Maitland’s Phenomenal Success

Maitland’s Phenomenal Success2018-07-19T23:55:41+00:00

Maitland had phenomenal success in the 1943-44 season when it almost had a clean sweep in the Newcastle competition, winning six of the seven trophies - club championship, first and third grade. premierships and all three finals. In the second grade, the Maitland team finished two points behind the premiership winner Waratah.

The club was considerably strengthened by the addition of Mick Hinman, who had previously been playing with Stockton, and Arthur Callaway, a former leading Sydney cricketer. Several prominent local players - Jack Drane, Roy AlIen, and Don Denny - also returned to play with the local club.

Hinman had an outstanding season, winning the Lamb Trophy for the district batting aggregate with 740 runs, including two centuries, and took 67 wickets at an average of 9.3. Callaway had a fine season taking 50 wickets and was strongly supported by Macmillan with 37 wickets and Mudd with 35. There were a number of consistent batting performances with Johnston scoring
467 runs, Leacy 409 and Mumbler 337.

In the first grade final, Wickham scored 176 with Callaway and Hinman each taking 4 wickets. Maitland replied with 372 (D Denny 89, A Callaway 64 and E Mumbler 50). In their second innings, Wickham was all out for 91 with Hinman taking 8-48 to give Maitland victory by an innings and 105 runs.

In the course of its three days, the final attracted more spectators than the previous finals played over six days. The NDCA Annual Report later cited Maitland as a great drawcard and the main reason for crowds being their best in seventeen years. At Lorn Park, their home ground, the Maitland side had a strong following of local supporters for their home games. In second and third grades there were some excellent bowling performances. P Bates from Singleton took 58 wickets at 6.3 in second grade, while in third grade W Langford took 81 wickets at 6.77 and A Dennis 61 wickets at 7.5.

With the additional entry of a third-grade team, Robins Oval was "cleared of a terrific growth" and was used as a second home ground. The organization of this third-grade team was controlled by a second club, called the Maitland District No. 2 Cricket Club. Ground conditions at Lorn Park were also improved during the season with the construction by Norm Mudd of a motor
mower with a four-foot cut

The eight guineas won in trophies for the season was donated to the Maitland branch of tile Australian Troops Comfort Fund.