Clearance Controversy

Clearance Controversy2018-07-26T00:14:17+00:00

At the start of the 1991-92 season was marked by controversy with Tenambit-Morpeth refusing to grant clearances to four of its former first-grade players. The dispute dragged on for several months before it was finally resolved.

Weston Workers won the first grade major premiership - the first in the history of the club. Captained by John Jabour, Weston Workers defeated minor premiers Raymond Terrace, in a tense final when they snatched three wickets in the closing stages of the match. The turning point came with the dismissal of Craig Evans for 66, when Raymond Terrace needed only 9 runs for victory with three wickets in hand. Best performers for Weston Workers were Bryn Mitchell who took 5-45, and Aaron Lewis who scored 67 and took 2-32.

Raymond Terrace had an exceptional season, winning the club championship, first grade minor premiership, second grade major premiership, and the third and fourth grade minor and major premierships. They also won the Prudential Cup for the second consecutive season.

Aaron Lewis (Weston Workers), who headed the batting aggregate and averages with 542 runs at 54.2 and took 16 wickets, was named District Player of the Year.

Highest individual score in first grade for the season was made by Thornton's star batsman Peter Gabriel, who hit up 181, including 35 boundaries, in the opening match of the season against City United at Thornton.

In the the club section Hinton were club champions, while Tea Gardens won the A grade minor premiership and SMR the A grade major premiership.

Club Player of the Year was Rodney Dickey (Metford Baptists) who scored 679 runs and took 40 wickets. In B2 grade Greg Harding of PSSCC & C R had a strong double with 695 runs and 45 wickets.

The John Bull Shield team was narrowly defeated by Newcastle City & Suburban in the final at Newcastle. The Under 16s were successful in winning their fifth consecutive final in the competition conducted by the Hunter Valley Junior Cricket Council.

Derek Collins, Rod Faulkner, Jason Hartcher, Brad Shone and Warren Redmond represented Hunter Valley in the North West Zone Trials at Gunnedah for the Tooheys Country Cup. From these trials Redmond was chosen in the North West Zone team.

Derek Collins, Jason Hartcher and Todd Mitchell were in the Hunter Valley Under 24 team that played in the North West Trials at Tamworth. Collins went on to the Under 24 Combined Zone match at Temora.

For his John Bull Shield and representative performances Derek Collins was named Representative Player of the Year.

Following Under 17 Trials at Armidale, Andrew Mullard and Michael Jordan were selected in the North West Under 17 Zone team that played at Dubbo. Dominic Wilkinson, a promising opening batsman with Northern Suburbs, was chosen for the Country Boys Coaching Class.

Four Maitland juniors - Terry Crittenden, Graham May tom, Chris Power and Daniel Feenan - toured NZ with a Hunter Valley Under 16 team. Michelle Prouten, who played with Seaham in the Saturday competition was selected for the third year in a row in the State Under 18 women's cricket team.

Former Maitland player Paul Dyson, came into prominence with his performances for NSW Country against India and the West Indies, and the interstate Country Championships in Adelaide. He was also appointed captain of NSW Country Colts.

For the second time Maitland hosted the State Primary Schools Cricket Carnival.

At the start of the season the Association entered into a major sponsorship deal with the AMP which agreed to sponsor Maitland cricket for the next two seasons. At the Annual Presentation Night guest speaker was Michael Whitney, Australia's Test opening bowler.

Cricket followers were saddened during the season by the deaths of three Maitland cricket identities - Ernie Jurd, long serving umpire and Life Member; John Reynolds, Life Member and former President; and Norm Mudd, a leading fast bowler of the forties and fifties.