Five New Life Members

Five New Life Members2018-07-20T03:54:04+00:00

At the 1949-50 Annual Meeting, Life Membership was awarded to five members who had given outstanding service to the Association during the preceding fifty years - Harold Johnston, Will Johnston, John Lintott, Claude March and Reuben Dransfield. With J Tippett and I Clyde, these made a total of seven Life Members.

Some 49 teams participated in the Association's competitions, with 18 teams in the district section and 31 in the club. Raymond Terrace did not field a first-grade team, and two other district clubs could field only two teams.

Central continued its winning sequence in first grade, taking out both the premiership and the final against Northern District. Much of its success was again due to Mick Hinman who took 94 wickets and scored 502 runs - thereby completing the double for the third time. In one match against Northern District, he took 9-67 and 7-55 to give Central an outright win.

Weston-Kurri, which had changed its name from Weston, was successful in winning the club championship, the second-grade premiership and final, and the third-grade final. The third-grade premiership was won by Northern District.

A pleasing aspect of the season was the return to first-grade cricket by Keith Smith, following his accident the previous season. He took 30 wickets at 8.6 and his club report for the season recorded:

"He came through the ordeal ... with flying colours and showed that he had lost little of his pace and accuracy".

C Johnston, A Johnston, C Bridge, T Farrell, and Drawling were selected in the Hunter Valley team for Country Week. Against Far, West Col Johnston scored a century and Charlie Bridge took 6 for 74. Arthur Lord, a member of the local Umpires Association, who had secured his State ticket, also officiated at Country Week matches.

The John Bull Shield team had a disappointing season - their only partial success being a tie against Upper Hunter. Criticism was again voiced about "the apathy of some leading players" who were not available for these representative matches. Two matches were played at Easter against Glebe, a leading Sydney club. In one of these matches, Hinman brought his tally of wickets for the season, including competition and representative matches, to 103.

Terry Farrell and Charlie Bridge from Branxton were selected to play for North and North West Colts in matches in Sydney, organized by JS White. Earlier, together with Ron AlIen and Don Brooker, they had played in a trial match at Tamworth in the first of what was to become known as the JS White Carnivals.

During the season concern was expressed at the "apathy by players and public alike" and it was felt in some quarters that "something must be done to revive interest in the game." One suggestion mooted as "a cure for the malady" was a return to the Newcastle competition - another was that district cricket should be abandoned in favour of club cricket.