Walter’s Recollection of Maitland junior Cricket

///Walter’s Recollection of Maitland junior Cricket
Walter’s Recollection of Maitland junior Cricket2018-07-23T22:06:31+00:00

Doug Walters played for Dungog in the Maitland Saturday morning junior competitions from 1957-58 and with the Maitland Police Boys Club in the Newcastle vacation competitions.

During the 1958-59 season when playing in the Under 13 vacation competition against Newcastle at Robins Oval, he took 17 wickets for 11 runs in the match - 9 for 4 in the first innings and 8 for 7 in the second. His tally for the competition was 61 wickets at 2.1 average.

In his book "Looking for Runs" he later recalled those early days matches:

"One of the most enjoyable parts of my early cricketing life was
when I used to play in the Maitland age competitions and first met
Sergeant Vic Moffitt, who was the organizer and coach of our
young cricket team. We used to do a round trip of sixty miles
each Saturday to play against other sides and Sgt.
Moffitt would be in charge of the Maitland Police Boys team who
had sides entered in the Newcastle vacation competition.
He asked me one day if I would play with his team and.from
the time I started playing, he was always very helpful with my cricket
. Mum and Dad would drive me into Maitland and, if
we were playing in Newcastle itself, we would get aboard the
Police Boys bus, driven by Sgt. Moffitt, and away to the ground,
we would go on what was really an all-day venture. I
also traveled under Sgt. Moffitt to Tamworth once to play
against a Tamworth side, and in that game, I was representing
Hunter Valley and it was a wonderful trip for a
group of youthful players. "


Hunter Valley Cricket Council introduced a Junior John Bull Shield competition, in addition to the John Bull Shield. In the first season, this was won by Singleton. The Colts team for the Upper Hunter match gives an indication of some of the Maitland Colts who played in this competition, that has continued up to the present: N March (capt.), W Lawrence, C Clarke E Roberts, A Elliott, C Elliott, J Killer, A Spink. R Duggan, J Berthold, P Edmonds, G Radnidge(12th). Neville March (Northern District) was selected for the Country Boys Coaching Class.

From the JS White Carnival, Darcy Cluff (Combined City) was selected for the third Emu Colts tour of New Zealand. Richard Gilmour was the outstanding player at the Carnival out declined an invitation to tour because of a pending teaching appointment Bob Frazer who had moved to Sydney for university studies was awarded one of the first JS White scholarships for past Emu Col ~ players. Arthur Lord, who managed the Hunter Valley Colts team at the JS White Carnivals from 19s..! was made an honorary member of the Emu Club.

During July 1959 John Hayward (capt.) and Dave Evans toured Malaysia and Singapore with the first official Emu Club side to travel outside of Australia.

Colin Elliott also figured prominently - Allan headed the batting aggregate with 723 runs and Colin scored 423 runs. In the final against Volunteer, Colin scored 118 not out and Allan took 6 for 9.

An earlier start was introduced for competition matches. The play was to commence at 1.30 pm instead of 2 pm and there was to be a ten-minute tea-break.

For the first time for a number of seasons, Maitland played Newcastle in a senior representative match. Maitland won, 125 and 8-81 to Newcastle's 67 and 5-46. These matches were to become regular fixtures during the 1960s and often included a second and third grade.