World Tour2018-07-23T23:07:59+00:00

During the 1960-61 season four Maitland players- John Hayward (capt.), Dave Evans, Col Elliott and Dave Rutherford - were selected for a world cricket tour by the Emu Club. The tour took in Canada, USA, England, Holland, Denmark, Germany, and Hong Kong, and was another example of the wonderful opportunities opened up by the JS White Carnival. A public appeal was launched by the Association to assist with funds for the local players.

The local first-grade competition saw a reversal of the previous season's result. Eastern Suburbs won the premiership by one point from Northern District but was defeated in the final by Northern District, despite a fighting century by Ray Allen.

John Brown (Northern District) headed the first-grade bowling aggregate and averages with 59 wickets at 7.7. Max Callaghan (Combined City) took more than 50 wickets for the second consecutive season. In one match against Western Suburbs, Arch Pankhurst (Eastern Suburbs) took 8-8 and 6-14.

Col Johnston, benefiting from his world tour, returned to the top of the first-grade batting aggregate with 524 runs, including two centuries.

There were some notable performances in the lower grades. In second grade Andy Drew of Limeburners Creek scored 709 runs for the season, and in one match against Woodville scored an unconquered century in both innings. In third grade four Hinton Club players - Pat Lantry, Dick Adams, Brian Adams and Jim Robinson - all scored over 500 runs. Don Sutton of Black Hill took 113 wickets, and in one match against Black Hill, Allan Stroker of Combined City took all 10 wickets for 31.

Two new teams in third grade were GUOOF and Wanderers.

The Postal wicket at Maitland Park was allocated to Police Boys Club as their home wicket.

In representative cricket Maitland had a double success, winning the Coal Board Cup and the John Bull Shield. The result in both competitions was decided in the final match against Upper Hunter, which was played as a double fixture. For the second season, Maitland Colts were undefeated and took out the Colts or Junior John Bull Shield competition.

In a variation, the NSWCA selected two teams representing NSW Country - John Hayward was chosen for Combined Country to play Metropolitan and Dave Evans and Dave Rutherford were selected in a Northern NSW team to play Southern NSW.

Fast developing a reputation as a wicketkeeper and batsman, Colin Elliott was selected at the JS White Carnival in the Emu Colts team that made a tour of southern NSW.

Len Dudley, a promising spinner from Raymond Terrace, was chosen for the Country Boys Coaching Class.