Revival of the Association

Revival of the Association2018-07-20T00:40:29+00:00

The end of the Second World War, the Association was revived at the start of the 1945-46 season. The decision to reform the Association, which had been in recess for almost four years, was made at a meeting on September 18, 1945.

Reuben Dransfield who had been involved with the Association since its amalgamation with the Junior Association in 1914 was elected President, and Frank McMahon who had been discharged from the army resumed duties as Secretary.

It was decided to give permission to the Maitland Club to enter teams in the Newcastle competition and to conduct an All-age and Junior (under 21) competitions for the local players.

River District Cricket association ending up with 131 and Hinman 104. Hinman also produced the best bowling performance of the season with 9-37 against Belmont. Ross Macmillan headed the district bowling aggregate with 58 wickets.

Johnston and Hinman were selected to play for Newcastle against South Australia on February 7, 1946. In the pre-season period there was another visit from Chegwyn's team which played at Lorn Park on September 22, 1945, and at Cessnock on September 23.

Chegwyn's team included W O'Reilly, S Barnes, R Saggers, A Cheetham, K Grieves, L Livingstone; V Jackson and W Walmsley. In the match at Lorn Park, Col J Johnston scored a creditable 95.

The Hunter River Umpires Association was also reformed during the season with Ernie Brossman as President and Reuben Dransfielcl as Secretary-treasurer. However, their numbers had dwindled and they only had about 12 members available for appointment. During the war, some of their members had officiated in the Newcastle competitions and a few of these opted to remain there after the war.

Seven teams entered the All-age competition - East Maitland, Robins, Methodist OK, Largs, Morpeth, West End and Beresfield and there were seven in the Junior competition - Robins, East Maitland, Beresfield, Lorn, YCW Nos. 1 and 2, and Morpeth.

The All-age competition was won by Robins and the Junior competition by East Maitland. During the season 269 players were registered in the two competitions.

Best performances in the All-age were by V Fitzpatrick (East Maitland) with 437 runs and W Langford (Robins) with 74 wickets at 5.93. In the Junior competition, J Rampling (YCW 2) scored 550 runs, and F O'Brien and R Bellamy (both from YCW 2) took 89 and 79 wickets respectively.

The Maitland Club entry in the Newcastle competition was reduced to first and second grade, with the third-grade team being withdrawn so as not to interfere with the local competition. The club was boosted by the discharge from the Services of a number of players - Ken Smith, Arthur Callaway, Bert Denny, Hugh Norrie, Norm Dolman and Eddie Hill. The first grade finished runners-up to Lambton in the premiership. In a fluctuating final that was played over four days, the Maitland team was defeated by 18 runs. Highlights of the match were Jack Leacy's 81 n.o. on a "sticky wicket" in the first innings and Mick Hinman's 50 in the second innings.

Best of the Maitland batsmen were Hinman with 611 runs and J Johnston with 596. Both shared in a number of fine opening partnerships. In one match against Stockton at Lorn Park, they figured in an opening stand of 216 in 118 minutes, with Johnston