Inaugural Season Launch

Inaugural Season Launch2018-07-26T01:13:15+00:00

In a first for the Association, the 1993-94 season was officially launched at a luncheon hosted by the Maitland Chamber of Commerce and Industry with Ken Clifford, the Chief Executive Officer of the Hunter Academy of Sport, as the special guest speaker.

During the luncheon Valley Homes was announced as the Association's major sponsor for the next two seasons. The season was seriously affected by wet weather which interrupted almost half of the playing Saturdays.

Thornton Park had a very successful season winning three of the District minor premierships - first, fourth and fifth grade. Their first grade team which contained three sets of brothers - Peter and Stephen Gabriel, Allan and Scott Wadwell, Barry and Stuart Randall - clinched the minor premiership in the closing stages of the second round.

Rod Maytom - opening batsman for Raymond Terrace However, in a replay of the previous season's final Thornton was defeated by runners-up Raymond Terrace.

A feature of the match was a solid innings of 89 by Raymond Terrace opening batsman, Rod Maytom, who figured in a century partnership with his captain, Brett Cox, and helped to take his team's score to 6-257 in reply to Thornton's total of 250.

The win gave Raymond Terrace its third major first grade title in four consecutive finals. A surprise in the first grade competition was the disappointing performance of the previous season's minor premiers, Northern Suburbs, which completed the season at the bottom of the table without recording a win.

The District Club Championship was won for the first time by Tenambit-Morpeth which performed strongly in all grades, except first grade.

The District Player of the Year was won for the second season in a row by Jason Allen who captained Western Suburbs and headed the batting aggregate and averages with 531 runs at 6638. He was the only first grade batsman to reach 500 runs for the season.

In the Club section, Tudor Hotel won the A grade minor premiership but was defeated by the George and Dragon Hotel in the final. Bowthorne Club which first entered the Association's competition in 1979-80 had its initial premiership success when it won the minor and major titles for the B2 grade.

Hinton continued its sequence of wins in the Club Championship taking out its third title in a row. The Club A grade Player of the Year was Mark Matthews of Hinton who scored 370 runs and took 2 wickets.

The Association again had a very successful representative season winning back-to-back titles in the John Bull Shield and Colts' competitions. The John Bull Shield team captained by Stuart Pannowitz defeated Newcastle C & S in the final in Newcastle, while the Colts captained by Rod May tom defeated Newcastle C & S in a home final at Maitland.

Weston Workers, led by Kyle Davis, continued the recent sequence of wins for Maitland teams in the Hunter Valley Cup competition by defeating Muswellbrook's Bowling Club South in the final.

Kyle Davis and Matthew Wilks represented Hunter Valley at the North West senior Zone Trials at Gunnedah.

Maitland had three representatives - Brett Taylor, Rod May tom and Matthew Wilks - in the Hunter Valley team that competed in the Under 21 Zone Carnival at Moree and the JS White Carnival at Tamworth. Of these Wilks and Maytom progressed to the Combined Zone Carnival at Cowra and were also selected in the Emu Colts team that toured NZ.

Rod May tom was named Hunter Valley Colt of the Year and Maitland's Representative Player of the Year in recognition of his outstanding performances in representative matches.

Two former Maitland players had the distinction of being named as captains of representative State teams - Tony Fort in the NSW Country team that played a NSW Second XI and Todd Campbell in the Under 17 NSW team that played in the national championships in Adelaide.

Seven Maitland junior players - Michael Eccleston (c), Ben Crebert, Neil Crittenden, Luke Feenan, Mark Edmonds, Adam Skinner and Aaron Wolinkski - were members of the very successful Hunter Valley St George Bank Cup team that won the Northern NSW Under 16 Country title and was narrowly defeated by Illawarra in the State final at Wollongong.

Michael Eccleston was also the Hunter Valley's representative at the Country Boys Coaching Class held at Warrane College. Guest speaker at the Annual Presentation was NSW Sheffield Shield player and Australian 1993 Ashes tour member Wayne Holdsworth.

During the season Col Johnston - the Association's esteemed Life Member and former President, affectionately known as "Maitland's Mr Cricket" - died at the age of 76.

It was regrettable that Col who was so much a part of the Association's history did not live to see its Centenary. A number of committees were active during the season planning for the Association's Centenary in 1994-95.

Among the proposed activities to mark the historic milestone are the staging of the NSW Place of Origin match between City and Country, a Centenary Reunion Dinner, a special gala Ten Over-competition and the publication of this Centenary History.