Maitland competition took on a new look during the 1974-75 season with a reorganisation into two divisions. The new structure was based on a proposal put forward by John Archer, a member of the Board of Control.
The first division was to consist of clubs with teams in first, second and third grades playing a series of two and one-day matches, while the second division was to consist of A, Band C grades. Individual grading of players was abolished with first division clubs being allowed to grade their own players, while teams in the second division were graded on the basis of their registrations.
A club championship and a Player of the Year award were introduced for each division. In future, teams leading on points at the end of competition rounds would be deemed to be minor premiers, and the winners of the finals would be the major premiers.
The same eight clubs that had previously contested first grade were placed in the first division. Two clubs that missed allocation to the first division were Morpeth and EMU, that put forward strong claims for inclusion with the recruitment of a number of new players.
Eastern Suburbs proved to be the outstanding club in the first division, winning the club championship, minor and major premierships in first and second grades, and finishing runners-up in third grade. The Eastern Suburbs first grade team, which included two father-son combinations in Ray and Rick Allen, Ron and Peter Allen, defeated GUOOF-City in the final, with Ray Allen again showing a good form to score 92 n.o...
The third grade minor and major premiers were Black Hill.
In second division Morpeth and EMU proved to be the two leading clubs. Morpeth won the club championship, the A grade minor premiership and the B grade major premiership, while EMU won the A grade major premiership and were runners-up in the club championship. Masonite was the top club in C grade winning both the minor and major premierships.
A new club entry in second division was Thornton which was re-formed after an absence of a number of seasons.
The first division Player of the Year award was won by Rick Allen (Eastern Suburbs) who had an outstanding season, scoring 735 runs at 66.8, including two centuries, and making over 1000 runs in all competition and representative matches. In one match against GUOOF-City at East Maitland, he shared in a record-breaking unconquered third wicket partnership of 266 with his father, Ray. Rick ended up 152 not out and his father 103 not out.
A FAMILY OF CENTURY-MAKERS!
The Rawling family created an unusual record in Maitland cricket
during the 1974-75 season.
Father Doug, and his three sons David, Peter and John, all scored
Doug, while playing for Northern District's first-grade side,
scored 113 against Black Hill. Eldest son David, who
captained Northern District's first-grade team, scored 114
against Eastern Suburbs. Next son Peter, who played/or
Police Boys during the season scored 118 against Eastern
Suburbs. Youngest son John scored 103 not out for Northern
District's third grade against Police Boys.
The second division Player of the Year award was won by Peter Cochrane (RAAF) who scored 332 runs and took 23 wickets.
Maitland's only success in the Hunter Valley competitions was in the Colts. David Rawling was named as twelfth man for the Northern NSW v. MCC match in Newcastle - a position that seemed to be reserved for Hunter Valley players. David and Peter Rawling were selected for Combined Hunter Valley/Newcastle to play against Metropolitan.
David and Peter Rawling, Ken Shine and Trevor Holden were in the Hunter Valley team that played Manly in a Rothmans Knockout match at Lorn Park. Rodney Douglas and Kevin Ellenor were in the Emu Colts team that toured NSW and played against the touring NZ Colts team.
Former Maitland player David Johnston, who was playing for North Sydney, was selected in the State Colts team. The Junior Association extended the age limits on their competitions from Under 15 to 16 Years and Under, and from Under 13 to 14 Years and Under.
Maitland was the host venue for the State Primary Schools Carnival. From this Carnival Geoff Burg was chosen in the State Primary Schools team.