1983-84 CTPL Season & Grand Final Review
Hot premiership favourite Clarence posted an outright win over North Hobart in the final round to lead the standings convincingly – Clarence 82, Glenorchy 69, New Town 58 and University 51.
In its semi-final Clarence compiled 369/9 after being 184/5 in reply to University’s 191. Skipper Roly Hyatt (80) was the key batsman in Clarence’s progression to the final. Glenorchy dismissed New Town for 215 and thanks to Greg Butterworth’s 75* recovered from 116/4 to pass the target with four wickets in hand.
Rain and bad light on the second day of play put paid to Glenorchy’s chances to win the premiership with the match called off just before 5pm with Clarence defending grimly on 160/5 – 199 behind Glenorchy’s 359/9 amassed on the first day. Play had begun two and a half hours late on Sunday and an early tea was taken because of rain.
Highlight of the match was a double century by Glenorchy opener Lindsay Davidson. His 203* included twenty fours and two sixes. The memorable innings was his last in TCA cricket as he planned to return to country Victoria (Bairnsdale) after 4½ years at Glenorchy. Captain Tony Wade was full of praise for Davidson’s batting. “He scored 135 v University in last year’s semi-final and came good at the end of this season with 100* v Sandy Bay in the last roster match. It just goes to prove he’s a good player under pressure.”
Wade was philosophical about the drawn final. “We played five sessions of cricket and won them all. It was a disappointing result because we worked so hard. This game proved we were good enough to win.”
Wade believed the match would have had a close finish if play had continued to the scheduled 5.30pm finish and there had been no further interuption. The Glenorchy skipper set attacking field placings in an effort to capture wickets in the remaining time but Clarence’s defence was resolute and they held out.
Clarence captain Roly Hyatt was pleased with his team’s performance and said the team had shown a lot of depth getting to the top of the ladder with so many state players out during the season.
Glenorchy won the toss on Saturday and elected to bat on a level TCA pitch. Davidson went on the offensive immediately and scored 14 off Neil Williams’s first over. Glenorchy lost opener David Higgins and Chris Broadby cheaply, but a solid stand between Davidson and Tony Wade put some respectability back into the score. Wade made 25 before being caught just after lunch by Mark Kerslake in slips off Ian Beven’s bowling.
New batsman Greg Butterworth was superbly run out by Hyatt at mid-off in the next over, but a good partnership betwen Greg Eade (37) and Davidson pushed the score beyond 200. Don Holland played second fiddle to Davidson late in the innings and made 31 before being bowled by the TCA Cricketer of the Year, Michael Tame.
Tame was the best of the Clarence attack, bagging 4/95 off 33 accurate overs. He was backed by state spinner Ian Beven who sent down 44 overs to get his 2/82. English import Neil Williams experienced no-ball foot-fault problems throughout his spell, finishing with 1/86 from 22 overs.
Clarence openers Ken Archer and Beven added 40 before the latter was caught and bowled by Tony Cerritelli for 17. New batsman Mark Kerslake added only three before keeper Don Holland caught him attempting to drive paceman Shane Dawson. Brian Davison was the Roos’ top scorer in an uncharacteristically slow innings for his 76*, although he did open his shoulders to smash Chris Broadby and Ian James for six.
Spinners Broadby and Davidson were able to contain Clarence but lacked penetration. Broadby bowled twelve maidens in his 18 overs for 0/17. Dawson proved he was over an ankle injury and claimed three vital wickets for 49 off 13 overs.
Mercury reporter – Stuart Gillies