In the 1985-86 season, a record 90 teams from 34 clubs entered the Association's competitions, with the number of registered players reaching 2150.
City United was the most successful district club almost "scooping the pool" by winning the club championship, the first-grade minor premiership, the second-grade major premiership, and the third grade minor and major premierships.
Their first grade team had a strong line-up with Stan Leayr, Leigh Collison, Grae Elphick and Scott Preston heading the bowling, and with Nick Lutovac, Wayne Trappel, Terry Walters, Rick Marsh, Peter McKinnon and Graham Cannon among their main batsmen.
However, City United was again beaten in the final this time by Raymond Terrace which had finished second in the competition. A fine second wicket partnership of 136 between Craig Evans (89 n.o.) and Andrew Adam (73) helped Raymond Terrace pass City United's total of 192.
District Player of the Year was Peter Edmonds who had a strong all-round performance for Western Suburbs. Craig Evans headed the first-grade batting aggregate and averages with 553 runs at 61.44, while Brad Shone, who had transferred from Western Suburbs to Tenambit-Morpeth, was the leading bowler with 48 wickets.
In the club section Thornton again showed its superiority by winning the club championship the minor and major premierships in A and CI grade " and the major premiership in C2. Club Player of the Year was Rodney Lawrence of Maitland Ex-Services Club. In A grade Mick Barrett took all 10 wickets for 24, playing for Hinton against Karuah. Ken Mitchell also joined an elite group when he scored 1004 runs for Church of Christ in B3 grade.
M White (Masonite) had a fine double taking 71 wickets and scoring 803 runs in C2 grade. Neither the John Bull Shield nor the Colts team managed to reach the finals of the Hunter Valley competitions. However, Raymond Terrace won the Prudential Cup by defeating Tech College in the first two finals.
Representative Player of the Year was Grant Howells, a fast bowler from Raymond Terrace, who was selected for the Emu Colts tour of NZ. Paul Dyson, a young prospect with City United, was chosen for the Country Boys Coaching Class.
Former Maitland player, Michael Cox, who had moved to Western Australia after playing in Sydney, gained State honours when he was selected as wicketkeeper for the WA Sheffield Shield team after Tim Zoehrer had been chosen in the Australian team.
At the Annual Meeting John Reynolds, who had been President since 1981 and a member of the Board since 1969, retired and was succeeded by Des Maher. John Wells also retired as Treasurer and the position was later taken on by Brian Ayres.