One Run Victory in First Grade Final

///One Run Victory in First Grade Final
One Run Victory in First Grade Final2018-07-25T01:43:13+00:00

The 1983-84 season ended on an exciting note with a one-run victory to Northern District against City United in the first grade final at Robins Oval. The winning run was scored off a bye on the last ball of the match taking Northern District to 9-192 in reply to City United's 9-191. Chris Herron was the hero for Northern District taking 5-53 and scoring 30 n.o. to steer his team to victory.

Northern District and City United had finished the season equal on points and were declared joint minor premiers. Northern District also won the club championship, while Western Suburbs were second grade minor and major premieres and third-grade minor premiers.

Peter Rawling, who transferred back to Northern District from Raymond Terrace and scored 461 runs, was named District Player of the Year for the second time in his career. Craig Evans (City United) with 624 runs was the leading run-getter in first grade, while John Tobin (Eastern Suburbs) with 39 wickets was the leading wicket-taker.

History was made with Lorrae Blunden playing third grade for Eastern Suburbs, making her the first female to play in the district competition. Lorrae was a leading schoolgirl cricketer who twice represented State CHS.

In the club section, there were a number of new team entries, including Ex-Services, Valleys, Pickers, Church of Christ, Rutherford, Tarro Hotel, Telarah BC and Delta United.

Thornton came into prominence winning the club championship, A grade minor and major premierships, and the B grade division 2 major premiership. Club Player of the Year was Rodney Lawrence of Maitland Ex-Services Club. In C grade division I Ken Mitchell, a Church of Christ player, scored 967 runs, including one inning of 167 n.o., while in B grade division I, I Jeffrey of SMR had a strong double taking 70 wickets and scoring 767 runs.

The John Bull Shield returned as the trophy for the senior Hunter Valley competition, but Maitland had another disappointing season to finish fifth.

Raymond Terrace was beaten in the final of the Prudential Cup competition by The Entrance. The season saw the formation of the Hunter Valley Junior Cricket Council which conducted inter- Association matches in Under 16, 14 and 12 age groups. The Under 14 and 12 matches were played on a non- competitive basis, while Maitland won the final of the Under 16 competition.

John Richards and Wayne Trappel represented Hunter Valley in a preliminary Carnival at Tamworth for the selection of the North West team to compete in the Road fast Cup - a new country competition for all age players.

The only Maitland player in the Hunter Valley team at the Under 24 Colts Carnival at Armidale was John Shelton, a Dungog player with City United. Tony Fort was the Representative Player of the Year and was also named Hunter Valley Colt of the Year. He was chosen for State CHS No. I and scored a century for a State Schools Cricket Association team against Victoria.

At the JS White Carnival, he scored another century when sharing in a record opening partnership of 181 with Greg Thrift, and gained selection in the Emu Colts team to tour NZ. On the tour, he was the leading run-getter with 302 runs, including a century in the 'Test" against the Canterbury Colts.

Stephan Jones from Raymond Terrace was Hunter Valley's representative at the Country Boys Coaching Class and scored a century for the No.2 team against Green Shield No.2. The Association entered into "the computer age" with the purchase of a computer for recording and general administrative work.

At the Annual Meeting Mick Hinman, an outstanding player in the 1930s to 1950's was made a Life Member of the Association. This marked the first occasion that Life Membership had been awarded for service to the game as a player, rather than as an administrator.

During the season Eastern Suburbs celebrated their Club Centenary with Bill O'Reilly as a guest speaker at their reunion dinner.