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About the MDCA

Maitland has a strong cricket tradition which can be traced back to the 1840's through a collection of reported articles in local media at the time. 

In modern times, Maitland Cricket has adapted to the rapid pace of the games development; waxing and waning popularity of the sport in the region as well as administrative challenges that Associations are tasked with as custodians of our sport at a grass-roots level.

Maitland & District Cricket is fortunate to draw players from such a large catchment area; with clubs and teams spanning 3 LGA's - Maitland, Cessnock and Port Stephens. Our clubs and players participate in local and representative competitions, encompassing three formats of the game; two-day cricket, one-day cricket and T20 cricket.

A Brief History of the MDCA

The history of cricket in Maitland & District Cricket Association is rich and detailed; a tale woven into the fabric of our community since the 1840s. Discover the origins, challenges, and triumphs that have shaped our beloved sport through the ages.

Origins of Maitland Cricket

Maitland's cricket journey began in the 1840s, chronicled through local media reports of spirited matches played in open paddocks. Spearheaded by Thomas Honeysett, a visionary mill-owner, cricket emerged as a cherished pastime, laying the foundation for what would become the Maitland & District Cricket Association in 1894.

Cricket's Evolution in Maitland

In its infancy, cricket in Maitland bore little resemblance to the modern game. Matches were contested on rough, obstacle-laden grounds, with pitches chosen ad hoc, often resulting in challenging playing conditions. Despite these hurdles, the spirit of the game thrived, with local enthusiasts fashioning cricket balls from leather and timber, showcasing resourcefulness and passion.

The Pioneers and Innovations

Early Maitland cricketers, though lacking in protective gear, embraced the sport with zeal. From the introduction of batting gloves and pads in the 1850s to the gradual acceptance of innovations like round-arm and overarm bowling, our cricketing pioneers navigated a rapidly evolving landscape, driven by a commitment to fair play and sportsmanship.

Tradition and Camaraderie

Beyond the boundary ropes, Maitland's cricketing fraternity found solace and camaraderie in local establishments, where matches were organized, challenges issued, and victories celebrated. Amidst the puff of smoke from fieldsmen's pipes and the thrill of wagered matches, cricket became not just a game but a vibrant thread in the social fabric of our community.

Legacy and Heritage

As we trace the footsteps of those who came before us, we honor their legacy and contributions to Maitland cricket. From the era of four-ball overs to the establishment of boundaries in the 1850s, each chapter of our history speaks to the resilience and spirit of our cricketing heritage.

Embrace the Journey

Join us in celebrating Maitland cricket, where every match, every inning, and every player adds to the tapestry of our storied past. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a budding enthusiast, our history beckons you to embrace the journey and become part of the enduring legacy of Maitland & District Cricket Association.

MDCA Committee

President - Mark Warland

Secretary - Matt Trappel

Treasurer - Dallas Hughes

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