1964-65 CTPL Season & Grand Final Review
Final points – New Town 65, North Hobart 65, Glenorchy 62 and Kingborough 44.
It finally happened! Rain washed out play in the semi-finals and Glenorchy, after ten successive final appearances, missed out! New Town and North Hobart advanced to the final when play was abandoned on the second day of the semis. Glenorchy with 221/5 was well placed in its final with North; New Town had scored 173/4 v Kingborough before its match was terminated.
North Hobart allowed the premiership to slip from its fingers. With the fourth ball of the match they had Brian Sheen back in the pavilion and, even after they dropped New Town captain Max Cashion in the third over, they had his wicket with the score at 24/2. But a succession of dropped catches followed and by stumps New Town had recovered brilliantly to be 293/8.
The worst clanger of all was Gary Brakey’s fumble in slips when he missed Brian Eade before he scored. Eade was still at the wicket when stumps were pulled – undefeated with 74. Rain interrupted play for 30 minutes and, as a consequence, New Town reserved the right to continue to bat into the second day.
Features of the day were the copy-book strokeplay of Keith Hyland, who made a polished 92; the vigorous and courageous batting of Brian Eade; and the lion-hearted bowling by Brakey, who finished with 5/68.
During the day the following catches went begging:
Brakey gained first blood when Sheen played onto his stumps without a run on the board. He struck again after lunch when he claimed the wickets of Hyland and Wiseman in successive overs, and following the resumption of play after rain he cleaned up the Direen brothers in the same over.
Len Maddocks and Hyland steered New Town out of the early trouble at 24/2; while Hyland kept his wicket intact, dealing smartly with the loose ball, Maddocks was aggressive and his shots to square leg were delightful. They were not separated until just before lunch. With the score on 111, Maddocks attempted to drive spinner Gordon Long and was snapped up at the wicket. His 47 included six fours and the partnership with Hyland yielded 87 runs in 83 minutes.
Peter Wiseman became the sheet-anchor after lunch while Hyland did the attacking; they added 58 of which Wiseman contributed only nine, taking the score to 169 when Brakey, in his first over after the break, bowled Hyland with a good one which took the off-bail. Hyland’s 92, made in 198 minutes with nine boundaries, was a mixture of sound defence and fine stroke play, especially through the covers.
Wiseman left a run later; New Town had slipped to 170/5 and North was on top again; however it was Brian Eade’s time to twist the tail and in a series of partnerships he was able to turn the fortunes around. Firstly there was a 54-run 6th wicket stand with Terry Wylie (16), then came a 43-run 7th wicket partnership with Norm Direen (19) which ended when Brakey returned to dismiss the Direens with the score on 267. Eade continued to bat aggressively and at stumps New Town had reached 293/8.
Brakey was the best of the bowlers. He was really fast and his hostility seldom slackened. Randall took 2/27 but was used sparingly.
When play resumed the following Saturday, New Town did not last long – only five overs were needed to wrap up the innings for the addition of only 16 runs. Eade scored 14 of these and remained 88*; his innings lasted 200 minutes and included six fours. He gave the one chance – before he had scored!!
Whatever hope North had of challenging New Town’s total was soon snuffed out. They got away badly and at lunch were 53/5. The batting improved somewhat after the break and eventually reached 166. Max Atwell, who batted for 178 minutes for 47, was the anchor man for North but there was no other batsman capable of building a total against a persistent attack. Unlike the North Hobart fumbles the previous week, New Town held everything that remotely looked like a chance.
New Town batted a second time but its innings was an anti-climax and ended at 5.50pm. Skipper Max Cahsion was struck a heavy blow to the head from a fast delivery from Sam Randall and was forced to retire hurt. The pain would have been short-lived, particularly when he received the premiership cup for the second successive season.
Mercury reporter – Keith Welsh