1993-94 CTPL Season & Grand Final Review
North Hobart was the clear leader of the competition at the conclusion of the roster programme with 140.42 points; Clarence 123.42, Glenorchy 104.27 and University 91.34 also moved forward to the finals.
The semi-final series provided a weekend of entertainment with two excellent matches dominated by former state players Mick Taylor and Tim Bower. At Bellerive minor premiers North Hobart put together a formidable 337 with Taylor flaying the University attack for 158; he clubbed 21 fours during his exhilarating 230 minutes at the crease. University replied with 237. At the TCA, Glenorchy demolished Clarence’s top order – at one stage the Roos were 93/8 before wicket-keeper Michael Granger (62) saved some face. Tim Bower with 6/40 was the destroyer. Clarence’s 182 looked to be enough when Glenorchy slumped to 58/5 but Andrew Wyver had other ideas and was undefeated on 103 when the Magpies passed the target with the loss of only one further wicket.
North Hobart won the toss and elected to bat in perfect conditions. Openers Mark Davis and Damien Green had the scoreboard ticking over nicely and put on 80 for the opening stand before Davis (36) fell victim to Broadby, caught by Bower at leg gully on the final ball before lunch.
Glenorchy then applied the pressure in the next hour and the reigning premiers lost skipper Green (44), Mick Taylor (17) and Myles Harry (1) to Bower. Peter Di Venuto became the anchor of the innings and raced to 24 before he became Broadby’s second wicket. The left-hander had smacked Broadby to the point boundary and then worked him through mid-wicket before Broadby tempted Diva to wave the bat and he was caught at first slip after the ball bounced off keeper Paul Ransley.
Steve Herzberg looked aggressive during his innings of 28 but was the victim of his own enthusiasm, mis-hitting Broadby into covers where he was caught. Herzberg and David Collins had steadied the ship somewhat with an important 51-run partnership, but just as Collins started to take control of the bowling he too, mis-hit an off-drive and was caught. Errol Barrow and Todd Pinnington added valuable runs at the end.
At stumps the match was evenly balanced with North 250/9 declared, having recovered from 128/5 shortly after lunch.
Glenorchy’s veteran left-arm orthodox spinner Chris Broadby patiently chipped away at the North Hobart batting to claim 6/70 off a marathon 39 overs. Broadby came through in the wake of Glenorchy speedster Tim Bower, who made the breakthrough after lunch by dismissing three of North’s top five batsmen within the space of 32 runs.
The wheels fell off early when Glenorchy began its innings the next day. North’s new-ball bowlers Chris O’Neill and Barrow did the bulk of the damage, taking four wickets each. O’Neill’s performance was a telling factor; at one stage he had taken 3/1 off ten deliveries. Glenorchy went to the lunch break reeling at 35/5.
After lunch, Stuart Cobern teamed with Brett Jones for the only constructive partnership of the innings, pushing the score to 102 when Jones was caught by O’Neill for 28. Cobern was quick to follow when he fell into a trap laid by off-spinner Steve Herzberg, lofting the ball to deep backward square leg where he was caught by O’Neill, who couldn’t be kept out of the game.
Cobern left the field after scoring 56 to a hearty round of applause, even joined in by the North Hobart players; but with his dismissal the game lasted only 21 more minutes. O’Neill’s new ball partner Barrow cleaned up the tail, dismissing Broadby and Matthew Boxall in the same over, and North claimed the title for the third consecutive season.
Its hat-trick of premierships established North Hobart as the new powerhouse of TCA cricket, having dominated the competition over the past three seasons the way Clarence dominated the scene in the 1980s.
The TCA suspended four players for a total of up to thirteen matches following an incident during the final. North Hobart’s Damien Green, Peter Di Venuto and Mark Davis, togther with Andrew Wyver from Glenorchy, were reported by the umpires for misconduct during the final session of play. All were found guilty and given various penalties.
What sparked the incident was a remark from one of the North Hobart players to Wyver after the Glenorchy player was dismissed for a duck at a crucial stage of the match. North’s captain Green was suspended from all matches commencing before 30 November 1994, while team-mate Davis was ruled ineligible to play before 11 November. Di Venuto and Wyver were both suspended from playing in matches commencing before 1 November.
Mercury reporter – James Bresnehan