) took out the batting average with 452 runs at 5.3.

Country against Ted Dexter's MCC team at Tamworth. It is interesting to note that three former Maitland cricketers also played against the MCC at other centres - Dick Gilmour at Newcastle, Darcy Cluff at Wagga, and William Stuckings at Griffith.

Col Elliott was also selected for Combined Country and was captain of the Emu Colts team that played the Tasmanian Colts at Tamworth.

Joe French, prior to his transfer from the district, was selected for Northern NSW Country.

Tom Hedges was the Hunter Valley representative at the Country Boys Coaching Class in Sydney, and Keith Preston was a member of the NSW Under 14 schoolboys team in the interstate Carnival in Adelaide.

For a number of seasons, the Association had suffered a serious wicket shortage. This situation was partly relieved during the season when three new cement wickets came into use - Rotary and Leagues on Cricketers Park at Mt Pleasant Street and a wicket at Sportsground No.2. These wickets which were mainly the "brainchild" of Jim Watson, the Association Recorder, were constructed with the support of the Maitland City Council and were financed by the Maitland Rotary Club, the Leagues Club and the Cricketers Club of NSW. The following season the Lions wicket was added to the Mt Pleasant Street complex with the support of the Maitland Lions Club.